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PSU Softball splits two on Florida trip

Nedeau, Digman HRs lead Panthers past Union

            CLERMONT, Fla. – The Plymouth State University softball team split a pair of games Sunday on its Spring Break at the National Training Center, falling to Carroll College (Wisc.), 5-1, but bouncing back to edge Union College (N.Y.), 4-3.

            The highlights of the day were provided by senior Kortney Nedeau and freshman Jackie Digman, who both hit two-run home runs in the fourth inning in the victory over Union.  Nedeau cracked her first of the season and 17th of her career after junior Allie Luisi had walked, and Digman followed in the same inning with her first career homer after classmate Sam Hebert  had singled.  Digman also doubled later in the game to give her two extra-base hits.

            Freshman pitcher Amber White improved her record to 2-0 on the season with a complete-game effort.  She allowed three runs (two earned) on eight hits and a walk, striking out five, and she held off Union rallies in the fourth and fifth innings to secure the win.

            A four-run rally in the fourth inning by Carroll proved to be the difference in PSU's first game of the day.  Junior Heather Blase gave the Panthers an early lead with her first home run in 75 career games, but that was the extent of the PSU offense.  Carroll tied the score with an unearned run in the third inning, and pulled away with four runs in the fourth.  Freshman Rebecca Menelle had the key blow for the Pioneers with a two-run single. Freshman Nora Galvin started and worked into the sixth inning for PSU and took the loss in her collegiate debut.

            PSU will play two more games on Monday, facing the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point at 9:30 a.m. and Luther College, which is ranked fourth in the country, at 11:30 a.m. 

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