FT. MYERS, Fla. - Junior All-America pitcher Kim Jeffs (Stoughton, Mass.) tossed her second career no-hitter Thursday to lead the Plymouth State University softball team to a split of a doubleheader in the Gene Cusic Classic.
The Panthers dropped the opener to Union College (N.Y.), 5-0, but came back with a 2-0 victory over Oneonta State (N.Y.) as Jeffs struck out 14 and allowed only a one-out walk in the second inning. The split gives the Panthers a 5-4 record on the spring trip, while Union is now 7-1 and Oneonta State is 6-6.
The no-hitter for Jeffs' was her first since an 11-0, five-inning whitewash against Framingham State a year ago, and adds to her impressive resume which also includes nine one-hitters. Jeffs improves to 3-3 this spring with her second shutout and the 29th of her career.
The Panthers scored the only runs they would need in the first inning on senior Maria Curran's (Scarborough, Maine) two-run single, scoring junior Sara Madden (Londonderry, N.H.) and senior Michelle Knox (Gilmanton, N.H.).
PSU managed only four hits in the opener against Union and were shutout for the first time this season. Jeffs was tagged with the loss after giving up five runs (four earned), including a two-run homer to freshman Colleen White.
Plymouth State wraps up its 11-game week on Friday with contests against Bowdoin College (9:00 a.m.) and the University of Wisconsin Whitewater (11:00 a.m.).
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