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March 20, 2012

PSU Baseball drops two to New Paltz

Panthers have next two days off in Florida

            FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Plymouth State University baseball team was on the short end of a doubleheader against the State University of New York at New Paltz Tuesday, falling by scores of 6-2 and 3-2 on the third day of action in the Gene Cusic Classic.

            The Panthers smacked out 10 hits in the opener but pushed only two runs across the plate.  Sophomore Tucker Regan plated a run with a sixth-inning sacrifice fly, and senior Luke Merrill singled home a run in the seventh.

            Merrill and three teammates -- seniors Mike Cappiello and Ryan McIntosh and junior Steve Beard  – had two hits apiece in the loss.

            New Paltz took a 2-0 lead in the nightcap with solo runs in the first and third innings, and PSU got one back in the last of the fourth on a sacrifice fly by junior Rew Wilson. New Paltz scored an insurance run in the top of the seventh inning, which they ended up needing as McIntosh cracked an RBI double in the bottom of the seventh, but McIntosh was stranded at second to end the game.

            Freshman Michael Welch had a strong outing on the mound for PSU, allowing just two runs on five hits in six innings.

            After playing six games in three days, PSU (6-4) will have the next two days off before returning to the diamond Friday with a twinbill vs. Wooster (Ohio). 

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