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PSU Baseball wins two games over New England College

HENNIKER, N.H. - Junior Dylan Mullin (Derry, N.H.) collected four hits and classmate Steve Campo (Londonderry, N.H.) drove in five runs Thursday afternoon to lead Plymouth State University to a pair of victories over New England College, 5-2 and 13-1, in a non-conference baseball doubleheader at Laurie Cox Field.

            Plymouth State picked up its second straight sweep to improve to 15-22 overall, while NEC completed its season at 8-25.  The teams were scheduled to play a home-and-home series the past two days, but rain on Wednesday turned the games into Thursday's twinbill.

            The Panthers rallied from a 2-1 deficit to win the first game.  Campo delivered an RBI single in the top of the first but NEC came back with a pair in the bottom of the inning to take the lead as Dan Pratt (Concord, N.H.) and Aaron Feinberg (Stoneham, Mass.) hit RBI singles. PSU tied the game in the fourth inning on a walk, a passed ball and two infield groundouts, and took the lead in the sixth when sophomore Josh Labossiere (Lincoln, R.I.) cracked a two-out, two-run double. Senior Scott Begalle (Rumney, N.H.) added an RBI single in the last inning for insurance.

            Freshman Jay Kleponis (Reading, Mass.) earned the win on the mound for PSU, allowing two runs on four hits over six innings.  Labossiere came on to shut the door with a scoreless seventh inning.

            PSU took a 3-0 lead in the second inning of the nightcap, and turned the game into a rout with five runs in the fourth inning and two more in the fifth to make it 10-0.  The Panthers tagged three NEC pitchers for 10 hits and also reached base seven times on walks and three times on hit batters.

            Mullin reached base in all five plate appearances, going 3-for-3 with a walk and a HBP.  Campo drove in four runs with a pair of singles and a sacrifice fly, and Begalle added a single, double and two RBI. Freshman righthander Chris Welch (South Burlington, Vt.) worked six innings to record his first win of the season.

            Plymouth State wraps up the regular season Saturday with a Little East Conference doubleheader at Rhode Island College (12:00 p.m.)

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