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Panthers Softball splits with St. Joseph's

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Junior Sara Wormwood (Rutland, VT) hit a two-run home run and senior captain Amanda Murphy (Canton, CT) drove in two runs and was the winning pitcher Thursday night, giving Plymouth State College's softball team a 6-5 victory over St. Joseph's College and a split of the doubleheader at D&M Park.

The Monks captured the opener 8-0, behind the four-hit pitching of Sara Webster (Stockton Springs, ME).

St. Joseph's is now 17-8-1, while PSC is now 7-19 overall.

Plymouth State, opening an eight-game homestand, got off to a rough start in the first game, making five errors and mustering only four hits in five innings. Sophomore Abby Russell (Newfane, VT) had two of PSC's hits, but Webster struck out seven Panthers to improve her record to 10-3.

Freshman Suzanne Picard (Saco, ME) led the Monks' offense in the first game with a pair of doubles in three trips to the plate, and classmate Kelly Premo (Brunswick, ME) scored three runs.

Wormwood's blast in the first inning of the second game was her seventh of the season and 11th of her career, extending her school records in those departments and giving PSC a 2-0 lead. After St. Joe's took a 3-2 lead in the third inning, Plymouth State rebounded with two runs in the bottom half of the inning when Kerry Bickford (Belmont, NH) doubled in Russell and came around to score on an infield error.

The Panthers added two more runs in the sixth when Bickford and sophomore Kelly Anderson (Exeter, NH) singled, and after a sacrifice bunt, scored on Murphy's single. Murphy limited the Monks to a pair of seventh-inning runs over the final four innings to register her second win of the season.

PSC plays two more home doubleheaders this weekend - Saturday (Apr. 24) vs. Little East Conference opponent UMass Dartmouth (1:00 pm.) and Sunday (Apr. 25) vs. St. Anselm (1:00 p.m.).

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