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March 24, 2006

PSU Baseball drops final two games on Florida trip

 FORT MYERS, Fla. - The University of the South (Sewanee) limited the Plymouth State University baseball team to four runs and 10 hits Friday, sweeping the Panthers 7-3 and 4-1 in a non-conference doubleheader in the Gene Cusic Classic.

            After splitting its first six games on the Florida trip, PSU dropped its last four to fall to 5-7 on the season.  Sewanee has now won three straight to improve to 9-10.

            The Panthers took a 2-0 lead in the first inning of the opener when sophomore Brandon Hodge (Bradford, Vt.) tripled home junior Dylan Mullin (Derry, N.H.) and then scored on a sacrifice fly by senior C.J. Rousseau (Merrimack, N.H.).  Senior Scott Begalle (Rumney, N.H.) singled and came around to score in the second inning, but that was it for the Panther offense in the opener.

            The Tigers got to PSU freshman starter Jay Kleponis (Reading, Mass.) for three runs in the second inning and two more in the fourth, and then put the game away with a pair of insurance runs in the seventh.  Senior Matt Woods (Decatur, Ga.) struck out one and allowed four hits for the win, improving to 3-3 this season and 17-11 for his career. Sewanee's 10-hit offense was led by junior John Davis (Tallahassee, Fla.), who had a home run and two RBI, and sophomore Sean Hilley (Alpharetta, Ga.) with two hits and two RBIs.

            Plymouth State took the lead in game two as well when Mullin doubled in the third inning and scored on a single by junior Steve Campo (Londonderry, N.H.)  But junior Daniel Shaver (Dayton, Tenn.) blanked PSU the rest of the way for his first career complete game victory.

            Sewanee was led on offense by freshman Taylor Burns (Dallas, Tex.) and senior Chris Petrucka (Atlanta, Ga.) with two hits each.  Sophomore Justin Flanagan (Hingham, Mass.) pitched a complete game for PSU, allowing only three earned runs while striking out four, but took the loss.

            PSU returns to action back in New England with the Little East Conference opener on Saturday, Apr. 1, in a twinbill at UMass Dartmouth (12:00 p.m.) 

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