PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Plymouth State University baseball season came to a close Saturday afternoon with a doubleheader loss at Little East Conference rival Rhode Island College, 13-4 and 10-7. PSU ends the season with a 15-24 overall record and 3-11 LEC mark, while RIC heads to the conference tournament at 20-18 overall and 8-6 in league play.
PSU took a quick 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning of the opener on a lead-off home run by sophomore Josh Labossiere (Lincoln, R.I.), his sixth of the season. RIC came back with single runs in the second and third innings, took control with four runs in the fourth, and turned it into a rout with six runs in the sixth inning. Sophomore Jim Connell (Smithfield, R.I.) hit a three-run homer that broke the game open in the fourth inning. Freshman Bobby Fournier (Dartmouth, Mass.) went 3-for-3 with two runs and three RBI, and belted his first career homer with a solo shot in the fifth.
Labossiere led the Panthers in the opener, going 3-for-5 with two runs scored. Freshman Josh Roberti (Cranston, R.I.) also collected two hits, including a double and an RBI.
Plymouth State took a 1-0 lead again in the nightcap, this time in the third inning. RIC responded with single runs in the fourth and fifth innings, but the Panthers got the lead back with three runs in the top of the sixth on a clutch three-run homer by junior Steve Campo (Londonderry, N.H.) The lead was short-lived though, as RIC put eight runs on the board in the bottom half of the inning to take a 10-4 lead. Three runs for PSU in the eighth inning was too little, too late.
The teams combined for 22 hits in the nightcap. Freshman Chris O'Connors (North Kingstown, R.I.) led the Anchormen offense, going 3-for-4 with three runs scored, two RBI and his fifth home run of the season. Senior Ray De La Cruz (Providence, R.I.) went 2-for-5 with three RBI to go along with his third dinger of the year. Junior Luis Feliz (Cranston, R.I.) also hit a two-run shot.
PSU sophomore John Pogorzelski (Hillsborough, N.J.) went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI to lead the Panthers in a losing effort. Junior Dylan Mullin (Derry, N.H.) also collected two hits and an RBI.
Labossiere finished the season as the team leader in hits (52), runs (36), triples (7), home runs (6) and stolen bases (13), and sharing the team RBI lead with Campo (25). Senior Adam Kobeski (Walpole, N.H.) had a team-high .343 batting average.
Sophomore Jim VanGyzen (Foster, R.I.) led the Panther pitchers with a 3.15 earned run average, while classmate Chip Hale (Londonderry, N.H.) had a team-high three victories. Hale struck out 60 batters in 51.2 innings, and VanGyzen fanned 42 hitters in 40 innings.
(Courtesy of Rhode Island College Sports Information)
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