PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Senior Sara Wormwood (Rutland, VT) cracked a two-out, three-run home run in the bottom of the fifth inning Saturday to key Plymouth State College's softball team to a 4-2 come-from-behind victory over Rhode Island College in the opening game of a Little East Conference doubleheader at D & M Park.
The Anchorwomen rebounded to take the nightcap, 8-3, and earn the split in the final regular season twinbill of the season. RIC, 21-15 overall, finishes in a tie for third in the LEC with Keene State at 9-5 in league games, while PSC, 15-19 overall, ends up in sixth place at 6-8.
PSC took a 1-0 lead in the first inning of the opener when Kelly Anderson (Exeter, NH) doubled and scored on a single by Adriene Harvey (Nantucket, Mass.). RIC countered with solo runs in the second and fourth innings, with Jen Sabatelli and Katie Costigan providing RBI singles.
The Panthers rallied for the win in the fifth, when Steph Ruel (Biddeford, Maine) led off with a base hit and Nikki Gwynn (Littleton, NH) added a pinch-hit single. Then Wormwood lined her fifth home run of the season over the left field fence, extending her career record total to 16 round-trippers.
Senior Heather Gadourey (North Billerica, Mass.) went the distance to pick up the win (5-4). She allowed only two runs on five hits and a hit batter, striking out four and walking no one. Lea Wiggins took the loss (11-10) for RIC.
RIC senior Meg Davis paced a 14-hit attack in the nightcap, going 4-for-4 with an RBI. Classmate Jen Cook added three hits and two RBI, and Kelly McCaskill and Costigan each registered a pair of hits.
Freshman Lynsey Hoyt (Franklin, NH) had two hits for PSC, including an RBI single in the second inning. Sophomore Kristen Fusick (Windsor Locks, Conn.) had a sacrifice fly and Wormwood added an RBI single during PSC's seventh inning rally, but RIC held on for the win.
These two teams will meet again Tuesday in Providence in the opening round of the LEC Tournament. Regular-season champion Western Connecticut and runner-up Southern Maine receive byes on Tuesday, with third-seeded RIC hosting sixth-seeded PSC (3 p.m.) and fourth-seeded Keene State hosting fifth-seeded Eastern Connecticut.
Western Conn., Southern Maine, and Tuesday's two winners will play for the LEC Championship in a double-elimination tourney this Friday and Saturday (May 5-6) in Danbury, Conn., with the champion receiving an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament.
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