PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Plymouth State University baseball team recorded its first victory of the season Friday afternoon, defeating Rivier College, 24-5, in the home opener at Panther Park.
The Panthers scored 24 run on 17 hits and five Rivier errors. Sophomore Joe Eramo (Shirley, Mass.) led the way with three hits, including a pair of doubles, along with four runs batted in and four runs scored. Classmate Marcus Joyce (Scituate, Mass.) also collected three hits off the Panther bench, including a double and an RBI. PSU improves to 1-11 on the season while Rivier falls to 2-10.
Several other Panthers had big days at the plate. Freshman Steve Beard (Middleton, Mass.) reached base five times on four walks and a two-run double; sophomore Mike Cappiello (Westfield, N.J.) reached in all four plate appearances with two singles, two walks and two RBI; and senior Steve Picco (Marshfield, Mass.) hammered out two hits, including a solo home run. Junior Matt Koban (Bradford, N.H./Kearsarge) and freshman Brendan Cosgrove (Merrimack, N.H.) also hit home runs for the Panthers.
Junior left-hander John Andersch (Concord, N.H.) worked six shutout innings to earn the victory (1-2) for PSU, scattering five hits and four walks while striking out nine.
Senior Ryan O’Connor (Medford, Mass.) led the Raiders with two hits, including a double. Freshmen Art Hoffman (Malden, Mass.) and Gilberto Luis (Miami, Fla.) delivered two-run singles in Rivier’s four-run eighth inning, which broke up the shutout.
Plymouth State scored at least one run in every inning, plating one in the first, two in the second and third and putting the game away with seven runs in the fourth inning.
Both teams are right back on the diamond with conference doubleheaders on Saturday at 12 noon as PSU travels to the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth for the Little East Conference opener and Rivier visits Emerson College for a Great Northeast Athletic Conference pair.
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