PSC drops pair at UMass Dartmouth

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. - Plymouth State College was on the short end of a Little East Conference baseball doubleheader Saturday, falling twice to UMass Dartmouth, 11-4 and 14-9.

The games were scheduled to be played in Plymouth, but were moved to UMD because of the snow on Panther Field. PSC remained the home team in both games. The losses drop the Panthers to 2-12 overall and 1-3 in the conference, while the Corsairs are now 13-6 and 4-1.

Sophomore Scott Hodsdon (Somersworth, N.H.) singled home two runs to key a three-run fifth inning in the opener to give PSC a 4-3 lead, which lasted into the seventh inning. But the Corsairs came back with three runs in both the seventh and eighth innings and two more in the ninth to pull away with the win.

Sophomore Matt Salokangas (New Ipswich, N.H.) had three hits for PSC, and sophomore Rob Burr (Concord, N.H./Bishop Brady) hit his second home run of the season. Brian Ronayne and Jason Orlando both had two round-trippers for UMD, and Ryan Sullivan added another. Junior Nate Provencher (Wilton, N.H.) took the loss, allowing six runs (five earned) in seven innings, walking none and striking out seven. Eric Taylor earned a complete game win for UMD, striking out eight and allowing only one earned run.

UMD put the second game away early, getting six runs in the second inning and scoring in each of the first five frames en route to a 12-2 lead. PSC battled back with two runs in the seventh and four in the ninth but couldn't dig itself out of the hole.

Freshmen Brandon Stocker (Sunapee, N.H.) and Richie Miller (Manchester, N.H./ Burlington H.S.-Vt.) each had three hits and two RBI for PSC, and freshman Jay Morgan (Laconia, N.H.) also had three hits. Sophomore Matt Price (Epping, NH) hit his second home run of the season. Mike Rahme smacked two homers for UMD and Doug Kelsch added a solo blast. Jason Hinchliffe earned the win for the Corsairs, while Jeff Morgan (Laconia, N.H.) took the loss for PSC.

PSC will be out to stop a four-game losing skid in Tuesday's game against Keene State. The contest has been moved to Rhode Island College due to field conditions in New Hampshire.