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March 21, 2008

PSU Baseball splits final two games on Florida trip

            FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Plymouth State University baseball team wrapped up its spring break trip to Florida Friday afternoon with a doubleheader split against SUNY Fredonia in the annual Gene Cusic Collegiate Classic. PSU won the opener, 9-4, and Fredonia came back to take the second game, 8-7.

            After falling behind 3-0 in the opener, PSU tied it up on a three-run home run by sophomore Steve Picco (Marshfield, Mass.).  The teams traded runs in the fourth inning, and the Panthers pulled away with one run in the fifth inning and four runs in the sixth.  Picco added an RBI double to finish with four RBI, and senior Brandon Hodge (Bradford, Vt.) hit a solo home run.

            Freshman Seth Labossiere (Lincoln, R.I.) pitched five innings for PSU and earned his first collegiate victory.  Freshman Chris Bryant (Lebanon, N.H.) closed out the Blue Devils to earn his first career save.

            The nightcap started out as a slugfest, as PSU led 3-2 after one inning and the game was tied 6-6 after two frames.  Fredonia pulled ahead with a run in the fourth but the Panthers tied it at 7-7 in the sixth.  The Blue Devils went on to push the game-winning run across the plate in the bottom of the seventh inning.

            The PSU hitters finished with 12 hits in the nightcap.  Freshman Grant Livingston (Niantic, Conn.) had three hits, including a double, and Hodge and junior Kevin Levandowski (Derry, N.H.) contributed a pair of hits each.

            The Panthers wrap up the trip with a 3-9 record.  The team returns to New Hampshire Saturday, with the next game slated for this Wednesday at Babson College (3:30 p.m.) The Little East Conference opener is next Saturday, March 29, at Rhode Island College (12:00 p.m.)

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