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March 22, 2002

Panthers wrap up trip with a pair of shutouts

FT. MYERS, Fla. - Plymouth State College's softball team completed its Florida trip Friday with a pair of shutout victories at the Gene Cusic Collegiate Classic.

PSC freshman pitcher Kim Jeffs (Stoughton, Mass.) tossed a pair of one-hit shutouts as the Panthers blanked Amherst College 4-0 in the opener and Bowdoin College 2-0 in the nightcap. The seven wins for the Panthers on the spring trip is the most in eight years.

Jeffs had another outstanding day for PSC on Friday, picking up complete-game victories in both ends of the twinbill to improve her record on the season to 6-0. She had 17 strikeouts and no walks while allowing just a seventh inning single against Amherst, and she surrendered only a sixth-inning single in the Bowdoin game. Jeffs had 10 or more strikeouts in four of her eight starts on the trip.

The Panthers scored once in the second inning of the opener, keyed by a double by junior Steph Marsland (Cumberland, R.I.), and added three insurance runs in the fourth inning on doubles by sophomore Michelle Knox (Gilmanton, N.H.) and Maria Curran (Scarborough, Maine), senior Kristen Fusick (Windsor Locks, Conn.) and sophomore Kristin Balles (Bedford, N.H./West). PSC got the game-winning run of the nightcap in the fourth inning on junior Adriene Harvey's (Nantucket, Mass.) fourth home run of the season, and added an insurance run in the fifth on a bases-loaded walk to Knox.

PSC starts the New England portion of the schedule next Saturday, Mar. 30, with the Little East Conference opener at Eastern Connecticut State University (1:00 p.m.). The home opener is slated for Wednesday, Apr. 3, against Bates (3:00 p.m.), weather and field conditions permitting.