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March 24, 2004

PSU Softball takes two of three

FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Plymouth State University softball team won two games Tuesday in the annual Gene Cusic Collegiate Classic, but lost its only contest on Wednesday to fall to 4-3 on the week.

The Panthers picked up a 5-4 victory over Bethel College (Minn.) and a 7-1 decision over Kalamazoo College, but had its winning streak stopped Wednesday by Colby College, 4-3.

PSU managed the victory over Bethel despite nine errors by the Panther defense. Plymouth State came from behind with three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and the game-winner in the last of the seven. The outcome made a winner out of sophomore Rose Eaton (Concord, N.H.), who allowed only three hits and three unearned runs and improved to 1-1. Senior Michelle Knox (Gilmanton, N.H.) led the Panther offense with a double and a home run in three trips to the plate.

Knox kept her hot hitting going in the second game, smacking another double and another home run to lead PSU past Kalamazoo. Senior Kristin Balles (Bedford, N.H./West) and junior Anna Godard (Florence, Mass.) also had two hits apiece, including a double. Freshman Nicole Lovejoy (Poland, Maine) earned the win for the Panthers, pitching three innings of one-hit, no-run relief.

Colby scored three runs in the first inning off PSU ace Kim Jeffs (Stoughton, Mass.) but needed an extra inning to defeat the Panthers. Senior Maria Curran (Scarborough, Maine) and Balles sparked the PSU comeback with two hits apiece, and Curran sent the game into extra frames with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh inning. Colby scored the game-winner in the top of the eighth to hand Jeffs her second loss of the season (2-2).

PSU continues competition in the Gene Cusic Classic with two games Thursday against Union (N.Y.) at 11 a.m. and Oneonta State (N.Y.) at 1:00 p.m.

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