CASTLETON, Vt. - The Plymouth State University softball team improved its record to 16-4 overall Tuesday afternoon, sweeping a non-conference doubleheader from Castleton State College. The Panthers needed eight innings to win the opener, 2-0, and came back to take the nightcap, 5-3.
The 16-4 record is the most wins for PSU in five seasons, since the 2003 team finished with a program-best 30-9 mark. Castleton State dropped its third and fourth in a row and fell to 3-8.
The first game was a pitchers' duel between PSU sophomore Kat Roland (Norton, Mass./Fontbonne Academy) and CSC senior Angie Carpenter (Sharon, Vt.), who both threw shutout ball for seven innings. The only runs of the game came in the top of the eighth; PSU junior Leanne Barry (Auburn, N.H.) started the inning at second base on the tiebreaker rule, and with one out, sophomore Kay LaBrie (Somersworth, N.H.) cracked a two-run home run, her third of the season.
Roland shut down the Spartans in the bottom of the eighth to record her third shutout of the season and improve her record to 7-1. She struck out nine batters while allowing just six hits and a walk in eight innings. Carpenter was the tough-luck loser for Castleton after allowing just six hits and a walk and one earned run in eight innings while fanning seven.
The Panthers took a 1-0 lead in the nightcap on a second-inning solo home run by sophomore Sammi Romano (Kingston, N.H.), her second of the season. PSU extended the lead with three runs in the fourth inning, as senior Lori Pettengill (Holderness, N.H.) and junior Michelle Kelly (Hill, N.H.) hit back-to-back doubles and freshman Andrea Pydynkowski (Danvers, Mass.) smacked a two-run homer, her second of the season. Pettengill finished the game 3-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored.
Sophomore pitcher Beth Moretti (Woonsocket, R.I.) started for PSU and was strong for five shutout innings, allowing no hits, five walks and a hit-batter. When the first two batters in the sixth inning reached base on a single and a walk, junior Courtney MacFarland (Derry, N.H.) came on to pitch the final two innings and preserve the win for the Panthers.
PSU's game scheduled for Thursday at Lyndon State has been moved to Apr. 20, due to unplayable field conditions. The Panthers are slated to return to the diamond Saturday with a Little East Conference twinbill at Western Connecticut State University (1:00 p.m.)
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