PLYMOUTH, N.H. - The Plymouth State University softball team wrapped up the regular season Saturday afternoon at D&M Park with a Little East Conference doubleheader sweep of the University of Massachusetts Boston, winning the first game 10-1 in five innings and taking the nightcap, 10-3.
The two wins clinch a spot for PSU in the Little East Conference Tournament, which begins on Thursday at top-seeded Eastern Connecticut State University. The Panthers finish the regular season at 24-12 overall and tied for fifth in the LEC at 5-9, while the Beacons conclude their campaign at 7-28 overall and 2-12 in conference play. The 24 wins for PSU matches the second-highest single-season total in school history, and is an 11-game improvement over last season.
The Panthers smacked out 10 runs on 12 hits in the opener, including home runs by sophomore Kay LaBrie (Somersworth, N.H.) and freshman Kortney Nedeau (Kennebunk, Maine). Freshman Andrea Pydynkowski (Danvers, Mass.) had three hits for PSU in the first game, while LaBrie had two hits and drove in three runs. Senior Danielle Normand (Rumford, R.I.) also collected two hits, while Nedeau scored three runs after reaching base on a pair of walks and her fourth homer of the season.
Sophomore Kat Roland (Norton, Mass.) earned the win (11-4) for PSU, allowing just three hits and a run in five innings or working without walking a batter and striking out 10.
UMass Boston scored its only run in the fourth inning on a pair of doubles by freshman Kristine Faffley (Westmoreland, N.Y.) and junior Courtney Haroules (Littleton, Mass.)
The Beacons out-hit the Panthers 11-6 in the second game, but PSU took advantage of five UMB errors to score six unearned runs. Plymouth State led 4-2 after three innings, but took control with three runs in both the fourth and fifth innings.
LaBrie cracked her second home run of the day and team-leading sixth of the season to lead the Panther hitters. Junior Courtney MacFarland (Hampstead, N.H.) was the winning pitcher for PSU, improving her record to 8-6.
Junior Lauren O'Connor (Everett, Mass.) led the visitors with three hits and an RBI in the nightcap. Haroules and Faffley also had two hits apiece, including a double.
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