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PSU Softball drops final two on spring trip

            FORT MYERS, Fla. - Plymouth State University played improved softball in the final two games of its spring trip on Friday, but dropped decisions to the College of St. Benedict (Minn.), 3-2, and the University of Chicago, 2-0.  PSU returns to New England after a week in the annual Gene Cusic Collegiate Classic with a 2-8 record.

            PSU and CSB were entangled in a scoreless game when the Blazers rallied with three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning.  The Panthers came back with two in the top of the sixth when senior Michelle Dubois (Auburn, Maine/Edward Little) and freshman Danielle Normand (Rumford, R.I./East Providence) led off with singles, and two outs later, came home on a big two-run single by sophomore Colleen Courtney (Norwood, Mass.).  But CSB freshman Kim Murphy (St. Cloud, Minn.) held off the Panthers the rest of the way.

            Junior Hannah Roberts (Scottsville, Ky.) shut down the Panthers in the second game, allowing only two hits and a walk while striking out 11.  She helped the 15th-ranked Maroons finish their spring trip with a 9-1 record.

            Senior Kim Jeffs (Stoughton, Mass.) pitched well for PSU in both games but suffered the losses.  She gave up five hits and one earned run in six innings against CSB, and four hits and an earned run in six innings against UC.  She fanned nine in each game, running her career total to 970 strikeouts, fourth on the all-time NCAA Division III list.

            PSU is scheduled to plays its first games back in New England next Wednesday, Mar. 30, at Emerson College (4:00 p.m.)

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