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PSU Baseball falls in final two Florida games

UW-Oshkosh downs Panthers twice in final at bat

            FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Plymouth State University baseball team played a pair of tight games in the finale of its Florida trip Saturday afternoon, but the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh came from behind in its final at bat in both ends of the doubleheader to defeat the Panthers, 5-4 and 8-5, in the Gene Cusic Classic.

            PSU held a 4-3 lead through six innings in the first game but saw the Titans rally for a pair of runs in the top of the seventh and hold on for the 5-4 victory.  The Panthers had a 5-2 advantage in the nightcap when Oshkosh rallied for six runs in the bottom of the sixth and held off the Panthers in the top of the seventh.  UWO improves to 11-1 on the season while PSU wraps up the Florida trip with a 7-6 record.

            The Panthers scored their first two runs in the third inning of the first game without a hit.  Sophomore Justin Walsh (Goffstown, N.H./Bedford) and senior Brendan Cosgrove (Merrimack, N.H.) reached on one-out walks and came home on an Oshkosh throwing error on senior Steve Beard's (Middleton, Mass.) sacrifice bunt attempt and a sacrifice fly by senior Ryan McIntosh (Lincoln, N.H.). Beard knocked home a run on an infield grounder in the fifth, and senior Dave Tammaro (Cheshire, Conn.) doubled and scored on a sacrifice fly by junior Rob Madonna (Cranston, R.I.) in the sixth as PSU took a 4-3 lead.

            UW-Oshkosh pulled ahead in the top of the seventh with a two-run rally. The Panthers put two runners on in the bottom of the seventh but couldn't push the tying run across.

            Sophomore Cody Gilchrist (Tyngsboro, Mass./Bishop Guertin) pitched the first five innings for PSU, allowing three runs and striking out four.

            PSU jumped on top 4-0 in the second inning of the nightcap with four unearned runs.  Cosgrove drew a two-out bases loaded walk to start the scoring; Beard was then hit by a pitch to bring in the second run and McIntosh followed with a two-run single to right. UWO answered in the bottom of the inning with a two-run single by freshman Robbie Kleman.

            The Panthers went up 5-2 with an unearned run in the fifth inning, but Oshkosh came back with a six-run rally in the sixth with the help of two walks, an error and a wild pitch early in the inning.  Senior Bobby Kachel, Kleman and sophomore Neil Hebert all had RBI singles for the Titans.

            Junior Tucker Regan (Niantic, Conn.) allowed just two runs on five hits through five innings before tiring in the sixth.  Sophomore Josh Young (Somersworth, N.H.) came on to get the final out.

            The Panthers return to New England and will be back on the diamond for a single game Wednesday at Babson College (4:00 p.m.) 

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