CLERMONT, Fla. – The Plymouth State University softball team played three games in less than 24 hours to start the season Sunday night and Monday afternoon, posting a 1-2 record with one additional game rained out.
Rain forced postponement of Sunday’s opening game against Allegheny College (Pa.), and pushed back the next game to a 10 p.m. start on Sunday night. PSU dropped that game to Trinity College, 9-7, and came back to split a pair of games on Monday, falling to the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, 11-3 in five innings, before blanking Grinnell College (Iowa), 6-0.
Freshman Diana Bean (Danvers, Mass.) made the most of her first collegiate pitching start against Grinnell, scattering four hits in the complete-game whitewash while striking out eight batters to record her first victory. Freshman Jenn Bove (Medford, Mass.) gave the Panthers all the offense they would need with an inside-the-park home run in the first inning. Senior Kay LaBrie (Somersworth, N.H.), junior Andrea Pydynkowski (Danvers, Mass.), and sophomore Allie Luisi (North Kingstown, R.I.) each collected two hits in the game for the Panthers.
PSU took a 2-0 lead in the first inning against UW-Stevens Point earlier in the day when the first four batters drew walks and sophomore Heather Blase (Milford, N.H.) followed with an RBI single. Blase also hit a sacrifice fly in the third inning for PSU but the Pointers scored six runs in the second inning and added four more in the third to take a commanding 10-3 lead. One addition UWSP run in the fifth inning ended the game on the eight-run rule. Bean came on the pitch in the third inning in place of freshman starter Dom Heres (Salem, N.H.).
The Panthers also took an early lead in Sunday’s night’s late game against Trinity, scoring three runs in the bottom of the first. It was tied 5-5 after three innings and PSU scored one in the bottom of the sixth to deadlock the score at 6-6. The Bantams plated three runs in the top of the seventh and a Panther rally in the bottom of the inning fell short.
Junior Kortney Nedeau (Kennebunk, Maine) led the Panther hitters with a pair of home runs in the game. Pydynkowski also cracked her first homer of the season, while LaBrie also had two hits and senior Sammi Romano (Kingston, N.H./Sanborn Regional) smacked a double in three at bats. Sophomore Ali Keith (Northfield, N.H./Winnisquam) was PSU’s starting pitcher and worked five innings before being relieved by Heres.
Plymouth State is slated to play two games Tuesday morning, facing Wellesley College at 9:30 a.m. and Bowdoin College at 11:30 a.m.
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