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PSU Softball sweeps UMD in Little East Conference opener

            NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. - The Plymouth State University softball team registered 19 runs on 29 hits Saturday afternoon, sweeping a doubleheader from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, 8-0 and 11-3, in the Little East Conference opener for both schools at the UMD Athletic Complex.

            The Panthers extended their winning streak to 10 games and improved to 10-2 overall, while the Corsairs are still looking for their first win of the season (0-10).

            Sophomore Kat Roland (Norton, Mass./Fontbonne Academy) pitched a four-hit shutout for PSU in the opener, walking none and striking out 10. Sophomore Kay LaBrie (Somersworth, N.H.) hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning, and freshman Kortney Nedeau (Kennebunk, Maine) and senior Danielle Normand (Rumford, R.I.) also drove in two runs each for the Panthers, Nedeau going 3-for-3.  Senior Lori Pettengill (Holderness, N.H.) also had two hits, including a triple.  It was the third shutout for Roland, who improved to 4-0 with the victory.

            Freshman Andrea Pydynkowski (Danvers, Mass.) and sophomore Jenna George (Cumberland, R.I.) each singled in runs in a five-run first inning of the nightcap, and PSU led 9-2 after three innings. Pydynkowski drove in four runs in the game and George knocked in two, while freshman Melissa Caiazzo (Portland, Maine) and LaBrie had three hits apiece. Sophomore Alyssa Marini (Kingston, N.H.) also had two hits and scored two runs.  Junior Courtney MacFarland (Derry, N.H.) pitched the first five innings and earned the win for PSU, improving to 4-1.

            The Corsairs will return to action when they visit Roger Williams Monday evening, while the Panthers will visit Fitchburg State on Wednesday.

(Courtesy of UMass Dartmouth Sports Information)

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