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Plymouth State Baseball explodes past Babson

BABSON PARK, Mass. - The Plymouth State University baseball team erupted for nine runs in the top of the eighth inning Wednesday afternoon to claim a 16-6 victory over host Babson College in a non-conference contest at Govoni Field. The loss was just the second of the year for the Beavers (6-2), while the Panthers improved to 3-7.

Babson grabbed a 2-0 lead in the second inning when freshman Brian Scanlon (Lawrenceville, N.J.) singled off the center fielder's glove to score a run and junior Steve Tahmoush (Arlington, Mass.) followed with an RBI single to left. Plymouth State answered in the top of the third as senior Dylan Mullin (Derry, N.H.) and junior John Pogorzelski (Hillsborough, N.J.) both singled and scored on a three-run homer to right by senior Josh Labossiere (Lincoln, R.I.)

Babson regained the lead in the bottom of the third when junior Jay Verrill (Auburn, Maine) doubled in two runs. The home team tacked on another run in the fourth on Bartlett's single to center to make it 5-3.

The Panthers tied the game at 5-5 with two runs in the top of the sixth, as senior Steve Campo (Londonderry, N.H.) singled in classmate Jamie Aceto (Cumberland, R.I.) and later scored on a bases-loaded walk by Pogorzelski. Babson moved back in front, 6-5, in the bottom of the seventh when Tahmoush drove in a run.

That set the stage for Plymouth State's nine-run explosion in the top of the eighth, which began with a game-tying RBI single by sophomore

Josh Roberti (Cranston, R.I.). Junior Brandon Hodge (Bradford, Vt.) gave the Panthers the lead for good when he drove in two with a single to left, and sophomore Jay Kleponis (Reading, Mass.) broke it open with a two-run triple to right-center. Campo later knocked in two more with a single up the middle, Mullin plated another with a double to right, and Roberti capped off the outburst with his second RBI single of the inning. The Panthers added two more runs in the ninth for the 16-6 final.

Campo went 2-for-6 with three runs scored and four RBIs for Plymouth State, while Labossiere also went 2-for-6 with two runs and three knocked in. Junior hurler Chip Hale (Londonderry, N.H.) earned the win after pitching the seventh and eighth for the Panthers, while sophomore Adam Neshe (Framingham, Mass.) tossed two scoreless innings in the fifth and sixth to quiet a Babson lineup that had scored five runs in the first four frames.

PSU opens Little East Conference play this Saturday with a 12:00 p.m. doubleheader at perennial powerhouse Eastern Connecticut State University. Babson hosts Keene State Thursday at 3:00 p.m.

(Courtesy of Babson Sports Information)

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