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Panthers drop pair at Bowdoin

BRUNSWICK, Maine - Bowdoin College sophomore Erin Hanley capped a two-game sweep of Plymouth State College Monday afternoon in non-conference softball action, tossing a no-hitter in the nightcap to give the Polar Bears a 5-0 win. Bowdoin also won the opener by a 2-1 score. The no-hitter is the third in Bowdoin's history.

Game One was highlighted by the pitching of Jesse Poulin and Kim Jeffs, who threw darts for Bowdoin and Plymouth State on the mound. The Polar Bears touched up Jeffs for two runs in the bottom of the third behind Katie Sheridan's run-scoring double and Rachel Gordon's RBI single to take a 2-1 lead that they would never relinquish. Poulin went seven innings for the complete-game win, striking out seven and allowing five hits. Jeffs went six innings, allowing only three hits and striking out 10.

Game Two saw Hanley dominate on the mound, as the Panthers could muster only four baserunners. Three errors by Bowdoin fielders and one walk amounted to all of Plymouth's offense. Even though Hanley was in command, the Polar Bears only had a 1-0 edge entering the bottom of the fifth. Bowdoin posted two runs in both the fifth and sixth innings to give Hanley a cushion and to cruise to a 5-0 win. Gordon went 2-3 with a run and two RBIs, while Jordan Alper went 2-3 with two runs and an RBI. Hanley finished with seven innings, no runs, no hits and five strikeouts. Annie Metz pitched well in defeat for Plymouth, going six innings and allowing only four earned runs.

The Polar Bears now stand at 14-7-1, while Plymouth drops to 10-4-2.

PSC returns home to host Fitchburg State Wednesday in another non-conference twinbill at D & M Park (4:00 p.m.).

(Courtesy Bowdoin Sports Information)