Panthers earn sweep over Lyndon State
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Senior Kortney Nedeau (Kennebunk, Maine) broke the Plymouth State University softball career home run record Monday afternoon as the Panthers swept a non-conference doubleheader from Lyndon State College, 11-3 and 17-1, in a pair of five-inning contests at D&M Park.
Nedeau cracked a three-run blast to left field in the first inning of the opener. It was her fifth of the season, which ties her for the Little East Conference lead, and it was the 21st of her career, breaking the all-time PSU mark of 20, set by Adriene Harvey from 2000-03. Nedeau added a walk-off RBI double in the fifth inning that gave her four runs knocked in for the contest.
Junior Allie Luisi (North Kingstown, R.I.) also collected three hits and drove in two for PSU in the first game, pacing a 17-hit Panther attack. Freshman Sam Hebert (Manchester, N.H./Memorial) cracked a pair of doubles, and junior Heather Blase (Milford, N.H.), sophomores Hilary Lemelin (Milan, N.H.) and Megan Sylvestre (Waterford, Conn.) and freshman Megan Fifield (Arundel, Maine) had two hits apiece.
Sophomore Diana Bean (Danvers, Mass.) recorded her first victory (1-0) of the season for the Panthers, pitching a complete-game and giving up three runs on seven hits and no walks.
Lyndon State scored all three of its runs in the opener in the first inning. Freshman Tia Billado (Bellows Falls, Vt.) cracked a two-run homer to left field and classmate Meghan Gadapee (Littleton, N.H.) added an RBI single.
PSU put the second game away early, with 10 runs in the first inning, and freshman pitchers Nora Galvin (Windham, N.H./Salem) and Amber White (Middleboro, Mass.) combined to limit the Hornets to one unearned run on three hits and two walks. PSU had 12 hits and capitalized on seven Hornet errors.
Hebert led the Panthers in the nightcap, going 3-for-3 with a double and three runs batted in. Luisi and freshman Denise Freitas (Sanford, Maine) each had two hits, including their first home runs of the season, and Freitas finished with three RBI.
PSU continues its 10-game home stand on Tuesday with a Little East Conference doubleheader against the University of Southern Maine (3:30 p.m.) Lyndon State plays a non-conference twinbill Tuesday at Middlebury (3:30 p.m.)
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