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March 27, 2013

Plymouth State Baseball stifles Babson

Wilson fires three-hitter to lead Panthers

            BABSON PARK, Mass. – Senior righthander Rew Wilson (Niantic, Conn.) struck out a career-high 11 batters as part of a complete-game three-hitter Wednesday afternoon to lead the visiting Plymouth State University Panthers to a 6-1 victory over the Babson College Beavers in a non-conference baseball contest at Govoni Field.

            Babson (6-4) broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the fourth with an unearned run off Wilson as senior Trevor Boyce (Canton, Mass.) reached on an error, moved to third on a double to left by senior Chris Kucher (Westwood, Mass.), and scored on a groundout by sophomore Sean MacPhee (Framingham, Mass.).

   
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            That would be all Wilson would allow the rest of the way, as he retired 16 of the final 18 batters that he faced to secure the win. In all, Wilson surrendered just three hits and walked one while striking out 11 in nine innings of work. His previous game-high was seven strikeouts last season against Lyndon State.

             Freshman Hunter Silva (Bourne, Mass.) took a no-hitter into the sixth inning for the Beavers, giving up an unearned run in the fifth without allowing a hit.  PSU junior Jeff Runnals (Wolfeboro, N.H.) managed the first hit off Silva in the sixth, driving in senior Ryan McIntosh (Lincoln, N.H.) with a single to left and putting PSU ahead for good.

            The knockout blow came in the seventh, when the visitors tacked on three runs on three hits, a pair of walks, and two errors to build a 5-1 advantage. McIntosh had an RBI single to key the rally. PSU added one more run in the ninth on a Runnals sacrifice fly.

            MacPhee, Kucher, and senior John Botelho (Tempe, Ariz.) recorded one hit apiece for Babson, while sophomore Brian Thompson (Southington, Conn.) had two hits and Runnals drove in two runs for Plymouth State.

            PSU plays again Thursday against Rivier University.  Due to field conditions in New Hampshire, the game has been moved to 11 a.m. at Victory Field in Watertown, Mass. 

(Courtesy of Babson Sports Information) 

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