FORT MYERS, Florida - Plymouth State College was on each end of a pair of one-run softball games Tuesday in the annual Gene Cusic Collegiate Classic, falling in eight innings to Upper Iowa 6-5 but coming back to defeat Roger Williams in the regulation seven innings by the same score.
Plymouth State now has a 4-2 record on the season-opening Florida trip, with four games left to play. PSC came back from Florida last year with a 2-8 record.
The Panthers nearly pulled out a win in the early game. Tied at 3-3 after seven innings, Upper Iowa scored three runs in the top of the eighth. PSC rallied for two of its own in the bottom half of the inning, but fell a run short.
Junior Kelly Anderson (Exeter, NH) and sophomore Kristen Fusick (Windsor Locks, Conn.) had two hits apiece to lead the Panther hitters. Freshman lefthander Lyndsy Patten (Ellsworth, Maine) suffered the loss to drop to 1-1, allowing two home runs to Peacock outfielder Renee VanderVinne.
PSC scored four runs in the fifth inning against Roger Williams to take a 6-3 lead and held on for the win. Senior Jen Moulton (Bow, NH) was the winning pitcher for the Panthers, improving her record to 2-0. Freshman Steph Marsland (Cumberland, RI) had two hits for PSC, and Steph Ruel (Biddeford, Maine) and Abby Russell (Newfane, VT) each had RBI doubles, Russell's coming in a pinch-hit role.
The Panthers conclude the 10-game trip with two encounters Thursday (Franklin Pierce at 9 a.m., Salve Regina at 2 p.m.) and two more Friday (Buffalo State at 11 a.m., Middlebury at 4 p.m.)
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