Cappiello leads PSU Baseball past Becker in slugfest

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            WORCESTER, Mass. - Freshman Mike Cappiello (Westfield, N.J.) had five hits and drove in seven runs Wednesday afternoon to lead Plymouth State University to a 17-10 victory over Becker College in a non-conference baseball game at WPI's Class of 1893 Field.

            Cappiello smacked three doubles and hit his fourth home run of the season to lead a 16-hit attack for PSU.  Four of his teammates had two hits apiece, including sophomore Matt Koban (Bradford, N.H./Kearsarge), who had a double, a single, two walks, a stolen base and three runs batted in.

            PSU wraps up the regular season at 17-23 overall, while Becker is now 14-14-1.

            Plymouth State scored at least one run in seven of the nine innings.  After scoring single runs in the first two frames,  PSU put up four runs in the third, five in the fifth and two in the sixth to take a 13-2 lead.  Becker scored six times in the bottom of the eighth inning to pull to within four runs (14-10), but the Panthers added three insurance runs in the top of the ninth.

            Seniors Marc McGinnis (Hanover, Mass.) and Jay Kleponis (Reading, Mass.) and junior Steve Picco (Marshfield, Mass.) joined in the hit parade for PSU with two hits apiece,

            Sophomore Bryant Lausberg (Somersworth, N.H.) was the starting and winning pitcher for PSU, working seven innings and allowing just two earned runs on seven hits and no walks while striking out three.  Seniors Chris Welch (South Burlington, Vt.) and Nick Englert (North Woodstock, N.H.) eached pitched a scoreless inning of relief.

            Senior Geoff Sinnott (Coventry, R.I.) led the Hawks with three hits and four RBIs, including a home run. Junior Jim Ceglarek (Chicago, Ill.) also had three hits, including a pair of doubles.

            PSU is the eighth seed in the upcoming Little East Conference Tournament, and will travel to top-seeded University of Southern Maine this weekend for a best-of-3 series.  A doubleheader on Saturday begins at 12 noon, with Sunday's game, if necessary, at 1:00 p.m.

            Becker's next game is Friday against Elms College in a game at Southern Vermont College (3:00 p.m.) 

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