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Plymouth State Softball extends win streak to five

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            LYNDONVILLE, Vt. – The Plymouth State University softball team scored 24 runs Thursday afternoon en route to sweeping a non-conference doubleheader from Lyndon State College at Skip Pound Field, 13-0 and 11-2.

            The Panthers also played error-free ball for the two games, and the PSU pitchers both tossed two-hitters to complete the sweep.  Plymouth State extends its winning streak to five games, improving to 6-9 overall, while Lyndon State drops to 1-7.

            PSU scored 11 runs in the second inning of the opener to break the game open.  That was plenty of offense for sophomore pitcher Ali Keith (Northfield, N.H.), who recorded her first shutout of the season.  She allowed just two hits and a walk while striking out seven to improve her record to 3-2.

            Sophomore Allie Luisi (North Kingstown, R.I.) cracked a three-run double and freshman Jenn Bove (Medford, Mass.) smacked a three-run triple to highlight PSU’s 11-run inning in the opener.  Junior Kortney Nedeau (Kennebunk, Maine) finished the game with two hits and two RBI, and senior Rachel Pothier (Reading, Mass.) reached base in all four plate appearances with two hits and two walks.  Sophomore Heather Blase (Milford, N.H.), junior Andrea Pydnkowski (Danvers, Mass.) and senior Alyssa Marini (Kingston, N.H.) all had two hits and an RBI.

            A sacrifice fly by Blase in the first inning of the nightcap gave the Panthers an early lead, but Lyndon State rallied for two runs in the bottom of the inning to take the lead.  The Hornets loaded the bases on two walks and a hit-batter, and junior Natalia Shams (Swampscott, Mass.) delivered a two-run single.

            PSU freshman Dom Heres (Salem, N.H.) settled down and allowed only one hit the rest of the way.  She retired 16 of the final 17 batters she faced, striking out four to record her first collegiate victory.

            The Panthers came back to regain the lead with four runs in the second inning and pulled away with one in the third, three in the fifth and two in the sixth.  Blase’s two-run single highlighted the second inning rally, and an RBI single by freshman Kristen Vibberts (West Hartford, Conn.) capped the sixth-inning rally.

            PSU is back on the diamond Sunday with a Little East Conference doubleheader at Eastern Connecticut State University (1:00 p.m.) 

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