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March 20, 2003

Panthers improve to 7-1

FT. MYERS, Fla. - Plymouth State College's softball team improved to 7-1 on the Florida trip with a pair of victories Thursday, blanking Roger Williams University 2-0 in the first game and edging SUNY Brockport in the nightcap, 2-1.

Junior Michelle Knox (Gilmanton, N.H.) provided the game-winning theatrics for PSC in the Roger Williams game. She broke a scoreless tie by delivering a seven-inning, two-run triple, driving in teammates Shawn Cooley (Waterford, Conn.) and Michelle Dubois (Auburn, Maine).

Sophomore Kim Jeffs (Stoughton, Mass.) earned the win in relief, fanning four out of the five batters she faced. Freshman Rose Eaton (Concord, N.H.) allowed only one hit, a second-inning single, until giving way to Jeffs in the sixth.

Jeffs went the distance to earn the win against Brockport, improving her record to 6-1. She gave up only one hit and one unearned run while striking out 11. Jeffs has reached double figures in strikeouts in all six starts this spring, totaling 74 whiffs in 43 innings.

PSC took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning, but Brockport came back with an unearned run in the top of the seventh to tie it. Sophomore Annie Metz (Chelmsford, Mass.) came through for the Panthers in the bottom half of the inning, cracking a triple and scoring the game-winning run on a ball hit by junior Kristin Balles (Bedford, N.H.).

The Panthers conclude the 10-game Florida trip Friday with a pair of games against Buffalo State and North Central College (Ill.).