PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Western Connecticut State University rallied for four runs in the ninth inning of the second game Saturday afternoon, and swept Plymouth State University in a Little East Conference baseball doubleheader at Panther Park, 8-4 and 4-1.
WCSU took the first game to support pitcher Zane Honious (Wallingford, Conn.), then came back in the nightcap to win behind freshman right-hander Nick Callahan (Corning, NY.).
Western Conn., 21-16 overall, finishes the regular season in third place in the LEC with a 9-5 mark, and will play in the six-team, double-elimination LEC Tournament beginning Wednesday at Eastern Connecticut. Plymouth State completes its season at 8-30 overall and in eighth place in the LEC (1-13).
In the opener, WCSU took a 5-1 lead, with three runs coming home in the top of the fourth on a three-run homer by junior Josh Coleman (Terryville, Conn.). PSU answered in the bottom of the fourth with a two-run homer by sophomore Scott Begalle (Rumney, N.H.), cutting the deficit to 5-3.
Sophomore Adam Kaplan (Stratford, Conn.) knocked in three more runs for the visitors, one with a seventh inning double and two with a ninth inning double. PSU came back with one run in the last of the ninth on an RBI double by freshman Trevor Hall (New Boston, N.H.) but Western held on for the win.
In the nightcap, the Panthers came out firing, with senior starter Mike Bradbury (Chatham, Mass.) pitching eight innings of four-hit, shutout baseball. PSU took a 1-0 lead in the third inning when senior Michael Campo (Londonderry, N.H.) and junior Matt Gabellieri singled, and Gabellieri eventually scored on a fielder’s choice by senior Nick Libera (Cromwell, Conn.).
The Colonials rallied, however, for four runs in the ninth off Bradbury and Gabellieri to pull out the win. Freshmen Andy Powers (Stratford, Conn.) and Greg Jordan (Glastonbury, Conn.) each brought home a run with a sacrifice fly, and freshman Anthony Susi (Bronx, N.Y.) delivered a two-run single.
PSU had three players finish the season with batting overages over .300 (with at least 50 at bats). Hall led the team with a .320 mark, narrowly edging junior Derek Guimond (Lewiston, Maine), who hit .317, and Libera, who finished at .312.
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