STANDISH, Maine - Freshman Kat Roland (Norton, Mass./Fontbonne Academy) allowed just one run on five hits Wednesday evening to lift Plymouth State University to a 2-1 victory over Saint Joseph's College and earn the Panthers a split of the non-conference softball doubleheader.
The Monks pounded out 10 hits to win the opening game, 4-2, as freshman Liddy van der Linden (Worcester, Mass.) had three hits and three RBI. Sophomore Leanne Barry (Auburn, N.H./Pinkerton) led the Panthers in the nightcap, going 4-for-4 and swiping second base on the front end of a double steal that led to the eventual winning run.
Plymouth State, which has split eight of its last nine doubleheaders this season, is now 10-9 overall, while the Monks are 6-12.
Saint Joe's scored took a 3-0 lead in the opener with two runs in the first inning and one in the second. PSU got two runs back in the fourth inning when junior Danielle Normand (Rumford, R.I./East Providence) and freshman Becca DiPietro (Portsmouth, R.I.) singled and came home on a double by freshman Amanda Parshley (Plaistow, N.H./Timberlane). But that was all the Panther offense could muster, and the Monks held on for the win.
The Panthers took a 2-0 advantage in the fourth inning of the nightcap when Roland doubled and came around on a single by junior Shauna Isham (Auburn, N.H./Manchester Memorial). Isham advanced to second on an infield out, went to third on a single by Barry, and came home on the back end of the double steal.
That was all the offense Roland needed, as the freshman righthander struck out nine batters and walked just one in the complete-game victory, improving her record to 5-4. The Monks plated a run in the last of the sixth after two Panther errors, but Roland pitched a perfect seventh inning to seal the win.
PSU has had its Little East Conference doubleheader on Saturday moved to Western Connecticut (12:00 p.m.), due to snow in northern New England. Saint Joe's visits Maine Maritime Saturday at 1:00 p.m.
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