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March 18, 2006

PSU Baseball splits first two games in Florida

 FORT MYERS, Fla. - Sophomore Chip Hale (Londonderry, N.H.) turned in a standout pitching performance in his first appearance of the season Saturday evening, leading the Plymouth State University baseball team to a doubleheader split against Knox College (Ill.) in the Gene Cusic Collegiate Classic.

            The Panthers came back to win the second game behind Hale, 7-2, after dropping the opener, 6-2.  Hale pitched a complete-game two-hitter in the nightcap, allowing no walks and only a pair of unearned runs in seven innings while striking out 11 batters.  He was ill and did not pitch during PSU's opening games a week ago.

            Junior Dylan Mullin (Derry, N.H.), who had three hits and three RBI in the nightcap, sparked a four-run Panther rally in the third inning that would provide Hale all he would need.  Mullin knocked in two runs with a triple, senior Scott Begalle (Rumney, N.H.) followed with an RBI double, and senior C.J. Rousseau (Merrimack, N.H.) finished it off with a run-scoring single.  Begalle and Rousseau each finished the game with two hits.

            Rousseau and junior Jamie Aceto (Cumberland, R.I.) each collected two singles for the Panthers in the opener, and freshman Josh Roberti (Cranston, R.I.) added a double, but those were the only hits PSU got off Knox senior Nathan Harres (Millstadt, Ill.), who went the distance to earn the victory.

            Senior Luke Sherman (West Peoria, Ill.) was 3-for-3 with a double, a home run and two RBI for the Prairie Fire, while sophomore Paul Bennett (Edwards, Ill.) had two hits, including a homer, and two RBI.

            PSU, 3-1 on the season, plays again Sunday night in a doubleheader against Wisconsin-Superior.

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