Panthers fall to Eastern Conn and UMB
DANBURY, Conn. – Fifth-seeded University of Massachusetts Boston rallied from behind with four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning Thursday evening to pull out a 4-2 victory over sixth-seeded Plymouth State University in an elimination game of the Little East Conference softball tournament at Western Connecticut State University’s Westside Field.
PSU held a 2-0 lead over UMB heading into the bottom of the sixth inning, thanks to a third-inning RBI single by junior Heather Blase (Milford, N.H.) and a fourth-inning solo home run by senior Kortney Nedeau (Kennebunk, Maine). But the Beacons strung together three straight singles with one out in the sixth to put one run on the board, and sophomore Taryn Asta cracked a two-run double to center to give UMB the lead. An insurance run came home on a ground out to first, and PSU went down 1-2-3 in the seventh inning.
UMB, 24-14, moves on to another elimination game Friday at 4:00 p.m. PSU winds up the season at 17-22 overall.
Freshman Amber White (Middleboro, Mass.) held UMB to just one hit and one walk through five innings while fanning five, but took the loss to end the season with a 10-11 record. Junior Katie Corey earned the win for the Beacons, improving to 11-8.
The Panthers were in the loser’s bracket after a 7-1 loss to top-seeded Eastern Connecticut State University Thursday afternoon in the tournament opener. ECSU junior All-America Molly Rathbun limited PSU to one run on six hits while striking out 11. The Warriors scored all the runs they needed in the first inning when sophomore Arielle Cooper hit a two-run home run to cap a three-run rally.
Eastern went on to tack on single runs in the third and fourth innings and two in the sixth to open up a 7-0 mark. PSU broke the whitewash in the seventh inning when freshman Sam Hebert (Manchester, N.H./Memorial) hit a lead-off single, and pinch-runner Hilary Lemelin (Milan, N.H.) later came around to score on a double-steal attempt. Hebert had two of PSU’s six hits, including a double in the second inning.
Hebert finished as the PSU leader in batting average with a .333 mark, while Nedeau’s home run was her sixth of the season and extended her school-record career mark to 22.
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