PSU Baseball splits twinbill with UMass Boston

            WALTHAM, Mass. - The Plymouth State University baseball team rallied for four runs in the ninth inning Saturday afternoon to take a 4-3 win in game one of a Little East Conference doubleheader, preventing a doubleheader sweep at the hands of host University of Massachusetts Boston, which won the nightcap, 4-2, at Yetten Field.  The Beacons are now 13-20 overall and 4-6 in LEC play, while the visiting Panthers are 10-22 and 3-9.

            UMass Boston senior Nick Conway (Methuen, Mass.) headed into the ninth inning of the first game with a 2-0 lead, having allowed just three hits and a walk while striking out 14, before the Plymouth State bats came alive.  Senior Brandon Hodge (Bradford, Vt.) and freshman Seth Labossiere (Lincoln, R.I.) singles to put runners on the corners. Senior Jim VanGyzen (Glocester, R.I.) walked to load the bases and set up a bases clearing double by number nine hitter Marc McGinnis (Hanover, Mass.) to give Plymouth State a 3-2 edge.  Junior Josh Roberti (Cranston, R.I.) knocked in the final PSU run with a single to increase the lead to 4-2.

            Freshman Timothy Fontaine (Worcester, Mass.) cracked a one-out double in the bottom of the ninth for UMB and scored on an RBI single by junior Eric Salvador (Middleboro, Mass.), but that would be as close as the Beacons would get.

            Senior righty Chip Hale (Londonderry, N.H.) improved to 3-2 for Plymouth State, allowing three runs on seven hits, while fanning 10 in the complete-game effort.  Conway (3-3) allowed four runs on eight hits and a pair of walks to go with the 15 strikeouts, the second-highest single-game total in UMB history.  Conway also increased his career innings total to 237 2/3 and establish a new school-record, eclipsing the 10-year old mark of 233 1/3 set by Steve Howard (1995-98).

            The Beacons scored a run in the first inning of game two when Walsh scored on a double by Fontaine, but the Panthers matched the run in the second when junior Jay Kleponis (Reading, Mass.) led off with a single and later scored on a passed ball.  The Beacons regained the lead in the bottom of the inning when junior Charlie Peters (Burbank, Cal.) reached first on a passed ball after striking out, moved to second on a balk and later scampered home on a single by junior Ryan Oshima (La Jolla, Cal).

            The Beacons tacked on two more runs in the seventh on RBI singles by senior Mike Dorval (Belchertown, Mass.) and junior Jake Chastain (Northfield, Mass.)  Plymouth State looked to duplicate its first game heroics when VanGyzen reached on an error and freshman Mike Moody (Manchester, N.H.) and freshman Grant Livingston (Niantic, Conn.) each walked to load the bases.  Senior John Pogorzelski (Hillsborough, N.J.) knocked in VanGyzen with a fielder's choice to cut the deficit to 4-2, but that would be it for the Panthers.

            Sophomore left-hander Mike Andriano (Massapequa, N.Y.) improved his record to 2-3 for UMB, allowing just one unearned run on seven hits and two walks, while matching his career-high with eight strikeouts.  Freshman lefty Jon Andersch (Concord, N.H.) suffered the loss for the Panthers, giving up two runs (one earned) on seven hits and three walks, while striking out eight.

            Both teams are in action again Sunday, UMB traveling to Gorham, Maine for a noon conference doubleheader at University of Southern Maine, while Plymouth State hosts Norwich University in a 1:00 p.m. twinbill. 

(Courtesy of UMass Boston Sports Information) 

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