PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Dartmouth College and Plymouth State University combined for 32 runs and 36 hits Wednesday afternoon at Panther Park, but the Big Green baseball team proved to be too much for the Panthers and handed the hosts a 21-11 non-conference defeat.
The Big Green, ranked second in New England in Division I, improved to 23-12 overall, while PSU dropped to 5-23.
Dartmouth took a commanding lead early in the game with a nine-run second inning. In fact, the Big Green scored in seven of the first eight innings. PSU didn’t give up, though, coming up with a seven-run fifth inning and finishing with 11 runs, its third-highest output this season.
Senior Scott Shirrell (Portland, Maine) hit a pair of home runs and scored five times to lead Dartmouth. He also pushed his career RBI total to 151, which is a new school record. Juniors Jeff Speights (San Diego, Cal.) and Brian Zurhellen (Placentia, Cal.) each collected four hits for the Big Green, and sophomore Seth Emery (Wayne, Maine) drove in six runs, four coming on a grand slam in Dartmouth’s big second inning. Sophomore Tommy Myette (Bradenton, Fla.) and junior Josh Bailey (Lexington, KY) also had three hits apiece for the visitors.
Sophomore Scott Begalle (Rumney, N.H.) had three hits and two RBI to lead the Panther hitters. Freshmen Jamie Aceto (Cumberland, R.I.) and Joe Annese (Winchester, Mass.) both cracked pinch-hit home runs for PSU, their first of the season. Junior Derek Guimond (Lewiston, Maine), freshman Trevor Hall (New Boston, N.H.), and sophomore C.J. Rousseau (Merrimack, N.H.) all had two hits apiece for the Panthers in the loss.
Freshman Jeff Wilkerson (Walnut Creek, Cal.) started and worked six innings for Dartmouth and earned the win to improve to 2-1. Senior Mike Bradbury (Chatham, Mass.) started and took the loss (1-5) for the Panthers.
PSU travels to Salem State for a non-conference game on Thursday (3:30 p.m.), while Dartmouth faces Harvard in an Ivy League series Saturday in Boston and Sunday in Hanover, N.H.
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