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Panthers knock off St. Joseph's

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Plymouth State College scored six runs in the fifth inning Thursday and went on to register an 11-4 non-conference baseball victory over Saint Joseph's College (Maine) at Panther Park.

Sophomore Josh Forest (Manchester, N.H./Trinity), who was also named ECAC New England Pitcher of the Week Thursday for his no-hitter against New England College in his last outing, worked the first seven innings against the Monks. He allowed just five hits and one run while striking out three, improving his record to 2-3. Junior Jon Rich (Londonderry, N.H.) pitched the final two innings in relief for the Panthers.

Freshman Matt Gabellieri (Lincoln, R.I.), junior Scott Hodsdon (Somersworth, N.H.) and sophomore Michael Campo (Londonderry, N.H.) each had two hits for PSC, with Gabellieri and Campo also contributing two runs scored and two RBI. Campo's performance included his first career home run, a solo shot to right field.

Juniors Robbie Burr (Concord, N.H.) and Jay Zinis (Manchester, N.H./Trinity) also produced key hits for PSC, Burr with a two-run double in the third inning and Zinis with a run-scoring double in the fifth.

Senior Jesse LaCasse (Madison, Maine) led the St. Joseph's offense, going 3-for-3 with three doubles and two runs batted in. Freshman Derek McIntosh (Auburn, Maine) contributed a pair of hits, including a double, and junior Lucas Hannigan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) and Howard Rutherford (South Portland, Maine) added RBI hits in the eighth inning.

PSC, 11-14-1 overall, returns to Little East Conference action Saturday with a twinbill at Rhode Island College (12:00 p.m.). St. Joe's, 12-14 overall, returns home to host UMaine Farmington in doubleheaders Saturday and Sunday (12:00 p.m.).