PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Plymouth State College baseball bats continued to be red-hot Saturday at Panther Field, pounding out 30 hits as PSC swept a Little East Conference doubleheader from UMass Boston, 8-4 and 12-3.
PSC smacked 14 hits in the opener and added 16 more in the nightcap, making it six times in the last seven games that the Panthers have reached double figures in hits. Plymouth State pushes its winning streak to six games, improving its overall record to 17-13-1, while the LEC sweep moves PSC into sole possession of third place with a 7-3 conference mark. UMB falls to 13-19 overall and 2-9 in the Little East.
The Panthers also got solid performances on the mound. Senior Ben DuBois (Franklin, NH) tossed a complete-game effort in the opener, allowing four runs (two earned) on nine hits and a walk and striking out 11 to improve his record to 5-2. Freshman Jeff Morgan (Laconia, NH) went the first six innings in the nightcap, giving up two runs (one earned) on six hits and two walks and striking out six to improve to 5-1. Sophomore lefty Arlan Freeman (Portland, ME) worked the final three innings, giving up just three hits and one unearned run for his first save.
After PSC took a 4-0 lead in the first inning of the opener, UMB fought back with two runs in the third inning and one in the fifth. The Panthers extended their lead with two runs in the sixth and one in both the seventh and eighth innings. Senior Mike Ryan (West Roxbury, MA) led the Panthers with three RBI, including his third home run of the season, while seniors Todd Steffanides (Fitchburg, MA), Jim Freda (Windham, NH) and Mike Bence (Warwick, RI) each had three hits. Junior Corey Mastin (Newmarket, NH) also cracked his third home run for PSC, and Steffanides tied a school record with his 15th double of the season.
Senior Steve Szathmary (Somerville, MA) led the Beacons with three singles, and freshman Mark Cahill (Quincy, MA) had two hits and an RBI.
The second game wasn’t in doubt very long, as the Panthers plated three runs in the first inning, five in the second and one more in both the third and fourth innings. Mastin drove in five runs for PSC with a first-inning double and a second-inning, bases-loaded triple, and Dakota Smith (Rochester, NH) added three RBI with a single and a two-run home run, his third of the season. Freda and junior Jason Freeman (Manhasset, NY) each also collected three hits.
Freshman Matt Thomas (Avon, MA) had a strong game for the Beacons in the losing effort, registering four hits, including a double, and an RBI.
PSC plays a non-conference game Sunday (May 2) at Lyndon State (2:00 p.m.), and returns home Tuesday (May 4) to host Keene State in an LEC affair (3:00 p.m.). UMB plays an LEC contest Sunday (May 2) at Southern Maine (1:00 p.m.).