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April 28, 2009

Panther Baseball takes two from New England College

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           PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Sophomore Bryant Lausberg (Somersworth, N.H.) went 4-for-4 with a double, home run and five runs batted in Tuesday afternoon to lead the Plymouth State University baseball team to an 11-7 victory over New England College in the opener of a non-conference doubleheader at Panther Park.

           Senior Jim VanGyzen (Glocester, R.I.) cracked a two-run homer in the nightcap, and classmate Taylor Ketchum (Fairhaven, Mass.) tossed a four-hitter with eight strikeouts to lead the Panthers to a 2-1 victory and a sweep of the twinbill.  PSU improves to 16-23 this spring while the Pilgrims complete their season with a 10-23 mark.

           Lausberg hit a two-run homer to right center in the first inning of the opener, his third on the season, and followed with an RBI double to left center in the second and a two-run single to center in the third. He added another single in the fifth inning for his fourth hit of the game. Freshman Mike Cappiello (Westfield, N.J.) also hit a home run in the sixth inning, his third of the year, and sophomore Anthony Vadala (Medford, Mass.) scored four runs after reaching base on all four plate appearances with two hits, a walk and a hit-by-pitch.

           PSU scored three runs in the first and two in the second to take a 5-1 lead.  The Pilgrims came back with three in the top of the third to pull to within a run, but the Panthers pulled away with three in the bottom of the third, one in the fourth and two in the sixth. Freshman Joe Hudson (Greenfield, Mass.) recorded the win on the mound for PSU (3-2) with a complete-game effort, striking out seven.

           Senior Joe Clark (Newcastle, Maine) and sophomore Jimmy Lauzon (Manchester, N.H./West) led the Pilgrims with three hits and an RBI each in the first game.  Junior Scott Miller (Mt. Airy, Md.) knocked in three with a pair of singles, and freshman Lucas Burgess (Bath, N.H.) had two hits and an RBI.

           Ketchum and freshman Taylor Vesey (Goffstown, N.H.) were locked in a scoreless dual in the nightcap when senior Jay Kleponis (Reading, Mass.) led off the fourth inning for PSU with a single and VanGyzen delivered his team-leading fifth home run of the season, one of his three hits in the game.  Ketchum did the rest, limiting the Pilgrims to one run on four hits and two walks.

           NEC plated its only run in the top of the fifth when Burgess singled, stole second and came home on a double by Lauzon.  That was all the offense the Pilgrims could muster, as Vesey was a tough-luck loser despite allowing just two runs on six hits and a walk while fanning five.

           PSU wraps up the regular season Wednesday with a non-conference game at Becker (3:30 p.m.) 

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