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April 13, 2012

Salem State gets past PSU Baseball

Tammaro homers for Panthers in setback

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Junior Steve Buitkus had three hits and knocked in four runs Friday afternoon to lead Salem State University to a 10-6 victory over Plymouth State University in non-conference baseball action at Panther Park.

            The Vikings, ranked sixth in New England, plated at least one run in each of the first six innings to open up an 8-1 lead.  PSU rallied with five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to pull to within two at 8-6, and had potential scoring rallies in the seventh and eighth innings but couldn't push a run across. Salem State added a pair on insurance runs in the top of the ninth and went on to its 12th straight win, improving to 23-5 overall.

            Buitkus singled and scored on a sacrifice fly in the first inning, and singled to left in the second to drive home a run. Hr brought home another run in the fourth with a sac fly, and finished his productive afternoon with a two-run single in the ninth.  Junior Kevin Salines and sophomores Nick Conti and Felix Zamot also collected two hits apiece for the Vikings, with Zamot also scoring twice and driving in two.

            Junior Dave Tammaro led the Panther offense with his first career-home run, a three-run blast in the middle of PSU's five-run rally. Sophomore Jeff Runnals reached base four times in five trips to the plate with three singles and a walk, and senior Ryan McIntosh added three hits, including a triple, and an RBI.

            Junior Ben Tomsyck earned his first win of the season (1-0) for Salem State with a scoreless inning in relief, while junior Andrew Guido garnered his second save with three innings of scoreless relief, allowing just one hit and one walk while fanning two.

            PSU, 10-12 overall, is right back on the Panther Park diamond Saturday, hosting Eastern Connecticut State University in a Little East Conference doubleheader at 12 noon.  The Warriors are ranked third in New England and 15th nationally.  SSU returns home to host Massachusetts Maritime in a MASCAC doubleheader Saturday at noon.

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