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March 22, 2011

Plymouth State Softball drops two in Florida

Panthers fall to '10 NCAA Tourney teams

            CLERMONT, Fla. – Playing against a pair of teams that participated in the 2010 NCAA Championship Tournament, Plymouth State University fell to the University of St. Thomas (Minn.), 7-4, and Bowdoin College, 5-0, in college softball games Tuesday at the National Training Center.

            PSU scored four runs in the first inning on the opener to take a 4-1 lead over St. Thomas, which finished with a 40-8 record last spring and made its seventh straight visit to the NCAAs.  The Tommies chipped away at the margin and took the lead for good with three runs in the top of the fifth inning.  PSU managed only three hits while being whitewashed in the second game by Bowdoin, which made its first NCAA appearance in 2010 and finished 34-14.  Plymouth State slips to 3-4 this spring, while St. Thomas is now 7-1 and Bowdoin is 5-7.

            Sophomore Jenn Bove and junior Heather Blase started the Panther four-run rally against St. Thomas with lead-off singles. Junior Allie Luisi brought home two runs with a hit to left.  Freshman Nora Galvin later singled home a run and then came around to score on a single by sophomore Megan Sylvestre.

            PSU finished with 10 hits, including three by Galvin and two apiece by Sylvestre and Blase, but the Panthers couldn't push any more runs across.  Galvin pitched the first 3.1 innings and allowed four runs on five hits, and classmate Amber White finished up and took the loss.  The bottom of the Tommies' order did the damage, as junior Kayla Boward and senior Becky Eischens collected two hits apiece.

            Freshman Sam Hebert had two of PSU's three hits in the loss to Bowdoin, and Blase recorded the other.  Bowdoin senior Kara Nilan did the rest, shutting down the Panthers.  Nilan was the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Pitcher of the Year last spring.

            PSU has Wednesday off before returning to action Thursday with a pair of afternoon games against Wellesley College and Allegheny College (Pa.) 

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