FITCHBURG, Mass. - Plymouth State University junior Kim Jeffs (Stoughton, Mass.) and Fitchburg State College sophomore Jenn Neslusan (Douglas, MA) each tossed a shutout Wednesday afternoon as the Panthers and Falcons split a non-conference softball doubleheader at Coolidge Park. Plymouth State took game one 3-0 while Fitchburg State scored an 8-0 victory in the nightcap.
Jeffs, a two-time All-American, took a no-hitter into the seventh inning of the opener but quickly yielded a pair of hits. After a strikeout and a walk, she was able to escape a bases loaded jam by getting Danielle MacDonald (Brockton, Mass.) to ground into a fielder's choice and Danielle Dion (Lowell, Mass.) to fly out to center to end the game. Jeffs improved to 4-3 on the season, ending up with 10 strikeouts on the afternoon and her third shutout of the spring.
The Panthers scored an unearned run in the first inning on junior Anna Godard's (Florence, Mass.) sacrifice fly and added an additional unearned tally in the third when Niki Ramback (Bethlehem, N.H.) scored on a passed ball. Plymouth State tacked on an insurance run in the fifth inning when Ramback tripled to right center and scored on a Michelle Knox (Gilmanton, N.H.) single through the left side. Ramback and Knox each had two hits for PSU.
The Falcons took advantage of eight Plymouth State errors in the nightcap to score six unearned runs over the first four innings. The Falcons got a strong effort from Neslusan, the reigning ECAC New England Co-Pitcher of the Week, who scattered six hits and walked none. Lacy Gillotti (Provo, Utah) helped evoke the "mercy rule" when she blasted a two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning. Gillotti was 2 for 4 in the second game with three runs scored and three RBI.
Sophomore Rose Eaton (Concord, N.H.) absorbed the loss for Plymouth State despite allowing only two earned runs.
PSU begins its Little East Conference schedule this weekend with road doubleheaders at Eastern Connecticut on Friday (3:30 p.m.) and Western Connecticut on Saturday (12:00 p.m.). Fitchburg State plays Thursday at Brandeis (4:00 p.m.).
(Courtesy of Fitchburg State Sports Information)
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