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April 2, 2006

Saint Joseph’s spoils home opener for PSU Baseball

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - The Saint Joseph's College baseball team clubbed 24 hits and scored 21 runs Sunday afternoon, spoiling the home opener for Plymouth State University and sweeping the non-conference doubleheader at Panther Park, 9-2 and 12-6.

           The Monks also got solid pitching efforts, limiting the Panthers to eight runs and nine hits in the twinbill.  Saint Joseph's extended its winning streak to five games and improved to 11-5 overall, while PSU fell to 6-10.

           PSU had a 2-1 lead through four innings of the opener, but the Monks rallied with three runs in the fifth inning, one in the sixth and four more in the seventh and final frame.  Sophomore Luke Enman (Milan, N.H.) led Saint Joe's with three hits and three RBI, while senior Ben Muniz (Readfield, Maine) added two hits and a walk and scored three runs and junior Chris Doughty (Windham, Maine) chipped in with a pair of RBI singles.

           Freshman Josh Labossiere (Lincoln, R.I.) accounted for both Panther runs.  He led off the first inning with a walk, went to second on a balk, stole third, and scored on a sacrifice fly by senior C.J. Rousseau (Merrimack, N.H.)  Labossiere then cracked his first career home run in the third inning, the first of two round-trippers on the day.

           Sophomore Charlie Furbush (South Portland, Maine) started and won the opener for the Monks, improving his record to 3-1.  He gave up two hits, two walks and two runs in four innings while striking out five.  Junior Tim Conway (Bedford, N.H./West) started and took the loss for PSU.

           Saint Joseph's took an early 7-0 lead in the nightcap, scoring five times in the first inning and twice more in the second.  PSU got on the board with a pair in the last of the second and one in the third, but the Monks put the game away with two more runs in the fourth inning and three in the fifth.

           Muniz and Enman again did the damage offensively for the Monks, each with a double and a home run and combining for five hits, four RBI and seven runs scored.  Furbush also contributed four RBI with a pair of two-run singles.

           Labossiere had two more hits for PSU in the nightcap and two RBI, both coming on his second homer of the day.

           Both teams used several pitchers, with junior Ben Cutter (Westbrook, Maine) picking up the win in relief for the Monks and freshman starter Jay Kleponis (Reading, Mass.) taking the loss for the Panthers.

           PSU, which is in the middle of a string with 11-out-of-12 games at home, will host Keene State in a Little East Conference game on Wednesday (3:30 p.m.).  SJC returns home to host Husson in a doubleheader on Wednesday (1:00 p.m.)

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