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April 21, 2008

PSU Baseball takes two from Lyndon State

           PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Plymouth State University swept a non-conference baseball doubleheader from Lyndon State College Monday afternoon at Panther Park, winning the first game in extra innings, 4-3, and taking the nightcap in a rout, 11-0.

           The Panthers stopped a five-game losing streak and improved to 8-20 overall, while the Hornets, which had won four of their last six, dropped to 7-9.

           PSU took a 2-0 lead in the third inning of the opener on a sacrifice fly by freshman Grant Livingston (Niantic, Conn.) and an RBI single by junior Kevin Levandowski (Derry, N.H.). The Hornets came right back to tie the game in the top of the fourth as senior Jordan Royer (Lyndonville, Vt.) singled and scored on a double by sophomore Jake Ainsworth (Fairfax, Vt.) and a Panther outfield error, and Ainsworth scored on an infield groundout. LSC pulled ahead in the fifth on a double by senior Adrian Guyer (Lyndonville, Vt.) and a single by classmate Michael Swan (Southington, Conn.)

           The Panthers tied the game at 3-3 in the bottom of the sixth when senior Brandon Hodge (Bradford, Vt.) led off with his fifth home run of the season. The game was scheduled for seven innings, but PSU needed eight innings to win it.  After loading the bases on a pair of singles and a walk, senior John Pogorzelski (Hillsborough, N.J.) knocked in the winning run with a suicide squeeze bunt, scoring Levandowski.

           Senior Ryan Lavelle (Middleboro, Mass.) picked up the win for PSU with three scoreless innings of relief, allowing only one hit and two walks.  Junior Josh Fletcher (Richford, Vt.) worked into the eighth inning for Lyndon State and took the loss.

           The Panthers scored two runs in the first inning of the nightcap, and put the game away with six runs in the fourth inning and three more in the sixth.  That was plenty for three PSU hurlers who limited the Hornets to just three hits.  Freshman Chris Bryant (Lebanon, N.H.) recorded his first career victory (1-2) after working five innings of three-hit shutout baseball.  Junior Chris Welch (South Burlington, Vt.) and senior Justin Flanagan (Hingham, Mass.) each pitched a perfect inning of relief.

           Senior Jim VanGyzen (Glocester, R.I.) and junior Josh Roberti (Cranston, R.I.) led the Panther hit parade in the second game with three hits apiece, VanGyzen knocking in three runs.  Freshman Mike Moody (Manchester, N.H./Central) also had two hits and drove in two.

           Both teams play against Castleton State College in their next games, Lyndon State hosting the Spartans in a doubleheader on Tuesday (2:00 p.m.) and PSU visiting Castleton for a single game on Wednesday (4:00 p.m.) 

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