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PSC opens season with a pair of wins

FT. MYERS, Fla. - Plymouth State College used the hitting of junior Adriene Harvey (Nantucket, Mass.) and the pitching of freshman Kim Jeffs (Stoughton, Mass.) Sunday to win its first two softball games of the season at the Gene Cusic Collegiate Classic.

The Panthers defeated the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in the opener, 5-2, and came back with a 5-2 verdict over Grinnell College (Iowa).

Harvey had a monster day at the plate, driving in nine of PSC's 10 runs. She knocked in four runs in the opener, including two with a first inning double, as PSC scored all five runs in the first two innings. Harvey came back in the nightcap to bring home all five runs, cracking a first-inning two-run double and a fifth-inning three-run homer over the left-center field fence.

Sophomores Kristen Balles (Bedford, N.H.) and Maria Curran (Scarborough, Maine) also had two hits apiece in the opener, and Curran made a diving catch in left field in the fifth inning.

Jeffs picked up the victory for PSC in both games in her collegiate debut. She allowed two runs on five hits in the opener, and two runs on two singles in the nightcap.

PSC, 2-0, returns to action Monday with games against Aurora (Ill.) and Framingham State.