NEWTON, Mass. (3/18/14) – The Lasell College baseball team split a doubleheader with Plymouth State University in Fort Myers, Fla., winning the opening game 4-1 before falling 7-3 in the second game. The Lasers are 3-4 on the 2014 season following the two games, while Plymouth moved to 5-3 for the year.
Game 1 – Lasell 4 – Plymouth St. 1
Greg Sherman (Marshfield, Mass.) threw a complete game in the first game for Lasell, allowing six hits and three walks while holding Plymouth St. to a run and whiffing three to earn the win. Matt Sammarco (New Canaan, Conn.) singled and doubled while driving in two runs as Lasell used a four-run first inning to earn the victory.
Patrick Canon had a single and a double for PSU who scored their lone run on a Jarek Krajewski run scoring double. Josh Young took the loss on the hill for the Panthers throwing seven innings and allowing four runs on six hits a notching eight strikeouts.
Dan Gagnon (Pomfret Center, Conn.) doubled to open the game for Lasell and advanced to third on a bunt single by Rob Madden (Hingham, Mass.). Bobby Ellard (Medfield, Mass.) knocked in Gagnon when he grounded into a fielder's choice that forced Madden at second. Billy Uberti (Newton, Mass.) was hit by a pitch and Hector Coscione (Newton, Mass.) singled to score Ellard and put runners on first and second. Kevin Post (Cromwell, Conn.) grounded out but Evan Mozingo (Brookfield, Conn.) was hit by a pitch to load the bases for the Lasers with two outs. Sammarco responded with a two-run double and Lasell took a 4-0 lead after their first at-bat.
Plymouth scored a run in the fourth when Krajewski doubled in Brian Thompson but otherwise were held in check by Sherman who earned the complete game victory.
Game 2 – Plymouth St. 7 – Lasell 3
Senior first baseman Billy Uberti went 2 for 3 at the plate with a pair of singles, a walk, a run scored and an RBI for Lasell. Classmate Bobby Ellard finished with a single and a walk in four plate appearances while scoring a run and Rob Madden went 1 for 3 at the plate while also taking the loss on the mound. Madden threw four and two-third innings allowing seven hits and one walk while striking out three and yielding four runs.
Patrick Canon singled and doubled for Plymouth St. while scoring once and driving in a run. Brandon Cox went 2 for 3 at the plate with a pair of singles and a walk while scoring once and knocking in one run for PSU. Mike LaFlamme added a pair of RBI's and Paul Reny rapped out two singles and scored a run for the Panthers. Curtis Arsenault went five innings and scattering eight hits while fanning three and allowing two runs, one earned to pick up the win and Ryan Wakefield pitched the final two innings to earn his first save of the season.
The Panthers went down in order in the top of the first and Lasell loaded the bases with one out in the home half of the first but were unable to score. Madden set Plymouth St. down in order in the visitors half of the second and Lasell was kept off the board in their turn at the plate as well.
PSU got on the board in the top of the third using a single from Jeff Runnals who came around to score on a double by Cannon. The Lasers responded with two runs in their half of the third when Madden reached on a hit-by-pitch and scored on a single by Uberti. Consecutive singles by Wes Hurty (Windsor, Conn.) and Matt Sammarco loaded the bases for Lasell with two outs and Uberti eventually came in on an error to make it 2-1.
Plymouth St. tied the game at 2-2 when Brandon Cox singles and scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Rob Madonna. Lasell went down in order in the bottom of the fourth and the Panthers tacked on two more in the top of the fifth on three straight hits to chase Madden from the game and taking a 4-2 lead.
PSU added an insurance run in the sixth and two more in the seventh inning to take a 7-2 lead into the Lasers final at-bat. Lasell loaded the bases courtesy of a walk, a single and a hit-by-pitch with one out and scoring a run on an RBI groundout. The Lasers were unable to complete their rally, ultimately falling 7-3.