WALTHAM, Mass. - Plymouth State University and the University of Massachusetts Boston split a Little East Conference baseball doubleheader Saturday afternoon at Yetten Field, with UMB winning the opener, 7-4, and PSU coming back to take the nightcap, 7-3. The Panthers are now 11-19 overall and 3-7 in conference play, while the Beacons stand at 13-12 and 4-5.
Junior Tim Conway (Bedford, N.H.) and sophomore Justin Flanagan (Hingham, Mass.) combined the shut down the Beacons over the final eight innings of the nightcap after the Beacons struck for three runs in the first inning. Conway allowed only six base runners while striking out five in his final six innings after a rough start, and Flanagan retired all six batters he faced, fanning two.
The Panther offense, meanwhile, pounded out 13 hits in the second game. Down 3-0, PSU got one back in the second inning when senior Scott Begalle (Rumney, N.H.) tripled and scored on a single by freshman Josh Roberti (Cranston, R.I.) The Panthers tied it an inning later on a two-run double by senior Adam Kobeski (Walpole, N.H.) and took the lead in the fifth inning when senior C.J. Rousseau (Merrimack, N.H.) tripled and scored on a sacrifice fly by junior Steve Campo (Londonderry, N.H.) PSU added insurance runs in the seventh when Campo smacked an RBI double and scored on a Begalle single, and another in the eighth on a RBI single by Dylan Mullin (Derry, N.H.)
PSU freshman Joe Brayton (Medfield, Mass.) turned in an outstanding performance in his first start of the season in the opener. He battled UMB ace Nick Conway (Methuen, Mass.) to a 2-2 deadlock through seven innings, allowing just two runs on five hits. The Beacons got to Brayton for five unearned runs in the eighth inning to pull out the win.
The Panther scored their two runs on a RBI single by Rousseau in the first inning and a sacrifice fly by Campo in the fifth.
PSU plays a pair of non-conference games Wednesday at Castleton State (4:00 p.m.) and Thursday at Salem State (3:30 p.m.) UMB plays Wednesday at Brandeis (3:30 p.m.)
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