FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Plymouth State University softball team dropped a pair of games in different fashion on Thursday in the Gene Cusic Classic, losing a tight 1-0 game to Brockport State (N.Y.) in the first game and falling to Richard Stockton College in the nightcap, 12-4, in six innings.
Senior Courtney MacFarland (Hampstead, N.H./Pinkerton) pitched a strong game for PSU in the opener, allowing just five hits and one run while striking out five, but the Panthers couldn't push a run across against Brockport and sophomore Stephanie Steer (Binghamton, N.Y.). Steer gave up just five hits to PSU to improve her record to 3-1; she has allowed only one earned run in 33 innings this spring.
Junior Kay LaBrie (Somersworth, N.H.) and senior Leanne Barry (Auburn, N.H./Pinkerton) each had hits in the third inning, and the Panthers had runners at second and third with one out but Steer got out of the jam without giving up a run.
PSU managed just five hits in the second game while the defense made five errors in the lopsided loss to Richard Stockton. The Ospreys scored 12 runs on 14 hits, extended their winning streak to five and improved to 6-2 overall.
The highlights for the Panthers were provided by freshman Allie Luisi (North Kingstown, R.I.), who hit her first home run in the third inning, and sophomore Melissa Caiazzo (Portland, Maine/Deering), who had a pair of RBI. Freshman Jen Skilton (Bedford, N.H./Manchester West) also had a pair of hits in the loss.
PSU, 5-3 overall, plays its final two games on the Florida trip Friday, taking on SUNY New Paltz at 1:00 p.m. and Saint Lawrence University at 3:00 p.m., before returning to New England on Saturday.
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