WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - The Plymouth State University softball season came to a close Sunday afternoon as Eastern Connecticut State University swept a Little East Conference make-up doubleheader from the Panthers, 6-1 and 6-0, at Howard Spector Field.
The Panthers, who could have qualified for the upcoming LEC Tournament with a sweep of the Warriors, instead got the tables turned. ECSU improves to 21-17 overall and finishes in second place in the Little East with an 11-3 mark. PSU ends its season at 8-25 overall and in seventh place in the conference at 3-11.
Plymouth State managed only six hits and a run in the opener off ECSU senior Lindsay Savelle (Cheshire, Conn.) and freshman Katie Pensiero (Stamford, Conn.) Freshman Kristen Abbott (Londonderry, N.H.) collected three singles to lead the Panthers. PSU scored its only run in the fifth inning when senior Rose Eaton (Concord, N.H.) led off with a single, pinch runner Lori Pettengill (Holderness, N.H.) went to third on a single by Abbott, and scored on an infield grounder by senior Jess Fortin (Chester, N.H./Pinkerton).
The Panthers collected 11 hits in the nightcap, but couldn't get a timely hit and left 15 runners of base in seven innings. Sophomore Devin Caswell (Wilton, N.H.) had three hits, and the top three batters in the Panther order, all freshmen, collected two hits each - Leanne Barry (Auburn, N.H./Pinkerton), Rachel Pothier (Reading, Mass.) and Heather Bartolo (Derry, N.H./Pinkerton).
Caswell and Barry led the Panthers in hitting this season, both with 30 hits and a .306 batting average. Caswell had a team-high seven doubles, two home runs, 11 extra-base hits and 18 RBI, while Barry had four doubles and a team-high four triples.
Eaton also wrapped up a solid pitching career in a Panther uniform, finishing second on PSU's all-time strikeouts list (204) and sixth in career victories (18).
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