SALEM, Mass. - Plymouth State University smacked 26 hits and scored 12 runs Thursday afternoon, sweeping a non-conference softball doubleheader from Salem State College. PSU had 14 hits in a 7-1 victory in the opening half of the twinbill, and came back with 12 hits in the nightcap, a 5-3 victory.
The Panthers also extended their winning streak to 14 games, improving to 14-2 overall, while Salem State falls to 11-10. PSU finished last season with a 13-20 record.
PSU jumped on the Vikings with three runs in the second inning of the opener, and added two more in the third and solo runs in the fifth and sixth. That was plenty of runs for sophomore Kat Roland (Norton, Mass./Fontbonne Academy), who improved her record to 6-0 after pitching six innings and allowing one run and five hits while striking out 10 batters.
Freshman Laura Kaplan (Franklin, N.H.) had a big game at the plate in the opener for PSU, going 3-for-4 with a double and four RBI. She had a two-run double in the second inning rally and drove in both runs in the third with a single. Freshmen Kortney Nedeau (Kennebunk, Maine) and Andrea Pydynkowski (Danvers, Mass.), senior Danielle Normand (Rumford, R.I.) and sophomore Sammi Romano (Kingston, N.H.) all had two hits apiece.
Junior pitcher Courtney MacFarland (Derry, N.H.) was terrific for PSU in the nightcap, tossing a two-hit shutout through six innings with six strikeouts. Salem State broke through with a rally in the bottom of the seventh inning on two singles, and triple and a sacrifice, but MacFarland struck out the next batter to end the game and improve her record to 6-1.
PSU scored a run in the first inning on Normand's RBI single, and pulled away with two runs in the second inning and one more in the third. Junior Leanne Barry (Auburn, N.H./Pinkerton) delivered an RBI double in the second inning, and Pydynkowski cracked a run-scoring triple in the third. Normand added another RBI single in the sixth inning. Normand, Nedeau, Romano and sophomore Jenna George (Cumberland, R.I.) each had two hits for PSU in the nightcap.
Due to the inclement weather expected the next two days, PSU's Little East Conference doubleheader slated for Saturday at Eastern Connecticut State University has been backed up a day and will now be played Sunday (Apr. 6) at 1:00 p.m.
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