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VanGyzen leads PSU Baseball past Rivier

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           PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Senior Jim VanGyzen (Glocester, R.I.) hit two doubles and a home run and drove in a career-high six runs Wednesday afternoon to lead Plymouth State University to a 21-2 victory over Rivier College in non-conference baseball action at Panther Park.

           VanGyzen slugged his fourth homer of the season with two men aboard to highlight a four-run first inning for PSU.  He added an RBI double in the fifth inning and a two-run double in the sixth.  He was one of four Panthers to record three hits as PSU won for the fifth time in its last six games to improve to 14-18 overall.

           Seniors Jay Kleponis (Reading, Mass.) and Marc McGinnis (Hanover, Mass.) and sophomore Bryant Lausberg (Somersworth, N.H.) also collected three hits apiece for the Panthers.  Kleponis reached base in all six plate appearances with a double, two singles and three walks, scoring four runs and knocking in two.  McGinnis reached base five times on three singles, a walk and a hit batsman, and Lausberg scored four runs after registering a double, two singles and a walk.

           Freshman Joe Hudson (Greenfield, Mass.) recorded the win for PSU, evening his record at 2-2 with five innings of work.  He allowed two runs on four hits and walk while striking out seven. Classmates Jonathan Bishop (Woburn, Mass.) and Bobby Chatfield (Sharon, Conn.) each pitched an inning of hitless relief.

           Junior Chris Hunt (Lisbon, N.H.) was instrumental in the two Rivier runs.  He doubled home a run in the fourth inning and came around to score on a single by junior Corey Burns (Dorchester, Mass.), one of Burns' two hits in the game.

           After playing 10 games on seven consecutive days, PSU is off on Thursday before resuming Little East Conference action Friday home against rival Keene State College (3:30 p.m.).  Rivier plays its final home game of the season Friday at Holman Stadium against Newbury College (3:00 p.m.) 

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