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April 28, 2012

Strong pitching lifts PSU Baseball past UMB

Panthers take two behind Chatfield and Bishop

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Seniors Bobby Chatfield and Jonathan Bishop turned in strong pitching performances Saturday afternoon as the Plymouth State University baseball team swept a key Little East Conference doubleheader from the University of Massachusetts Boston, 10-0 and 6-2, at Panther Park.

            Chatfield pitched seven innings of shutout baseball in the opener, allowing only two hits and four walks while striking out seven to earn the complete-game victory.  Bishop was equally as effective in the nightcap with a nine-inning complete-game win, surrendering just two runs (one earned) on five hits and two walks, fanning five.

            PSU improved to 15-19 overall and 4-8 in the Little East, leapfrogging two teams to move into sixth place in the LEC.  UMass Boston drops to 17-16-1 overall and 5-7 in conference play, just a game ahead of PSU in fifth place.

            Plymouth State senior Ryan McIntosh led the Panther hitters in the opener, going 4-for-4 with five runs batted in.  He broke a scoreless tie in the fourth inning with a two-run home run, and his two-run double in the fifth highlighted a four-run inning.  PSU put the game away with four more runs in the seventh frame, with senior Mike Cappiello doubling home a run, McIntosh driving in another run with a single, and sophomore Rob Madonna finishing off the rally with a two-run single.

            Junior Daniel Heefner pitched a solid game for UMB in a losing effort, working six innings and allowing just two earned runs on five hits and a walk, striking out three.  The Beacons put runners at second and third with no outs in the fourth inning on a hit, a walk and a double-steal, but Chatfield retired the next three hitters to keep the Beacons off the scoreboard.

            Cappiello went 3-for-3 with a double and two RBI to lead the Panthers in the nightcap.  His two-bagger in the fifth inning was the 46th double of his career, breaking the PSU record of 45 previously held by Mark Thompson (1995-98).

            Senior Luke Merrill and sophomore Spencer Webb also had two hits for PSU, and McIntosh drove in three with a two-run single and a suicide squeeze bunt.

            The Beacons plated two runs in the fifth inning on an RBI double by senior Mike Mattei and an RBI single by senior Mark McCormack, taking a 2-1 lead, but PSU answered with three runs in the bottom of the fifth, and Bishop did the rest.

            PSU wraps up the regular season with four home games next week, beginning Tuesday against Middlebury College.  The Beacons will be back in action Sunday when they travel to Endicott.

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