PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Junior Steve Campo (Londonderry, N.H.) scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning on a suicide squeeze bunt by classmate Dylan Mullin (Derry, N.H.) Wednesday afternoon, and Plymouth State University held on to defeat the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 9-8, in a non-conference nine-inning baseball game at Panther Park.
It was a see-saw battle, with MIT taking leads of 2-0, 3-2, and 5-4. PSU rallied to score four runs in the last of the sixth to go ahead 8-5, but the Engineers tied things up with three runs in the top of the seventh to set up the winning rally for PSU.
Freshman Joe Brayton (Medfield, Mass.) came on in relief for PSU, keeping MIT off the board further in the seventh and again in the eighth to pick up the victory and improve to 2-0. Sophomore Chip Hale (Londonderry, N.H.) pitched a scoreless ninth inning for the Panthers for his first save.
Both teams finished with 16 hits on the afternoon. The outcome snapped an eight-game losing skid for PSU as the Panthers improved to 7-15. MIT fell to 11-6.
Campo finished the day with three hits for PSU, including a double and an RBI. Sophomores Josh Labossiere (Lincoln, R.I.) and Doug Urquhart (North Andover, Mass.), seniors Scott Begalle (Rumney, N.H.) and C.J. Rousseau (Merrimack, N.H.), and freshman Josh Roberti (Cranston, R.I.) all collected two hits, with Urquhart cracking his first career home run. (Urquhart’s grandmother was in the stands watching him play for the first time in his career).
Senior Greg Williams (Clany, Mont.) led all batters with four hits in the game for MIT. Sophomore Kevin Wheeler (Tucson, Ariz.) had three hits, including two home runs and two RBI, and senior Kyle Zeller (Sea Ranch Lakes, Fla.) had three hits, including a homer and three RBI.
PSU is right back in action Thursday with another non-conference home game against River (3:30 p.m.) MIT returns home to host Eastern Nazarene on Thursday (3:30 p.m.)
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