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Third straight split in Florida for PSU Softball

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Plymouth State University's softball team split a pair of games for the third straight time Thursday afternoon in the Gene Cusic Collegiate Classic, rebounding from a 19-0 pounding at the hands of Trinity College to blank Thomas College in the nightcap, 8-0.

Trinity scored four runs in the fourth inning of the first game to take a commanding 5-0 lead, but turned the game into a rout by scoring 13 runs on eight hits in the six inning. The Bantams finished with 19 runs on 16 hits, including three apiece by freshman Jessica Tait (North Salem, N.Y.) and senior Stacy Hills (Menlo Park, Calif.)

PSU managed only five hits off Trinity senior Sara Dougherty (Long Valley, N.J.), who struck out 11 Panther batters. Freshman Kay LaBrie (Somersworth, N.H.) had two of PSU's five hits. Sophomore pitcher Courtney MacFarland (Hampstead, N.H./Pinkerton) suffered her first loss of the season and fell to 3-1.

The second game was a different story as PSU scored in every inning but the first. Freshman Kat Roland (Norton, Mass./Fontbonne Academy) earned her first pitching victory and shutout for the Panthers, allowing only five hits and no walks in six innings while striking out 10.

Junior Lori Pettengill (Holderness, N.H.) sparked the Panther offense with two hits and three RBI, while junior Danielle Normand (Rumford, R.I./East Providence) also had a pair of hits, including a two-run home run. LaBrie produced her second straight two-hit game.

PSU, 4-5 on the Florida trip, wraps up the week with two more games on Friday, facing Buffalo State at 9:00 a.m. and SUNY New Paltz at 11:00 a.m.

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