FT. MYERS, Fla. - The Plymouth State University softball team extended its winning streak to six games Thursday, winning two games in the annual Gene Cusic Collegiate Classic. The Panthers scored a run in the top of the seventh inning to defeat Rutgers-Newark in the first game, 5-4, and blanked SUNY Brockport in the second game, 5-0.
After dropping their first two games on the Florida trip, PSU has come back to improve to 6-2 with two games left to play.
The first game was a see-saw battle as the Panthers scored once in the first inning, but Rutgers-Newark responded with three runs in the third inning. PSU tied it at 3-3 in the fifth inning and took a 4-3 lead in the top of the sixth, but the Scarlet Raiders evened the score with a run in the last of the sixth. Plymouth State pulled out the win with the game-winning run in the top of the seventh when sophomore Jenna George (Cumberland, R.I.) walked, went to third on a hit by junior Heather Bartolo (Derry, N.H.) and scored on a sacrifice fly by freshman Kortney Nedeau (Kennebunk, Maine).
Sophomore Kat Roland (Norton, Mass.) recorded the complete-game victory for the Panthers, striking out eight and improving her record to 2-0. Bartolo had two of PSU's six hits.
Junior Courtney MacFarland (Hampstead, N.H.) tossed her first shutout of the season for PSU in the second game, limiting Brockport to four hits and a walk while striking out six. She got all the runs she would need in the first inning when the Panthers scored twice before adding insurance runs in the third and fifth innings.
Nedeau cracked her first home run of the season to lead the Panther hitters in the second game. Freshman Melissa Caiazzo (Portland, Maine) also had two hits, including a double and two RBIs.
PSU wraps up the trip Friday with a pair of games, facing the University of Wisconsin-Superior at 9:00 a.m. and St. Lawrence University at 11:00 a.m.
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