FT. MYERS, Fla. - After winning its first four games on the spring trip, the Plymouth State College softball team registered a tie and a loss Tuesday at the Gene Cusic Collegiate Classic.
The Panthers battled Franklin Pierce to a 2-2 extra-inning tie in the first game before the game was called due to a time limit. PSC then suffered its first setback of the season, a 3-1 decision to Smith College. Plymouth State is now 4-1-1 on the trip.
Trailing 1-0 in the sixth inning of the opener, junior Adriene Harvey (Nantucket, Mass.) continued her hot hitting with an RBI single. She knocked in senior Kristen Fusick (Windsor Locks, Conn.), who had singled and gone to second on a sacrifice by sophomore Kristin Balles (Bedford, N.H.).
The teams were deadlocked after seven innings, so Plymouth State led off the eighth with Fusick on second base. Balles sacrificed Fusick to third and Harvey once again delivered with an RBI single.
FPC fought back, however, and led off with Brooke Remington on second base. Junior Carolyn Hall singled to drive in Remington and end the game in a 2-2 tie. Freshman Kim Jeffs (Stoughton, Mass.) pitched for PSC and turned in another outstanding performance, striking out 16 and not walking a batter. She has 41 strikeouts in her last three outings.
The Panthers managed only three hits in suffering a loss in the nightcap, a pair of sixth inning singles by sophomores Maria Curran (Scarborough, Maine) and Mo Cancellieri (Stoughton, Mass.) and a seventh inning single by freshman Anna Godard (Florence, Mass.). Freshman Annie Metz (North Chelmsford, Mass.) suffered the loss despite allowing only three runs on five hits.
After an off-day on Wednesday, PSC plays games Thursday against North Central College (Ill.) and Rutgers. The trip concludes Friday with encounters against Amherst and Bowdoin.