FT. MYERS, Fla. - After settling for its second tie game of the week, Plymouth State College's softball team got back on the winning track Thursday with a victory in the second game of the day at the Gene Cusic Collegiate Classic.
The Panthers battled North Central College (Ill.) to a 1-1 extra-inning tie in the first game before the contest was called due to a time limit. PSC came back with a 17-4 five-inning victory over Rutgers University in the nightcap. Plymouth State now has a 5-1-2 record on the spring trip.
North Central scored its run in the top of the first inning, and PSC countered with the tying run in the bottom of the second as freshman Anna Godard (Florence, Mass.) scored on a sacrifice fly by classmate Jessica Rousselle (Deerfield, N.H.). Neither team was able to score the rest of the way, as PSC pitcher Kim Jeffs (Stoughton, Mass.) and NCC pitcher Laura Ingram kept the hitters at bay.
Plymouth State scored six runs in the first inning of the nightcap and never looked back, adding two in the second inning, five in the third, three in the fourth and one more in the fifth. PSC finished with 17 runs and 12 hits, taking advantage of five Rutgers errors. Freshman Annie Metz (North Chelmsford, Mass.) did the job both at the plate and in the circle for PSC, hitting a home run and knocking in four while striking out six to earn her first pitching victory of the season. Rousselle also registered her first home run of the season for the Panthers.
PSC concludes the trip Friday with encounters against Amherst and Bowdoin.