Gaita (Baseball), Sullivan (Women's Lacrosse), Miller (Softball) named weekly award winners
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Three Plymouth State University student-athletes were honored with Little East Conference (LEC) weekly awards after their performances on the field last week.
Junior Dylan Gaita (Melrose, Mass.) was named LEC Baseball Pitcher of the Week, senior Sam Sullivan (Canton, Mass.) was named LEC Women's Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week and sophomore Caitlyn Miller (Lee, N.H.) earned LEC Softball Pitcher of the Week honors.
Gaita impressed in his lone appearance of the week. The 6-1 righty tossed eight innings while scattering seven hits to earn the win as the Panthers upset #23 University of Southern Maine, 7-2, in game one of an LEC doubleheader on Saturday. He allowed just one earned run while striking out eight to improve to 3-0 on the year. Gaita is currently fifth in the LEC in earned run average (2.62), seventh in strikeouts (36) and sixth in K/9 (9.44). This is his second Pitcher of the Week award of the spring.
Sullivan had a career-game in the Panthers' only contest of the week, a 20-9 win over LEC foe Western Connecticut State University, on Saturday. She recorded a career-high nine points on six goals and three assists, with her six goals coming on just six shots. Sullivan ranks seventh in the LEC in goals (37) and points (51) and eighth in assists (14). She has continued to climb the PSU all-time scoring list this season. Her 143 career goals are the ninth-most in program history and her 172 career points are tied for 12th-most. She needs just four more points to crack the top ten. This is her second weekly award, having won the Defensive Player of the Week two weeks ago.
Miller helped the PSU softball team to a 5-1 week, picking up three wins and a save in her four appearances covering 23.1 innings. She opened the week with an eight strikeout performance in five innings as the Panthers topped Castleton University, 3-2, on Wednesday. She earned wins in both games of an LEC doubleheader against Eastern Connecticut State University on Saturday, throwing 8.1 total innings while allowing just one run. On Sunday she wrapped up the week with a win and a save as Plymouth swept an LEC twin bill at Keene State College, throwing 10.0 innings and giving up just eight hits and two earned runs while striking out seven. Her name is all over the LEC leaderboard. She is first in saves (five), strikeouts (85), and wins (11), second in shutouts (2), third in strikeout-to-walk ratio (3.40) and ERA (1.82) and fifth in K/7 (5.30). Her five saves are also tied for the most in the nation.
All three teams are home on Tuesday (Apr. 24). The baseball team will square off with rival Keene State at Panther Park with first pitch set for 3:30. The softball team hosts the University of Southern Maine for a pair of games at D&M Park (3:30 p.m./5:30 p.m.) and the lacrosse team celebrates Senior Day with a game against Southern Maine on Arold Field at 4:00 p.m.
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