PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Junior Grant Livingston (Niantic, Conn.) and freshman Steve Beard (Middleton, Mass.) had three hits apiece and sophomore Joe Hudson (Greenfield, Mass.) pitched a five-hit shutout Thursday afternoon as Plymouth State University defeated Becker College, 13-0, in a non-conference baseball game at Panther Park.
The Panthers plated seven runs in the first inning and never looked back en route to the victory. PSU finished with 13 runs on 12 hits in the seven-inning affair and played error-free ball in the field, upping its record to 7-23 overall. Becker had a modest two-game win streak stopped and dropped to 11-15.
Hudson scattered five hits and three walks over his seven-inning stint, striking out five to record his first career shutout. His battery-mate Anthony Vadala (Medford, Mass.) also helped out at the plate with a single and three runs batted in.
Freshmen Rew Wilson (Niantic, Conn.), Brendan Cosgrove (Merrimack, N.H.) and Beard all had RBI singles to spark PSU’s first inning rally. Cosgrove added a sacrifice fly in the third inning, and sophomore Joe Eramo (Shirley, Mass.) followed with his first career home run, a two-run blast. Vadala’s two-run single in the fifth inning capped the Panther scoring.
Becker managed just five hits in the game, including doubles by freshman Eric Lajoie (Oakham, Mass.) and senior L.J. Blomgren (Bradenton, Fla.).
Plymouth State returns to the diamond Saturday with a Little East Conference doubleheader against the University of Massachusetts Boston (12 noon). It will be LEC Prostate Cancer Awareness Day at Panther Park as the conference helps raise awareness for the disease.
Becker wraps up its regular season this weekend with a New England Collegiate conference three-game series against Southern Vermont.
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