GORHAM, Maine – Freshman Katie Davis (Woburn, Mass.) and junior Heather Gilman (Fairfield, Maine) combined for nine hits, 10 runs batted in, and five runs scored Thursday afternoon to lead the University of Southern Maine Huskies to a sweep of the Plymouth State University Panthers in a Little East Conference softball doubleheader at Towers Field.
USM won the first game 8-2, and then slugged out 14 hits for a 12-7 win in the nightcap. Southern Maine pulls even in the LEC at 6-6 and moves to 10-26 overall. The losses drop the Panthers to 11-18 overall and 3-7 in the Little East.
The teams traded runs in the first inning of the opener, junior Kortney Nedeau (Kennebunk, Maine) doubling home a run for PSU and Davis doing the same for USM. Gilman doubled to lead off the Southern Maine second inning and scored on an infield error to give the Huskies a 2-1 lead.
PSU battled back to tie the game in the top of the fifth when senior Kay LaBrie (Somersworth, N.H.) led off the inning with a double to center field, stole third and came around to score on a wild pitch. But the Huskies broke open the game with five runs in the home half of the inning. Hayden had a key two-run single for USM and Gilman followed with a two-run home run, her third of the season.
Trailing USM 5-2 after three innings of the nightcap, Plymouth State rallied to tie the game with three runs in the fourth inning on an RBI double from LaBrie and a two-run single from sophomore Heather Blase (Milford, N.H.). However, USM bounced back with three runs in the bottom of the inning keyed by Davis’ two-run homer and Gilman’s RBI single to left.
Southern Maine added four more runs in the bottom of the fifth to pull ahead 12-5. DiCecco drove in three of the Huskies four runs in the fifth inning with a bases clearing double to left center.
Southern Maine returns to action on Saturday (12:00 p.m.) at Keene State College for a Little East doubleheader. Plymouth State returns home to host UMass Boston Saturday on Senior Day at D&M Park (12:00 p.m.) in a pair of LEC games.
(Courtesy of Southern Maine Sports Information)
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