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May 3, 2012

Plymouth State Baseball blanks Middlebury

Six Panther pitchers combine on seven-hit shutout

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Six Plymouth State University pitchers combined to limit Middlebury College to seven hits Thursday afternoon as the host Panthers blanked the visiting Panthers, 5-0, in a non-conference baseball game at Panther Park.

            PSU pushed across single runs in the fifth and sixth innings and added some insurance in the eighth inning on a three-run home run by junior Rew Wilson.  Plymouth State improves to 16-19 overall, while Middlebury drops to 13-16.

            Freshman right-hander Michael Welch started for PSU and worked three scoreless innings, allowing three hits and a walk.  Classmate Robbie Greenleaf pitched the next two innings, giving up three hits and ending up with his first career victory.  Juniors Ryan Wakefield and Jon Whalen, sophomore Aaron Loring and junior Kevin Allard each worked one scoreless inning the rest of the way, with Wakefield and Whalen allowing just a walk, Loring giving up one hit, and Allard finishing up with a perfect ninth inning.

            PSU got on the board in the fifth inning on a bases-loaded fielder's choice by sophomore Jeff Runnals, and made it 2-0 an inning later on an RBI single by Wilson.  An error and a hit-by-pitch preceded Wilson's second home run of the season to left field, giving the Panther hitter four RBI in the game.  Junior Brendan Cosgrove and freshman Paul Reny also had two hits each for PSU.

            Middlebury's seven hits came from seven different players, with senior Will Baine and junior Thomas Rafferty collecting doubles.  Five Panther pitchers saw action, with senior Dirk van Duym taking the loss in relief.

            PSU's regular-season-ending Little East Conference doubleheader against Western Connecticut State University has been moved back to Saturday, beginning at 11:00 a.m.  Middlebury hosts Bowdoin in a NESCAC doubleheader Saturday at 12 noon. 

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