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March 21, 2011

Another split in Florida for PSU Softball

Galvin leads Panthers past UWSP in first game

            CLERMONT, Fla. – Freshman Nora Galvin tossed her first career shutout Monday, blanking the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, 5-0, as the Plymouth State University softball team split a pair of games on its Spring Break at the National Training Center.

            Luther College (Iowa), which is ranked fourth in the national Division III poll, blanked PSU in the second game, 12-0.  It was a 2-0 game going into the fifth inning before the Norse exploded for five runs in both the fifth and sixth innings.  PSU is now 3-2 through five tough games on the trip, while UWSP is 5-3 and Luther is 6-1.

            Galvin allowed just four hits and a walk while striking out two Pointer batters for her first collegiate victory.  She allowed two hits in the fourth inning before getting an inning-ending groundout to preserve the whitewash.

            The Panthers scored all the runs they would need with four in the fourth inning.  Freshman Taylor Mancini had a key RBI single and classmate Denise Freitas delivered a two-out, two-run single.

            Sophomore Jenn Bove had three hits and an RBI in the game for the Panthers, while senior Kortney Nedeau had two hits in three trips to the plate. Freshman Sam Hebert also had an RBI hit.

            PSU managed just one hit against powerful Luther, a sixth-inning single by Bove.  Freshman Amber White kept the Norse under control until the fifth inning but wound up as the losing pitcher (2-1).

            Plymouth State is back on the diamond Tuesday morning, facing St. Thomas (Minn.) at 9:30 a.m. and Bowdoin College at 11:30 a.m.  St. Thomas is 4-2 this spring and Bowdoin is 4-4 heading into two games Monday evening.

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