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Strong pitching leads PSC past UMD

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Plymouth State College used the strong pitching from freshmen Kim Jeffs (Stoughton, Mass.) and Annie Metz (North Chelmsford, Mass.) to sweep a Little East Conference softball doubleheader Saturday from UMass Dartmouth, 4-0 and 9-1, at D & M Park.

The two wins improve PSC to 10-2-2 overall and 3-1 in the LEC, while UMD drops to 8-7 overall and 2-2 in conference play. PSC's 10 wins match the entire total from last season, when the Panthers finished 10-20 overall.

Jeffs struck out 15 batters and allowed only a sixth inning single in the opener to record her fifth shutout of the season and improve her record to 7-1. She now has 120 strikeouts and only two walks in 72 innings of work and a sparkling 0.29 earned run average.

PSC got all the runs they would need in the third inning. Freshman Michelle Dubois (Auburn, Maine) doubled, and after a walk by sophomore Mo Cancellieri (Stoughton, Mass.) and a single by senior Kristen Fusick (Windsor Locks, Conn.), junior Adriene Harvey (Nantucket, Mass.) drilled a two-out, three-run triple to center field. The Panthers added another run in the fourth when Metz led off with a triple and scored on a single by Dubois.

Metz took a no-hitter into the fifth inning of the nightcap before allowing a double to Tracy Penney (West Roxbury, Mass.) and a run-scoring single to Chrystal Alcock (New Bedford, Mass.). Metz closed out the inning to pick up the win and improve her record to 3-1.

The PSC bats were going in the nightcap, scoring nine runs on 10 hits. Harvey and freshman Sara Madden (Londonderry, N.H.) had two hits and two RBI apiece, while Metz and sophomore Kristin Balles (Bedford, N.H.) also collected two hits each. Freshman Anna Godard (Florence, Mass.) also drove in a pair of runs for the Panthers.

PSC is back in action Monday with a non-conference twinbill at Bowdoin (4 p.m.). UMD plays again Sunday at Brandeis (12 p.m.)