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Panthers win first two games

FT. MYERS, Fla. - The Plymouth State College softball team opened the season on a good note Sunday evening with a pair of victories at the Gene Cusic Collegiate Classic.

The Panthers opened the campaign with a 1-0 victory over Smith College, plating the game-winning run in the top of the seventh inning. PSC came back with an 11-0 blowout over Framingham State in the second game, a five-inning affair in which PSC sophomore pitcher Kim Jeffs (Stoughton, Mass.) did not allow a hit. It is her first career no-hitter after pitching eight one-hitters as a freshman.

Jeffs allowed just two hits while striking out 10 in the opener against Smith as PSC pulled out the one-run victory. Senior Adriene Harvey (Nantucket, Mass.) and sophomore Annie Metz (Chelmsford, Mass.) started the seventh inning rally with singles, and after a sacrifice bunt by junior Michelle Knox (Gilmanton, N.H.), junior Kristin Balles (Bedford, N.H./West) drove home the game-winning run with a slashing single.

Jeffs fanned 10 more in the nightcap against Framingham, improving her record to 2-0. PSC scored twice in the first inning and added five more in the second inning to take a 7-0 lead. The Panthers tacked on four more in the fourth and the game was halted after the fifth.

After getting only five hits in the opener, the PSC offense cranked it up in the second game, with two hits apiece from Balles, sophomores Sara Madden (Londonderry, N.H.) and Michelle Dubois (Auburn, Maine) and freshman Shawn Cooley (Waterford, Conn.).

PSC continues the 10-game Florida trip Monday evening with a pair of games against Grinnell College (Iowa) and Wisconsin-Oshkosh.