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May 3, 2007

PSU Baseball sweeps twinbill from New England College

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Seniors Dylan Mullin (Derry, N.H./Pinkerton) and Josh Labossiere (Lincoln, R.I.) combined to go 7-for-14 with six runs batted in and six runs scored Thursday afternoon as Plymouth State University swept a non-conference baseball doubleheader from New England College, 7-4 and 12-6, at Panther Park.

The Panthers have won three in a row and four of their last five to improve to 12-22 overall, while NEC falls to 8-24.

The Pilgrims had a 2-1 lead through five innings of the opener, but PSU rallied for six runs in the sixth inning to pull out the win. Labossiere key the Panther rally with a three-run home run, his fourth of the season. Mullin and sophomore Josh Roberti (Cranston, R.I.) also delivered RBI singles in the inning.

Freshman Steve Picco (Marshfield, Mass.) had a solid game for the Panthers, reaching base three times and driving in a run with a second-inning double. Classmate Nick Englert (North Woodstock, N.H.) picked up his first career victory, working two innings in relief of starter Ryan Lavelle (Middleboro, Mass.)

NEC scored four runs with two outs in the third inning of the nightcap to take a 4-2 lead, three coming home on consecutive RBI singles by sophomore Matt Leger (Concord, N.H.) and seniors Roy Sargent (Atkinson, N.H.) and Sean Benoit (Pelham, N.H.) Benoit reaches base in all four plate appearances in the game with a walk and three singles.

The Panthers came back again, scoring three runs in the fourth inning to take the lead for good, and putting the game away with four runs in the fifth inning and three more in the sixth. Labossiere and sophomore Marc McGinnis (Hanover, Mass.) each had a single, double and scored three runs. Junior John Pogorzelski (Hillsborough, N.J.) had a pair of hits, including a double, and sophomore Jay Kleponis (Reading, Mass.) hit his second home run of the season.

Sophomore Joe Brayton (Medfield, Mass.) earned the win in relief for PSU, giving up just five hits and one unearned run in three-and-two-thirds innings of relief.

PSU wraps up the regular season on Saturday with a Little East Conference home doubleheader against Rhode Island College, a twinbill that will help settle the final LEC standings. The conference tournament begins next Wednesday, May 9.

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