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April 14, 2007

PSU Baseball splits LEC doubleheader at UMass Dartmouth

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. - The Plymouth State University and University of Massachusetts Dartmouth baseball teams combined for 47 runs and 61 hits Saturday afternoon, and when it was over, each team had won one game of the Little East Conference doubleheader at the UMD Athletic Complex.

UMD scored a season-high 18 runs and survived a seven-run seventh-inning PSU rally to win the opener, 18-13; PSU scored six times in the seventh inning and rallied to win the nightcap, 9-7. The doubleheader was moved from Plymouth State due to inclement field conditions; the Panthers were considered the home team and batted second in each game. UMD is now 6-14 overall and 3-5 in conference play, while PSU is 7-12 and 3-3.

The Corsairs scored 10 runs in the first five innings of the opener before the Panthers could get on the board. UMD led 13-4 in the seventh before PSU rang up seven runs in the bottom of the inning to cut the margin to 13-11, but the Corsairs pulled away with three runs in the eighth and two more in the ninth. Both teams had 20 hits in the game.

Senior Josh Labossiere (Lincoln, R.I.) and sophomore Marc McGinnis (Hanover, Mass.) led the Panther offense with four hits apiece, Labossiere going 4-for-6 with a triple and three RBI and McGinnis 4-for-4 with an RBI and three runs scored. Sophomore Jay Kleponis (Reading, Mass.) contributed three hits and four RBI, junior Brandon Hodge (Bradford, Vt.) added three hits, and senior Craig Carpenter (Holderness, N.H./Nashua H.S.) and junior John Pogorzelski (Hillsborough, N.J.) chipped in with two hits each.

Plymouth State had to come from behind again in the nightcap as UMD got off to a 6-0 lead in the third inning. The Panthers got two runs back in the last of the fourth, and after giving up a run in the top of the sixth, PSU stormed back to take an 8-7 lead with the six-run seventh inning, and then added an insurance run in the last of the eighth. Hodge and Pogorzelski had run-scoring doubles in the Panther seventh-inning rally, and freshman Steve Picco (Marshfield, Mass.) added a two-run double.

Junior reliever Chip Hale (Londonderry, N.H.) earned the victory for PSU with a strong effort out of the bullpen, silencing the Corsairs bats with three innings of one-hit, no-run work and closing the door in the ninth inning. Sophomore Chris Welch (South Burlington, Vt.) also held the Corsairs to three hits and one run in two innings of relief.

Labossiere ended up with three hits for PSU in the nightcap, while Picco had two hits and four RBI and Carpenter two hits and three RBI.

UMD returns to action Sunday when it hosts Springfield, while PSU visits Colby-Sawyer on Thursday (3:30 p.m.)

(Courtesy of UMass Dartmouth Sports Information)

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