NASHUA, N.H. – A five-run fifth inning proved to be difference as Plymouth State University rallied from a 5-4 deficit and went on to cool off host Daniel Webster College, 10-6, in an intrastate baseball matchup Monday afternoon at Harvey Woods Field.
Sophomore Mike Cappiello (Westfield, N.J.) went 3-for-4 with three RBI and freshman Brendan Cosgrove (Merrimack, N.H.) and senior Steve Picco (Marshfield, Mass.) knocked in two each as the Panthers (3-16) halted the Eagles (10-9) five-game win streak.
Junior Bryant Lausberg (Somersworth, N.H.) added a 3 for 5 day while juniors Matt Koban (Bradford, N.H.) and Anthony Vadala (Medford, Mass.) and sophomore Justin Campo (Londonderry, N.H.) had two hits each.
Elliot Kilgore (Milford, N.H.) and Nick Lalumia (Maywood, N.J.) led Daniel Webster with two hits each while Bruce Brown (Lowell, Mass.) connected for this fifth home run of the season, a solo shot in the first.
Sophomore Joe Hudson (Greenfield, Mass.) earned the win (1-4) for PSU, allowing six runs (four earned) on 10 hits, striking out one and walking three. Freshman Rew Wilson (Niantic, Conn.) earned his first save, tossing 2 2/3 hitless innings, striking out four and walking one.
Trailing 5-4 entering the fifth, the Panthers scored five times on three hits and were aided by two costly Eagle errors. The big blow came on a Cosgrove two-run double that put the Panthers ahead to stay at 6-5. Koban would follow with a suicide squeeze bunt that scored two runs and sent Koban all the way to third base on a throwing error, and Koban would come home on an another error for the ninth run.
Cappiello had given PSU a 1-0 lead in the first with a RBI single that scored Lausberg before Brown tied it in the bottom of the frame with his solo shot. DWC forged ahead 2-1 in the second as Lalumia single, stole second and scored on an error.
A Cappiello RBI double and a sac fly from Picco put PSU back up 3-2 in the third but the Eagles would tie it in the bottom of the inning on a Nick Michaud (Windsor Locks, Conn.) sac fly that scored Darrik Marstaller. The Panthers went back up 4-3 in the fourth on a Cappiello run scoring single to plate Campo before DWC took its final lead with two in the fourth on a Kilgore RBI double and a sac fly from Marstaller.
The Eagles are off until Thursday when they face Rivier College in a doubleheader at Holman Stadium in Nashua, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Plymouth travels to Keene State Tuesday for a Little East Conference game at 3:30 p.m.
(Courtesy of Daniel Webster Sports Information)
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