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April 15, 2004

Eaton’s no-hitter leads PSU Softball to non-conference sweep

STANDISH, Maine - Sophomore Rose Eaton (Concord, N.H.) tossed her first career no-hitter Thursday afternoon, leading the Plymouth State University softball team to a 4-0 victory over Saint Joseph's College and a sweep of the non-conference doubleheader at Ward Park.

PSU junior Kim Jeffs (Stoughton, Mass.) was nearly as strong in the first game, allowing only two hits and striking out 17 as PSU won, 7-0. The sweep allows the Panthers to improve to 10-9 overall, while St. Joseph's drops to 5-18.

Eaton struck out seven batters and allowed only one walk in the nightcap to pick up the win for PSU, improving her record to 4-3 on the season. It was her first shutout of the year and the second of her career. Jeffs did not walk a batter in the opener en route to her fourth shutout of the season and 31st of her career, as she improved to 6-5 this spring.

Senior Michelle Knox (Gilmanton, N.H.) led an 18-hit attack in the opener, going 3-for-4 with a double, two home runs (her third and fourth of the season), and four RBI. Junior Sara Madden (Londonderry, N.H.) also had three hits, and four other Panthers collected two hits apiece - seniors Maria Curran (Scarborough, Maine) and Heidi Beaulac (Newmarket, N.H.), and juniors Niki Ramback (Bethlehem, N.H.) and Anna Godard (Florence, Mass.).

Junior Jess Rousselle (Deerfield, N.H.) led the Panther offense in the nightcap, driving in three runs with three hits, including a double. Senior Krissy Crego (Rochester, N.Y.) also had a pair of hits.

PSU returns to Little East Conference action this weekend with home doubleheaders against Rhode Island College (Saturday at 1:00 p.m.) and Keene State (2:00 p.m.). They are the first home games of the season as the first four home dates this season were rained out.

(Courtesy of Saint Joseph's Sports Information)

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