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March 22, 2011

SUNY New Paltz takes two from PSU Baseball

Struggling Panthers fall twice on Spring Trip

            FORT MYERS, Fla. – The struggles continued for the Plymouth State University baseball team Tuesday morning as the Panthers dropped a pair of games to State University of New York (SUNY) College at New Paltz in the Gene Cusic Collegiate Classic, 7-6 and 6-2.

            Trailing 7-1 in the first game, PSU came alive with five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to pull to within a run, but New Paltz held off the Panther rally for the 7-6 triumph.  A three-run rally by New Paltz in the third inning of the nightcap proved to be enough for the 6-2 victory.  PSU drops to 0-6 on the spring trip and 1-9 on the season, while New Paltz is now 7-5 on the year.

            Senior Matt Koban smacked a two-run single and junior Ryan McIntosh added a two-run double for the Panthers in the five-run rally in the sixth inning of the opener.  Junior Mike Cappiello finished with three hits on the day, including a double, while Koban and McIntosh collected two hits apiece.

            Sophomore Spencer Webb started on the mound for PSU and worked into the fifth inning but took the loss.  Senior Chris Bryant and sophomore Ryan Wakefield came on in relief for the Panthers.

            New Paltz scored one run in the first inning of the second game and pulled away with three more in the third inning and two in the fifth.  PSU got on the board with two runs in the top of the sixth, as senior Grant Livingston was hit by a pitch and eventually scored on a passed ball and McIntosh singled and later scored on a Cappiello ground out.

            Junior Luke Merrill pitched the first five innings for PSU, taking the loss after allowing six runs on five hits.  Bryant came on in relief in the sixth inning for the Panthers.

            After playing six games in three days, the Panthers will have their next two days off to rest their pitchers.  PSU returns to the diamond Friday morning with a 9:00 a.m. doubleheader against the University of Scranton (Pa.).

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