Plymouth State Holds On To Defeat MIT, 9-8

April 12, 2006

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Plymouth State Sports Information

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Junior Steve Campo scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning on a suicide squeeze bunt by classmate Dylan Mullin 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 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 pitched a scoreless ninth inning for the Panthers en route to 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 and Doug Urquhart, seniors Scott Begalle and C.J. Rousseau, and freshman Josh Roberti all collected two hits, with Urquhart cracking his first career home run.

Senior Greg Williams led all batters with four hits in the game for MIT. Sophomore Kevin Wheeler and senior Kyle Zeller continued their hot stretch with big days at the plate as well. Wheeler had three hits, including two home runs and two RBI, while Zeller had three hits, including a homer and three RBI.

Freshman Thomas Phillips got the call to start against PSU, but left the game after surrendering two earned runs in four innings. Although the pitching staff failed to allow a free pass all afternoon, the Engineers' bullpen had a difficult time stopping the Panther attack.

Wheeler reached base four times on Wednesday as he was hit by a pitch in the third inning. Freshman David Nole reached base safely three times. Nole went 1-for-3 with the wood, while drawing two walks and adding two runs scored.