Panthers drop two to UMD

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth used a solid combination of hitting and pitching Sunday afternoon to sweep a Little East Conference baseball doubleheader from Plymouth State College at Panther Park, 13-6 and 6-1.

The Corsairs scored 13 runs on 15 hits to win the opener, including eight extra-base hits. Freshman Jason Thompson (Plymouth, Mass.) then allowed only one hit and six walks while striking out seven in a complete-game effort to lead UMD in the nightcap. The outcome leaves the Corsairs at 13-15-1 overall and 6-4 in the Little East, while PSC drops to 13-16 overall and 3-8 in conference play.

UMD used a balanced offensive attack in the opener, as six different players had two hits apiece. Senior Brian Pereira (New Bedford, Mass.) hit a two-run homer in the first inning, his ninth of the season, as one of his two hits, and junior Ryan Sullivan (Chicopee, Mass.) hit his second of the year, a two-run shot in the fourth. Sophomore Chris Waymon (Wareham, Mass.) also cracked a pair of doubles and drove in three.

Senior Matt Price (Epping, N.H.) led the Panther hitters with his team-leading sixth home run of the season in the opener. Price, classmate Jay Zinis (Manchester, N.H./West), junior Jay Morgan (Laconia, N.H.) and sophomore Matt Gabellieri (Lincoln, R.I.) each collected two hits. Senior Jon Rich (Londonderry, N.H.) pitched the first three innings and was saddled with the loss to fall to 1-2.

The only hit allowed by Thompson in the nightcap was a leadoff single in the fifth inning by senior Robbie Burr (Concord, N.H.), but he was stranded at third. PSC got its only run in the sixth when senior Scott Hodsdon (Somersworth, N.H.) and Price drew walks, and Hodsdon came around to score on an infield out.

Sophomore Rob DeLuca (Methuen, Mass.) led the Corsairs' offense in the nightcap with three hits. Waymon had two hits and two RBI, and Jason Orlando (Gloucester, Mass.) contributed two hits, including a double.

PSC senior starter Jason Egan (Sharon, Mass.) allowed four runs (three earned) in seven innings and took the loss (1-3).

The next game on the Panthers' schedule is Wednesday at Lyndon State, but PSC needs to play Rhode Island College in a make-up game, and that game could be played on Tuesday.