GORHAM, Maine --- Junior shortstop Julie Plant (Gorham, Maine) had five hits, including three doubles, scored twice and knocked in two runs to lead the University of Southern Maine Huskies to a pair of 3-2 wins over the visiting Plymouth State College Panthers in Little East Conference softball action Tuesday afternoon at Towers Field.
The Huskies have now won seven straight games, and 11 of their last 12, to improve to 20-12 overall and 7-1 in Little East play. The Panthers, who have now suffered four straight one-run losses and eight such defeats this season, slip to 6-18 overall and 2-6 in the conference.
In the opener, Plymouth State took a 1-0 in the first inning on an RBI double by sophomore Kelly Anderson (Exeter, N.H.) that plated sophomore Abby Russell (Newfane, Vt.) who led off the game with a single.
The Huskies came right back in their half of the inning scoring twice when junior June LaVallee (Sidney, Maine) and Plant pulled off a double steal, and Plant later scored on a single by sophomore Melissa Buccieri (Lebanon, Maine).
Plant scored what proved to be the winning run in the third when she doubled, advanced to third on a groundout and scored on Buccieri's second RBI single of the game.
Plymouth State pulled within one in the fifth inning when Russell doubled, sophomore Lorienne Fink (Laconia, N.H.) sacrificed her to third, and Anderson delivered another RBI single.
The Panthers would get no closer as junior right-hander Jenn Kenney (Standish, Maine) did not allow another hit. Kenney gave up just six hits and one walk while striking out a season-high nine to raise her record to 8-5.
Senior left-hander Amanda Murphy (Canton, Conn.) was the tough-luck loser for the Panthers falling to 1-6.
In the nightcap, the Huskies built a 3-0 lead on a pair of RBI doubles by Plant and an RBI double by LaVallee before the Panthers came back with two in the sixth inning.
Russell reached on a one-out infield hit, advanced to second on a wild pitch, and came home on a double by Anderson. Senior Kerry Bickford (Belmont, N.H.) delivered Anderson with a single to right center field.
Southern Maine sophomore right-hander Erica Gagnon (Oakland, Maine) raised her record to 11-6 allowing five hits and one walk while fanning nine.
Plymouth State junior right-hander Jen Moulton (Bow, N.H.) took the loss despite allowing just six hits and one walk. She struck out two. She is now 4-6 on the season.
(Courtesy USM Sports Information)
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