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Panthers drop pair in home opener

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Plymouth State College's softball team continued to struggle Thursday, dropping both ends of a non-conference doubleheader to Saint Joseph's College, 6-2 and 9-4.

The twinbill marked the first home games of the season for PSC. The Panthers have now lost nine straight games, falling to 3-17 overall. The Monks earned their second straight sweep and improved to 10-8 overall.

St. Joseph's got all the runs it would need in the opener with one in the second and four in the third. Junior Sue Picard (Saco, Maine) led the Monks, going 3-for-4 with a double, triple and two RBI. Sophomore Sarah Ouelette (Farmington, Maine) and junior Kelly Premo (Brunswick, Maine) also had two hits apiece. Junior Sarah Webster (Stockton Springs, Maine) pitched a complete game to improve her record to 6-3.

PSC managed only four hits off Webster in the opener. The Panthers plated their only two runs in the seventh inning with the help of three Saint Joseph's errors.

The Monks scored at least one run in each of the first five innings of the nightcap, taking an 8-1 lead. The Panthers didn't help themselves, committing nine errors. Picard had three more hits for St. Joe's, and sophomore Cortney Sirois (Mexico, Maine) and Ouelette added two hits apiece. Sophomore Kristen Gaudette (Mexico, Maine) went the distance to even her mark at 4-4.

Freshman Michelle Knox (Gilmanton, N.H.) led the Panther offense in the nightcap with three hits and an RBI. Sophomore Bo Dell (Porter Corners, N.Y.) added two singles, and freshman Maria Curran (Scarborough, Maine) drove in a pair.

PSC gets back into action Saturday with a Little East Conference twinbill at Rhode Island College (1 p.m.). St. Joseph's also plays again Saturday at UMaine Presque Isle (1 p.m.).