PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Junior Kortney Nedeau (Kennebunk, Maine) went 5-for-6 with a double, three home runs and eight runs batted in Thursday afternoon to lead Plymouth State University to a doubleheader sweep of Fitchburg State College, 10-3 and 7-4, in PSU’s softball home opener at D&M Park.
Nedeau (right) was 4-for-4 with a double, two home runs and six RBI as PSU won the opener. She hit a two-run single in the first inning, a solo homer to lead off the third, a run-scoring double in the fifth and a two-run homer in the sixth. Nedeau followed with a two-run jack in the first inning of the nightcap, giving her three round-trippers on the day and six on the season.
Nedeau’s performance in the opener made a winner out of sophomore Ali Keith (Northfield, N.H./Winnisquam), who tossed a complete-game and allowed seven hits and a walk and no earned runs, evening her record at 4-4. PSU also got two hits apiece from sophomore Heather Blase (Milford, N.H.) and senior Kay LaBrie (Somersworth, N.H.)
Sophomore Kelly Cummings (Natick, Mass.) led the visitors with a two-run home run in the first inning, while senior Leigh Trzcinski (Worcester, Mass.) had a pair of hits, including a double.
Sophomore Allie Luisi (North Kingstown, R.I.) cracked her first home run of the season to put PSU on the board in the nightcap, and Nedeau added a two-run shot to give PSU a 3-0 lead. Junior Andrea Pydynkowski (Danvers, Mass.), who was 3-for-3 in the game, contributed an RBI double in the third inning. PSU added three insurance runs in the sixth inning, senior Sammi Romano (Kingston, N.H./Sanborn Regional) bringing home a run on an infield grounder, sophomore Amy Green (Atkinson, N.H./Timberlane Regional) knocking in a run with a single, and Luisi finishing off the scoring with a bases-loaded walk.
Freshman Diana Bean (Danvers, Mass.) went the distance to pick up the win (4-4) for PSU, allowing 10 hits and two earned runs while striking out two.
Junior Nicole Monroe (Townsend, Mass.) had a busy game for the Falcons, pitching six innings and adding two hits in three trips to the plate, including an RBI single to put Fitchburg on the board in the fourth inning. Trzcinski, Cummings and sophomore Ashley McKinnon (Raynham, Mass.) also had two hits each for the visitors.
Both teams are back in action with conference doubleheaders on Saturday, weather permitting, a PSU is scheduled to travel to Western Connecticut State University for a Little East Conference pair (1:00 p.m.) while FSC hosts MCLA in a MASCAC twinbill at 12 noon.
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