NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. - Sophomore pitchers Chip Hale (Londonderry, N.H.) and Jim VanGyzen (Foster, R.I.) turned in outstanding performances for Plymouth State University Saturday afternoon but the Panthers had to settle for a split of the first Little East Conference doubleheader of the spring at the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Complex.
PSU took the opener 8-1 behind the complete-game pitching of Hale and a 14-hit attack by the offense. UMD came back to take the nightcap, 1-0, as UMD junior Will Mahoney (Mattapoisett, Mass.) outdueled VanGyzen in a battle of southpaws.
Hale allowed only five hits, two walks and one run in his nine-inning stint, striking out nine. He surrendered a first-inning run but went scoreless the rest of the way to improve his season record to 2-1.
Senior Scott Begalle (Rumney, N.H.) smacked a two-run single to break a 1-all tie in the third and gave the Panthers the lead for good in the opener. Begalle and freshman Josh Roberti (Cranston, R.I.) singled in runs in a three-run eighth, and junior Steve Campo (Londonderry, N.H.) and Roberti added RBIs in the ninth.
Mahoney was dominant for UMD in the nightcap, allowing only two hits and two walks and striking out 10. He retired 19 Panthers in succession between the second and eighth innings, and allowed only one PSU batter to reach second base.
VanGyzen was nearly as dominant, holding UMD to just three hits. The Corsairs scored the only run of the game in the seventh when senior Dan Mancini (Marlboro, Mass.) and junior Mike Maclean (Spencer, Mass.) both walked, senior Eric Griswold (Taunton, Mass.) singled to load the bases, and Mancini scored on a sacrifice fly by junior Evan Britto (Rochester, Mass.)
PSU, 6-8 overall, returns to Plymouth for the home opener Sunday at Panther Park against Saint Joseph's (12:00 p.m.) UMD, 4-10 overall, also returns to action Sunday against Brandeis.
(Courtesy of UMass Dartmouth Sports Information)
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