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March 20, 2009

PSU Baseball drops final two on Florida trip

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            FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Plymouth State University baseball team suffered a pair of losses to Plattsburgh State (N.Y.) on Friday in the Gene Cusic Classic, 8-5 and 12-5, to wrap up the Florida trip with a 3-7 record.

            The Panthers scored five runs in nine hits in both games, and had leads in both contests, but couldn't hold off the Cardinals, who improved to 8-4 on the season with the sweep.

            After three scoreless innings in the opener, PSU took the lead with four runs in the fourth inning. The key hit in the inning was a bases-loaded, two-run single by junior Garrett Brewer (Rutland, Vt.) After Plattsburgh got one back in the bottom of the fourth, PSU tacked on one more run in the top of the sixth inning on an RBI single by senior Josh Roberti (Cranston, R.I.), taking a 5-1 lead.

            It all fell apart for the Panthers in the bottom of the sixth inning, as the Cardinals plated seven runs.  PSU freshman Joe Hudson (Greenfield, Mass.), who allowed just one run through the first five innings, was touched for the loss after surrendering seven earned runs.

            Freshman Dan Tracy (Somers, N.Y.) improved to 3-0 with the win for Plattsburgh, and senior Billy Davis (Plattsburgh, N.Y.) picked up his second save.

            After Plattsburgh scored a run in the top of the first in the second game, PSU took the lead with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first as sophomore Bryant Lausberg (Somersworth, N.H.) and freshman Mike Cappiello (Westfield, N.J.) delivered RBI singles.  The Cardinals took the lead for good with single runs in the second and third innings, and pulled away with three runs in the fifth, one in the sixth and five in the seventh.

            Sophomore Grant Livingston (Niantic, Conn.) knocked in two runs for PSU with a bases-loaded double in the sixth inning, and freshman Joe Eramo (Shirley, Mass.) added an RBI single in the seventh.

            After returning to New England this weekend, PSU gets back into action on Wednesday (Mar. 25) with a 3:30 p.m. game at Babson College.           

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