KEENE, N.H. - Senior Adria Reynolds (Portmouth, N.H.) cracked a home run and knocked in three runs and junior Meghan McLoughlin (Brattleboro, Vt.) pitched a complete game two-hitter Friday afternoon to lead top-seeded Keene State College to a 7-1 victory over sixth-seeded Plymouth State University in Game Six of the Little East Conference Softball Tournament at the Owls Athletic Complex.
Keene State (27-9) moves on in the double-elimination event, and will face fifth-seeded Eastern Connecticut State University in an elimination game at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday. PSU completes its season at 15-16 overall.
Facing elimination, KSC jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning on a two-run home run by Reynolds, her second of the season. The Owls added another run in the third on Abby Collis' (Wynantskill, N.Y.) RBI double.
Keene State broke the game open with four runs in the fourth. The Owls had four hits, including RBIs from Jenn Norman (Penacook, N.H.) and Reynolds, and took advantage of three Panther errors and a past ball to pull ahead.
PSU broke up the shutout on an RBI double in the bottom of the seventh inning by junior Michelle Dubois (Auburn, Maine). It was one of only two hits in the game for PSU.
McLoughlin struck out five and walked one to improve to 12-2. PSU junior Kim Jeffs (Stoughton, Mass.) took the loss for the Panthers to fall to 10-10. Sophomore Rose Eaton (Concord, N.H.) pitched four no-hit innings in relief of Jeffs, striking out nine, but the Panther offense couldn't get to McLoughlin, who had no-hit the Panthers earlier this season.
Jeffs struck out three on Friday to finish the season with 167 strikeouts. She has 902 career strikeouts, which is third most in the history of NCAA Division III softball.
(Courtesy of Keene State Sports Information)
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