FORT MYERS, Florida - Plymouth State College's softball team continued its solid play at the annual Gene Cusic Collegiate Classic Thursday, splitting a pair of games to move to 5-3 on the Florida trip.
The Panthers were outslugged by Franklin Pierce, 15-10, in the first game Thursday, but came back with a 7-5 triumph over Salve Regina in the second contest, both games going down to the final inning. PSC returned from Florida last year with a 2-8 record.
PSC knocked out 10 runs on 13 hits against Franklin Pierce (3-4), but the Ravens had even more power, scoring 15 runs on 22 hits. PSC scored three times in the bottom of the sixth inning to take a 10-8 lead, but saw FPC plate seven runs in the top of the seventh to pull out the win.
Freshman Sara Morin (Litchfield, NH) went 4-for-4 with a double and classmate Adriene Harvey (Nantucket, Mass.) was 3-for-4 with a triple to lead the Panthers. Senior Heather Gadourey (North Billerica, Mass.) suffered the loss to drop to 1-1.
Harvey led a furious Panther rally against Salve Regina (4-3). Trailing 5-3 heading into the bottom of the seventh inning, PSC came up with four runs in the inning to pull out the win. Harvey finished the game 3-for-4 with a home run and two triples, including the game-winning three-bagger in the final inning. The victory made a winner out of senior pitcher Jen Moulton (Bow, NH), who is now 3-0.
PSC concludes the Florida trip Friday (Mar. 24) with an 11 a.m. encounter vs. Buffalo State and a 4 p.m. match-up against Middlebury. The first game for the Panthers back in New England is slated for next Tuesday (Mar. 28) at New Hampshire College (2:30 p.m.).
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