Panthers to host Dennis McManus Day Sunday at Panther Park
BROCKTON, Mass. – The Plymouth State University baseball team came out on the short end of both games Saturday afternoon, dropping a Little East Conference doubleheader to the University of Massachusetts Boston, 4-3 and 11-5, at Campanelli Stadium.
Winners of seven of their last eight games, the Beacons improved to 17-12 overall, 7-5 in the LEC with Saturday's sweep. The Panthers dropped to 12-21, 3-9 in the conference. The sweep also marked the second time in the last three years that the Beacons recorded the back-to-back victories over their longtime conference rivals.
After falling behind early in game one, the Panthers tied the game at 2-2 in the top of the sixth inning. Junior Dave Hall (Groton, Conn.) singled to drive in classmate Paul Reny (South Portland, Maine), who had singled and stole second. Hall came around to score on a fielder's choice by junior Dan Armstrong (Danville, N.H.)
However, with one swing of the bat by junior Luke Nagle (Pembroke, Mass.), the Beacons went back out in front with his two-run blast over the right field wall. Nagle, who finished 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored, plated Anthony Searles (Shelton, Conn.), who started off the inning with a double.
Plymouth State would drive in its third run of the contest in the top of the eighth on an RBI double by junior Justin Walsh (Goffstown, N.H.) with two outs on the board. UMass would get out of the inning on a fly out to keep their lead at one.
UMB closed out the win in the ninth as senior closer Josh Cummiskey (Lowell, Mass.) allowed just one baserunner on an error before getting a 6-3 double play to end the game.
Junior Matt Doxter (Somersworth, N.H.) was handed the loss for PSU after allowing all four runs on 11 hits in five innings of work. He also had three K's and one walk.
The Panthers struck first in the top of the first inning of the nightcap as they took advantage of a Beacons error to make it 1-0. The Panthers would maintain that lead, as they held the Beacons bats to just two hits prior to the bottom half of the third.
The Beacons would unload four runs on six hits in the third inning. A double by Mantoni drove in a pair of runs, while an RBI double by Todd Ezold (Westfield, Mass.) and an RBI single by Nagle gave the Beacons some breathing room.
UMass pushed their lead to 7-1 in the fourth frame with three runs on three hits. Ezold drove in the first run on single to deep center field which scored Brothers. Daniel Bonito (Swampscott, Mass.) would then hit his first home run of the year to give the Beacons some insurance. The two-run shot was a line drive over the right field wall.
The Panthers got their biggest offensive inning in the top of the sixth scoring three runs to cut the deficit to 7-4. Hall and sophomore Jarek Krajewski (Cranston, R.I.) delivered RBI singles and freshman Cam Ruziak (Sterling, Mass.) added a run-scoring double to right.
The Beacons would push their lead back to four in the bottom of the same inning on a sac-fly by Nagle. UMass put the final nails in the Panthers coffin in the seventh and eighth innings, as they tacked on three more runs to blow the game open. Brothers would rip an RBI single in the seventh, while in the eighth the Beacons would score runs on a passed ball and a wild pitch.
PSU is back in action Sunday at noon, hosting Colby College in a non-conference doubleheader at Panther Park. It is also Dennis McManus Day as PSU recognizes its retiring head baseball coach.
(Courtesy of UMass Boston Sports Information)
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