PSU Baseball powers past Rivier

Panthers benefit from 11 walks

            RINDGE, N.H. – Plymouth State University scored 15 runs on eight hits and 11 walks Thursday afternoon to win a non-conference baseball game against Rivier College in Rindge, N.H. at Franklin Pierce University.

            Junior Ryan McIntosh (Lincoln, N.H.) led the Panthers with two hits, including a double, and three runs batted in. Senior Anthony Vadala (Medford, Mass.) also collected two hits and drove in a run and junior Mike Cappiello (Westfield, N.J.), sophomore Joe Perry (Sandwich, Mass.) and freshman Jeff Runnals (Wolfeboro, N.H./Kingswood) each knocked in two.

            The Panthers took a 3-0 lead in the first inning, two runs coming home on back-to-back doubles by McIntosh and senior Bryant Lausberg (Somersworth, N.H.)  PSU put the game away in the fourth inning with eight runs on four hits.  Vadala had an RBI single in the rally and McIntosh and Runnals added two-run singles.

            PSU starting pitcher Joe Hudson (Greenfield, Mass.) cruised through five innings of one-hit ball, giving up just one run in the fourth inning after a walk to Greg Sierra (Bronx, N.Y.) and a double to Aramis Velez (Lowell, Mass.).  Both Jonathan Bishop (Woburn, Mass.) and Bobby Chatfield (Sharon, Conn.) pitched an inning of no-hit relief for Plymouth to finish the game after seven innings.

            Plymouth State, 5-10 overall, opens Little East Conference play Saturday with a 12 noon doubleheader at Eastern Connecticut State University.  Rivier, 1-8, will host Suffolk University in a twinbill Saturday at Adams Field in Quincy, Mass. 

(Courtesy of Rivier Sports Information) 

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