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May 9, 2012

Chatfield leads PSU Baseball past USM in LEC Tourney

Panthers upset top seed, play again Thursday

            GORHAM, Maine – Senior lefthander Bobby Chatfield put on a dazzling pitching performance Wednesday morning as sixth-seeded Plymouth State University upset top-seeded University of Southern Maine, 3-2, in Game 1 of the Little East Conference Baseball Tournament, hosted by USM.

   
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            Chatfield (4-4) scattered four hits and three walks over his nine-inning, complete-game effort, shutting down the top team in the LEC.  He took a two-hit shutout into the ninth inning and withstood a pair of hits to lead off the ninth.  USM had runners on second and third with no outs, and both came home on a pair of infield grounders.  The Huskies had the potential tying run at first with one out, but Chatfield's move to first got the runner thrown out attempting to steal, and the Panther southpaw got the next batter on a groundout to third to end the game.

            PSU, 18-20 overall, moves on to play third-seeded Rhode Island College in the double-elimination tournament's Game 5 Thursday at 12:30 p.m.  RIC was upset by fourth-seeded Eastern Connecticut State University in Wednesday's Game 3.

            The Panthers got on the board with a run in the third inning.  Freshman Paul Reny led off with a double to left center field, went to third on an infielder's error, and scored on an infield groundout by senior Ryan McIntosh.

            PSU extended the margin to 3-0 with two key runs in the seventh inning, thanks for four consecutive two-out singles.  Freshman David Foote and Reny delivered singles to put runners on base, and sophomore Jeff Runnals and senior Luke Merrill followed with RBI singles.  Reny and Runnals finished with two hits apiece for the Panthers, and Chatfield did the rest.

            Sophomore Logan Carman started for USM and worked into the seventh inning but took the loss (4-3).

            PSU lost both regular season meetings to RIC back on April 7 in Providence, 10-3 and 5-2. 

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