PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Plymouth State College scored eight runs, its second-highest output of the season, to win the opener of a Little East Conference softball doubleheader over Rhode Island College Saturday, 8-2, but managed only two hits in losing the nightcap, 3-0.
PSC's win in the first game snapped a nine-game losing streak, but the split leaves the Panthers at 4-18 overall and 2-8 in the LEC. The Anchorwomen are now 19-13 overall and 5-3 in conference play.
The Panthers got all the offense they would need with five runs in the third inning of the opener. Sophomore Bo Dell (Porter Corners, N.Y.) and freshman Michelle Knox (Gilmanton, N.H.) smacked back-to-back two-run doubles to key the Panther rally. PSC added an insurance pair in the seventh inning, keyed by senior Kelly Anderson's (Exeter, N.H.) RBI triple.
Freshman Jes Leary (Farmington, N.H.) limited the Anchorwomen to two runs (one earned) over seven innings, striking out five, to improve to 3-7 on the year.
RIC pitcher Kim Warrington came up with a solid effort for RIC in game two, striking out 11 Panthers en route to her third shutout of the season. PSC could muster only a third-inning single by senior Lorienne Fink (Laconia, N.H.) and a seventh-inning single by Anderson. Freshman Kristen Balles (Bedford, N.H.) pitched five-and-a-third innings of strong, hitless relief for the Panthers, allowing only one unearned run.
PSC plays back-to-back doubleheaders Monday (Apr. 23) at Castleton State (3:00 p.m.) and Tuesday (Apr. 24) at home against Little East Conference foe Southern Maine (3:30 p.m.)