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PSU Softball posts third straight doubleheader split

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            PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Junior Jenna George (Cumberland, R.I.) allowed only four hits and one unearned run over eight innings Thursday afternoon to help Plymouth State University defeat Framingham State College, 2-1, in the second game of a non-conference softball doubleheader at D&M Park.

            The Rams took the first game, 7-5, capitalizing on four PSU errors to score four unearned runs in the first three innings.  It was the third consecutive doubleheader split for the Panthers, leaving the team with a 16-9 overall record, while Framingham State won its third straight game in the opener but dropped the nightcap to fall to 7-23 overall.

            The Rams took a 5-0 lead in the first game with three unearned runs in the first inning and two more runs in the third.  Senior Katelyn Pacheco (Acushnet, Mass.) knocked in a run for the Rams in both innings, one on a fielder's choice and one with a single.

            PSU got on the board with two runs in the fourth inning when sophomore Kortney Nedeau (Kennebunk, Maine) and freshman Heather Blase (Milford, N.H.) hit back-to-back doubles and senior Heather Bartolo (Derry, N.H./Pinkerton) added an RBI single.  Framingham answered in the top of the fifth with a two-run home run by sophomore Andrea DiTerlizzi (Shrewsbury, Mass.) to make it 7-2 in favor of the Rams.

            Sophomore Andrea Pydynkowski (Danvers, Mass.) connected on a two-run homer for PSU in the last of the fifth inning, and senior Leanne Barry (Auburn, N.H./Pinkerton) added an RBI hit in the sixth, but the Rams held on for the victory.

            DiTerlizzi pitched five innings for FSC and earned the win (2-0), and freshman Alysia Morrissette (Ware, Mass.) worked the final two innings and recorded her first save.

            George went the distance to earn the win for PSU in the nightcap, striking out five and improving her record to 6-3.  She worked out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the seventh inning without allowing a run.  The Rams plated their only run in the second inning when freshman Katie Donovan (Holden, Mass.) singled, was sacrificed to second, and after a Panther error, came home on an infield groundout.

            PSU tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the sixth inning when Nedeau delivered a clutch two-out RBI double to right center field.  Nedeau was then thrown out at the plate attempting to score the potential go-ahead run after a single by senior Rachel Pothier (Reading, Mass.)

            The Panthers scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the eighth.  Junior Kay LaBrie (Somersworth, N.H.) started the frame at second base on the tiebreaker rule, was moved to third on a sacrifice bunt, and scored on an infield grounder by Blase.

            Pacheco pitched well for the Rams, allowing only four hits, one walk and one unearned run in five-and-a-third innings, striking out nine.  Morrissette suffered the loss in relief.

            PSU returns to Little East Conference action Saturday with a visit to three-time defending champion Rhode Island College for a 1:00 p.m. doubleheader.  Framingham plays a MASCAC twinbill Saturday at Westfield State (12:00 p.m.) 

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