PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Junior Collin Henry (Penobscot, Maine) and senior Ryan Gaffney (Salem, N.H.) collected four hits apiece and combined to knock in eight runs Friday afternoon as the University of Southern Maine completed the season sweep of Plymouth State University with a 24-6 victory in a Little East Conference baseball game at Panther Park.
Henry cracked two doubles and his second home run of the year and drove in five while Gaffney brought home three runs with four singles. They led a 24-hit attack by the Huskies, which included a four-run first inning and a 10-run second inning to put the game out of reach early. USM, ranked #5 in the nation in Division III, won its 12th straight game to improve to 24-3 overall and 6-1 in the Little East.
The Huskies also got three hits apiece from junior Josh Mackey (Danvers, Mass.) and sophomore Jordan Berthiaume (Berlin, Conn.), and two hits each from sophomore Mike Eaton (Sabattus, Maine) and seniors Chris Burleson (Portland, Maine) and Ryan Pike (Saco, Maine).
USM freshman hurler Josh Jillson (Wales, Maine) went seven innings to record his first collegiate victory (1-1), allowing five runs (three earned) on four hits and five walks while fanning three.
Highlights for the Panthers included a three-run home run by senior Marc McGinnis (Hanover, Mass.), his second of the season, and a solo home run by sophomore Matt Koban (Bradford, N.H.), the first of his career.
Plymouth State, 9-15 overall and 1-6 in the LEC, continues its seven-game home stand Saturday with a 12:00 conference doubleheader against Rhode Island College. Southern Maine returns home to host the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Saturday in an LEC twinbill (12:00 p.m.)
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