MIDDLEBURY, Vt. - The Plymouth State University softball team split two games for the fifth time in its last six doubleheaders Thursday afternoon, defeating Middlebury College 6-2 in the first game but falling 5-1 in the nightcap.
The two games were the final home contests for Middlebury (15-15) as it wraps up its season with a two-game series at Lyndon State on Friday. Plymouth State (18-13) also plays its final home games of the regular season on Friday, hosting Castleton at 3:30 p.m. at D&M Park.
PSU took a 2-0 lead in the first inning of Game 1 when sophomore Andrea Pydynkowski (Danvers, Mass.) slapped a two-run single to center. Plymouth State added a pair in the second for a 4-0 lead as freshman Allie Luisi (North Kingstown, R.U.) singled in a run and later scored on a fielding error.
The visitors added runs in the fourth and fifth innings, both with two outs. An RBI single by Luisi in the fourth was followed by a home run to left field by junior Kay LaBrie (Somersworth, N.H.) in the fifth, her first of the season, for a 6-0 lead.
Middlebury got a pair back in the seventh. Megan Margel smacked a double to right center and was knocked in by an Emily Burbridge ‘sdouble to left, and Ali McAnaney plated Burbridge with an RBI single up the middle.
PSU starter Courtney MacFarland (Hampstead, N.H.) pitched shutout ball through six innings, and earned the win (10-6) with 6.1 innings, giving up two earned runs, while striking out eight. Junior Sammi Romano (Kingston, N.H.) came on in relief in the seventh and got the final two outs.
Luisi led PSU with a 3-for-4 effort including three RBI, while Pydynkowski had a pair of hits and two RBI.
Game 2 saw Middlebury methodically build a five-run lead through five innings. In the first inning, with runners on second and third, Burbridge beat out an infield single, but Plymouth got the lead runner out at home on a 3-2 put-out. Plymouth believing the put-out at home was the third out, began to leave the field. During the confusion, Leslie Crawford raced home from second base for the 1-0 lead.
Middlebury scored two more in the third on RBI's by Margel and Burbridge for a 3-0 lead. They added another run in the fourth when McAnaney's ground out to second plated Constantin, who reached on an error to start the inning. Middlebury capped the scoring in the fifth when Burbridge knocked in Crawford from third on a grounder to first base.
Constantin, the starting pitcher for Middlebury, took the 5-0 lead into the seventh. After retiring the first two PSU batters, she gave up the only extra-base hit of the game to Luisi, who doubled to center field. A throwing error allowed Luisi to advance to third and she later scored on a Constantin wild pitch.
Constantin (7-4) was impressive in the circle, allowing four hits and one unearned run over seven innings, while striking out eight for the win.
(Courtesy of Middlebury Sports Information)
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