Miller, Davis from softball; Gaita from baseball earn weekly honors
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Three Plymouth State University student-athletes were recognized by the Little East Conference (LEC) for their performances on the diamond last week.
Junior pitcher Dylan Gaita (Melrose, Mass.) was named the LEC Baseball Pitcher of the Week, while sophomore pitcher Caitlyn Miller (Lee, N.H.) was named LEC Softball Pitcher of the Week and senior third baseman Abrie Davis (Amherst, N.H.) earned LEC Softball Player of the Week honors.
Gaita earned the win in his only start last week, scattering four hits over six innings of work in the Panthers' 11-1, LEC-opening win against the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. He held the Corsairs off the scoreboard while striking out eight as PSU won in eight innings. UMD had been receiving votes in last week's ABCA/College Baseball News Poll. Gaita (2-0, 2 SV) is currently fourth in the league averaging 10.13 strikeouts per nine innings while sporting a 2.95 earned run average. This is his first weekly honor of 2018.
Miller was honored for the second consecutive time after a pair of dominant performances in the circle. She finished the week a combined 2-0 with a 0.64 earned run average while striking out 18 batters over 11 innings of work. On Wednesday she surrendered just two base hits and struck out six during her four innings as the Panthers topped Salem State 10-0 in five innings. She followed that up with a career-high 12 punch-outs while scattering five hits as PSU topped Rhode Island College, 3-1. She leads the league in strikeouts (50) and is tied for the league lead in wins (5) and saves (2), while sitting second in ERA (2.01). It is her second weekly honor of the season.
Davis had an impressive week at the plate for the Panthers, batting an even .500 (7-14) with three doubles, six RBI and three runs scored as PSU swept a pair of double headers. On Wednesday she went 4-8 with a double and two RBI in a pair of wins over Salem State (10-0, 5-1). She capped the week with a 3-6 effort with two doubles while driving in four as PSU swept Rhode Island College (3-1, 10-0) to open the LEC schedule. She is currently tied for the team lead with three doubles and is tied for second on the team with eight RBI. This is her first weekly honor.
Both teams are currently riding four-game winning streaks. The baseball team is scheduled to play at Bates College on Wednesday (Apr. 4) at 4:00 p.m., while the softball team travels to Fitchburg State University on Thursday (Apr. 5) for a pair of games. First pitch is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.
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