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PSC no match for Western Conn.

DANBURY, Conn. - Plymouth State College was no match for powerhouse Western Connecticut State University Saturday, dropping both ends of a Little East Conference softball doubleheader, 9-1 and 8-2.

WCSU, the defending LEC champions and 2001 pre-season favorite, improves to 17-1 overall and 2-0 in the conference. PSC saw its losing streak extended to five games, dipping to 3-13 overall and 1-5 in LEC play. The games were scheduled to be played at PSC, but were moved to WCSU due to wet field conditions in Plymouth.

PSC managed only one run and five hits off senior Stacey Miehe in the opener. Panther freshman Kristin Balles (Bedford, N.H.) had two hits, including an RBI double in the third inning, and senior Abby Russell (Newfane, Vt.) also added a double.

WCSU took a 4-1 lead with four runs off PSC starter Lyndsy Patten (Ellsworth, Maine) in the bottom of the fourth, and put the game away with one run in the fourth, three more in the fifth and the last run in the sixth.

The Panthers were limited to just two runs and five hits off freshman Sarah Zaslaw in the nightcap. Freshman Michelle Knox (Gilmanton, N.H.) drove in one run for PSC with a second-inning double, and junior Kristen Fusick (Windsor Locks, Conn.) added an RBI single in the sixth.

The Colonials came from behind again in the second game, putting two runs on the board in the third and adding five runs in the fourth to take an insurmountable 7-1 lead. Freshman Jes Leary (Farmington, N.H.) pitched a complete game for PSC but suffered the loss.

PSC returns to action Tuesday (Apr. 17) with an LEC twinbill at Keene State (3:30 p.m.).