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NEC takes two from Panthers

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Junior Cynthia Daniels (Berlin, N.H.) earned complete-game victories in both ends of a softball doubleheader Sunday as New England College swept Plymouth State College in a non-conference twinbill at D & M Park, 5-2 and 3-0.

Daniels scattered seven hits in the nightcap to post her second shutout of the season and improve her record to 12-9. She was on the verge of losing the opener, but her teammates tied the game with a run in the top of the seventh inning and won it with four runs in the top of the ninth to make a winner out of Daniels.

The wins improve the Pilgrims to 13-10 overall, while Plymouth State drops to 12-8-2.

PSC took a 1-0 lead in the third inning of the opener on an RBI single by freshman Annie Metz (North Chelmsford, Mass.). That looked like it might be the game-winning run until NEC sophomore Emily Perkins (Alma, Mich.) led off the seventh inning with a double to left field off PSC freshman Kim Jeffs (Stoughton, Mass.), and came around with the tying run on an NEC sacrifice bunt and a PSC infield throwing error.

In the ninth inning, Perkins smacked an RBI single for the Pilgrims and freshman Amy Girard (Essex, Mass.) added a two-run single. NEC's final run came home on a passed ball. PSC tallied an unearned run in the last of the ninth, but Daniels shut the door on the Panthers. Jeffs took the loss (9-4) for PSC despite striking out 19 Pilgrims. Sophomore Kristin Balles (Bedford, N.H.) had three hits for the Panthers in a losing cause.

Daniels struck out only one batter in the nightcap but earned the shutout as PSC stranded nine runners on base. Sophomore Maria Curran (Scarborough, Maine) had three hits for PSC and freshman Sara Madden (Londonderry, N.H.) added a pair of singles, but the Panthers could not cross the plate. Girard cracked an RBI double in the fourth inning to give the Pilgrims the only run they would need. Freshman Lindsey Inman (Webster, N.H.) provided the insurance in the sixth inning with a two-run triple to right.

PSC continues its 10-game homestand Tuesday with a Little East Conference doubleheader against Keene State (3:30 p.m.). NEC returns home to host Fitchburg State on Thursday (3:00 p.m.).