FT. MYERS, Fla. - Plymouth State College's softball team suffered its first loss of the season Tuesday to Wheaton College, 3-0 in extra innings, but came back to knock off Mt. Holyoke in the second game of the day, 5-2.
Wheaton, which is ranked second in the New England Division III preseason poll, and PSC, ranked 10th in the same poll, were scoreless through the regulation seven innings. The Lyons finally scored the game-winning runs in the top of the eighth, with two runs coming home on a throwing error by PSC third baseman Annie Metz (Chelmsford, Mass.).
Sophomore pitcher Kim Jeffs (Stoughton, Mass.) struck out 15 batters but took the loss for PSC, her first setback in five decisions this spring. Junior Michelle Knox (Gilmanton, N.H.) had two of PSC's four hits.
Freshman pitcher Rose Eaton (Concord, N.H.) made her first appearance of the season for PSC in the Mt. Holyoke game and picked up her first collegiate victory. The Panthers scored four runs in the fourth inning to take control, three coming home on a double by senior Steph Marsland (Cumberland, R.I.). Knox, sophomore Michelle Dubois (Auburn, Maine) and freshman Kim Krause (Pound Ridge, N.Y.) each collected two hits for the Panthers in the nightcap.
The split gives PSC a 5-1 record to date on the trip, while Wheaton is now 5-1 and Mt. Holyoke is 3-5. The Panthers continue the 10-game Florida trip Thursday with a pair of games against Roger Williams and SUNY Brockport.