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PSU Softball wins twice against Lyndon State

            LYNDON CENTER, Vt. - Plymouth State University got strong pitching performances from sophomore Jenna George (Cumberland, R.I.) and junior Courtney MacFarland (Hampstead, N.H.) Sunday afternoon, and the Panthers recorded a sweep of Lyndon State College in a non-conference softball doubleheader, 9-1 and 2-1, at Skip Pound Field.

            George, making just her second start of the season, earned the complete-game victory in the opener to improve to 2-0.  She allowed one run on two hits and three walks, striking out 12.  MacFarland had similar success in the nightcap, capturing the complete-game decision and upping her record to 7-5.  She surrendered three hits and a walk and an unearned run while striking out 11.

            The two wins give Plymouth State a 19-11 overall record on the season, while Lyndon State drops to 10-8.

            The Panthers put 12 hits on the board en route to the win in the first game.  They scored twice in the first inning on a single by sophomore Kay LaBrie (Somersworth, N.H.), a triple by senior Danielle Normand (Rumford, R.I.) and a double by sophomore Sammi Romano (Kingston, N.H.)  Normand added a two-run single and freshman Andrea Pydynkowski (Danvers, Mass.) hit a two-run homer in a four-run third inning as the Panthers took a 6-1 lead.  It was the third home run of the season for Pydynkowski, who added an RBI double in the seventh inning. Normand finished with three hits and three RBI, and LaBrie also had two hits.

            Pydynkowski smacked a pair of doubles and drove in a run to lead PSU in the nightcap.  She scored the first run of the game in the second inning when she doubled and came around on a Lyndon State error.  After Lyndon State tied it up in the fifth inning with an unearned run following two Panther errors, Normand led of the sixth with a single and Pydynkowski delivered a double to score Normand with the eventual game-winning run.

            PSU is back in action Tuesday with a key Little East Conference doubleheader at the University of Southern Maine (3:30 p.m.) 

(Courtesy of Lyndon State Sports Information) 

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