NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. - Plymouth State College opened the Little East Conference portion of the softball schedule Saturday with a convincing sweep of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, 7-1 and 7-2.
The Panthers extended their winning streak to seven games and improve to 11-1 overall this spring, while the Corsairs remain winless in 11 tries. PSC was picked second in the LEC preseason poll and UMD was voted seventh.
PSC used a solid balance of offense and defense to defeat the Corsairs. The Panther bats scored 14 runs on 15 hits, while sophomore Kim Jeffs (Stoughton, Mass.) and freshman Rose Eaton (Concord, N.H.) combined to allow only three runs and 11 hits.
Jeffs shut down UMD in the opener, allowing only one run and five hits. She struck out 10 and did not walk a batter to improve her record to 9-1. Junior Michelle Knox (Gilmanton, N.H.) led the offense, going 4-for-4 with three doubles and three RBI. Sophomore Anna Godard (Florence, Mass.) and senior Adriene Harvey (Nantucket, Mass.) each had doubles for PSC, and junior Kristin Balles (Bedford, N.H./West) went 2-for-2 with two RBI.
It was a 3-1 game through four innings before PSC plated two runs in the fifth and sixth innings to put the game away.
Eaton picked up the win in the nightcap for PSC, giving up just two runs on six hits and improving her season record to 2-0. The Panthers put the game away early with four runs in the first inning and three more in the second to take a 7-0 lead. Balles and junior Maria Curran (Scarborough, Maine) each drove in two runs for PSC, and Harvey contributed an RBI double.
The Panthers are back in action Monday (Mar. 31) with a non-conference doubleheader scheduled at Castleton State (3:00 p.m.).