FT. MYERS, Fla. - For the second straight day, Plymouth State College used the hot hitting of junior Adriene Harvey (Nantucket, Mass.) and the strong pitching of freshman Kim Jeffs (Stoughton, Mass.) to win two softball games at the Gene Cusic Collegiate Classic.
The Panthers began Monday with an 8-5 victory over Aurora College (Ill.), and finished with a 2-0 whitewash over Framingham State. The Panthers have started the season with four straight wins.
Harvey, who drove in nine of PSC's 10 runs on Sunday, came back Monday with home runs in each game. She had a two-run homer in the seventh inning of the opener to help preserve the victory, and she added a solo shot in the fourth inning of the nightcap, her third of the season.
Jeff struck out 25 batters on Monday and picked up victories in both games. She fanned 10 batters against Aurora and followed that with a 15-strikeout, no-walk performance against Framingham State. She allowed only one Framingham State hit in registering her first career shutout, a sixth-inning single to Mary Matthews.
PSC also got strong performances at the plate from sophomore Maria Curran (Scarborough, Maine) and freshman Sara Madden (Londonderry, N.H.). Curran had two hits in the opener, including a double, and she added an RBI double in the nightcap for what turned out to be the game-winning run. Madden contributed hits to rallies in the third and seventh innings of the opener.
PSC, 4-0, returns to action Tuesday with games against Franklin Pierce and Smith Colleges.