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April 25, 2009

PSU Baseball drops pair to UMass Dartmouth

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           PLYMOUTH, N.H. - The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth scored 28 runs on 39 hits Saturday afternoon en route to sweeping a Little East Conference baseball doubleheader from Plymouth State University, 7-1 and 21-11, at Panther Park.

           The two wins give UMD a 5-7 mark in the LEC and 9-23 overall, while PSU suffered its 10th straight conference setback and fell to 1-11 in the Little East and 14-21 overall.

           Senior Dave McGuire (Plainville, Mass.) had two hits and drove in four runs to lead the Corsairs in the opener, three coming home on his first home run of the season.  Freshman Dan DeMello (Taunton, Mass.), sophomore Matt Ryan (Uxbridge, Mass.) and junior Tom LaDore (Milford, Conn.) also collected three hits apiece to pace an 18-hit Corsair attack.

           Sophomore Shane Campbell (Marlboro, Mass.) recorded the victory for UMD with a complete-game effort, scattering eight hits and three walks while striking out four and improving to 2-4.

           Sophomore Grant Livingston (Niantic, Conn.) had three singles to lead the Panthers in the opener, and junior Steve Picco (Marshfield, Mass.) knocked in the only run with a second-inning single.

           It was a 3-1 game though six innings when UMD tallied three unearned runs with two outs in the seventh to solidify the win.

           Sophomore Jeff Macchi (Franklin, Mass.) went 6-for-6 with a double and four runs batted in to lead the Corsairs in the nightcap.  Classmate Pete Beksha (Franklin, Mass.) contributed four hits, including a three-run home run in the seventh inning, while sophomore Ryan McDermott (Pembroke, Mass.) was 3-for-4 with two doubles and three runs batted in.  McGuire also contributed three hits and four runs scored.

           Freshman Mike Cappiello (Westfield, N.J.) led the Panthers in the nightcap with a triple, home run and three RBIs.  Five others had two hits each in a 13-hit Panther attack, with senior Jim VanGyzen (Glocester, R.I.) and sophomore Bryant Lausberg (Somersworth, N.H.) driving in two runs each.

           PSU held an 8-6 lead after four innings but the Corsairs came back with seven runs in both the fifth and seventh innings.  UMD hit three home runs in the seventh inning, one each by Ryan, Beksha and senior Casey Askeland (Dartmouth, Mass.).

           Both teams play LEC make-up doubleheaders on Sunday, PSU visiting the University of Massachusetts Boston and UMD hosting Western Connecticut State University. 

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