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PSU Baseball falls to Salem State

McIntosh, Hall with two hits each for Panthers

            SALEM, Mass. – The Salem State University baseball team went over the .500 mark for the season Wednesday afternoon with a 6-2 victory over Plymouth State University in a non-conference game at the Salem State Baseball Field.

            Senior Ryan Sharp (Townsend, Mass.) had a solid start for the Vikings, pitching seven innings and allowing just two runs on six hits with four strikeouts to improve to 3-0.  Salem State is now 11-10 on the year while Plymouth State fell to 12-9.

            Senior Steve Beard (Middleton, Mass.) put Plymouth State on the board first when he tripled and scored in the top of the third.  Salem State responded in the bottom half when Bill Cataldo (Reading, Mass.) came home after hitting a double, and freshman Matt Cafarella (Everett, Mass.) added an RBI groundout that put the Vikings up 2-1.  Senior Dave Tammaro (Cheshire, Conn.) tied the game for the Panthers at 2-2 in the fourth with an RBI single.

            Salem State answered again in the bottom of the fourth when Richard Fecteau (Newbury, Mass.) hit an RBI single that drove in Matt Burgess (Kingston, Mass.) to regain the lead, 3-2. Salem State opened up the game in fifth, scoring three times to chase Plymouth State starter Rew Wilson (Niantic, CT).  Steve Buitkus (Reading, Mass.) walked, and following a single by Kevin Salines (Melrose, Mass.) both runners advanced on a balk. Kyle McElroy (Newburyport, Mass.) singled past the drawn-in infield to plate two runs, and after a Plymouth State error, scored to make the score 6-2.

            Shawn Hull (Gloucester, Mass.) replaced Sharp in the eighth and allowed just one hit over the final two innings.  Ryan Wakefield (Sanbornton, N.H.) struck out the side for the Panthers in the bottom of the eighth.

            Salem State will play at Endicott College on Thursday at 3:30, and Plymouth State returns home to host the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in a Little East Conference doubleheader at home on Saturday at 12 noon.

 (Courtesy of Salem State Sports Information) 

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