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Panthers drop LEC pair at UMB

BOSTON, Mass. - Plymouth State College wrapped up the baseball regular season on a disappointing note Saturday, dropping both ends of a Little East Conference doubleheader against the University of Massachusetts Boston, 15-4 and 11-3, in games played at Babson College.

The Panthers conclude the regular season at 16-19-1 overall and 3-10-1 in LEC play, while the Beacons are now 21-15 overall and 3-10 in the conference. PSC and UMB are fighting for the sixth and final LEC play-off berth, and the Beacons have one more conference game to play, a make-up contest Sunday at Southern Maine.

A UMB victory Sunday would propel the Beacons past PSC and into the LEC playoffs, ending Plymouth State's season. A UMB loss would give PSC sixth place, and send the Panthers to Western Connecticut on Tuesday for the opening round of the LEC play-offs.

The Panthers managed just four hits in dropping the opener. Senior Jon Albertini (Franklin, Mass.) drove in PSC's first run with an RBI single in the second inning, and junior Sy Tebbetts (Hollis, N.H.) brought home another run with a bases-loaded walk. Junior Matt Salokangas (New Ipswich, N.H.) accounted for PSC's other two runs with a two-run homer in the third inning, his eighth round-tripper of the season.

Freshman Dan Dixon (Limington, Maine) started for PSC and took the loss (3-2) after giving up nine runs and not getting out of the seventh inning. Sophomore Josh Forest (Manchester, N.H.) came on to work the final two innings.

Junior Robbie Burr (Concord, N.H.) blasted a solo home run in the second inning of the nightcap, his team-leading ninth of the season, to give PSC an early lead. The round-tripper also tied the PSC record for home runs in a season, matching the mark previously set by Dean Prentiss (1987), Jason Lewis (1997) and Mark Thompson (1997).

The Beacons plated two run in the third inning to take the lead, but PSC answered with a run in the fourth inning when Albertini singled and came home on an RBI double by junior Scott Hodsdon (Somersworth, N.H.). UMB took control by putting three runs on the board in both the fifth and sixth innings to take an 8-2 lead. PSC got one back in the seventh inning when sophomore Jay Morgan (Laconia, N.H.) doubled and came home of an RBI single by sophomore Nick Libera (Cromwell, Conn.), but it was UMB the rest of the way.

Senior Nate Provencher (Wilton, N.H.) started and took the loss (2-5) for PSC, working six-plus inning and surrendering nine runs. Junior Jason Egan (Sharon, Mass.) came on to pitch the final two innings for the Panthers.