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May 3, 2003

Panthers fall twice at WCSU

DANBURY, Conn. - The Plymouth State College baseball team had more hits than Western Connecticut State University in both ends of Saturday's Little East Conference doubleheader, but it was the Colonials who swept the Panthers, 10-4 and 12-10, at WCSU's Westside Field.

The outcome left Plymouth State at 3-11 in LEC play and ends the season at 14-19 overall. Western Connecticut, 15-20-1 overall and 4-7-1 in conference games, qualified for the LEC Tournament but must wait until the conclusion on Sunday's games to determine the tourney seeds.

PSC outhit Western 14-13 in the opener, but WCSU sophomore Justin Davis (Lisbon, Conn.) limited PSC to four runs over nine innings. Sophomore Steve Proteau (New Fairfield, Conn.) led the Colonial offense with two hits and three RBI.

Panther seniors Jay Zinis (Manchester, N.H.) and Matt Price (Epping, N.H.) had three hits apiece and seniors Scott Hodsdon (Somersworth, N.H.) and Sy Tebbetts (Hollis, N.H.) and junior Nick Libera (Cromwell, Conn.) added two hits each, but the Panthers couldn't get key hits when they needed them, stranding 12 runners.

The nightcap wasn't much better for PSC, as Western Connecticut had a 7-0 lead after five innings. The Panthers came back with five runs in the top of the sixth to cut the deficit to two, but WCSU answered with four runs in the bottom of the sixth to regain a six-run lead. PSC made it interesting with four runs in the top of the ninth, but Western held on for the win.

Price and senior Matt Salokangas (New Ipswich, N.H.) had three hits apiece for PSC in the second game, with Salokangas blasting a three-run homer in the ninth inning. Price led the team this season with six home runs, while Salokangas was next with five.

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