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March 18, 2012

PSU Softball splits first two games in Florida

Panthers down New Paltz after loss to UW-Superior

            CLERMONT, Fla. – Sophomores Sam Hebert and Jackie Digman had two hits and knocked in two runs apiece Sunday afternoon to lead the Plymouth State University softball team to a 4-3 victory over the State University of New York at New Paltz in the second game of the day at the National Training Center.  The Panthers were on the short end of a 6-0 decision in the first game at the hands of the University of Wisconsin Superior.

            Digman cracked her first home run of the season in the second inning of the nightcap to put PSU ahead 1-0.  New Paltz took the lead with solo runs in the third and fifth innings, scoring on a wild pitch in the third and a passed ball in the fifth.  The Panthers came back with three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, rallying with a two-out, two-run double by Hebert and Digman following with a clutch RBI single.

            Freshman Cynthia Barata was the winning pitcher for PSU, pitching the first six innings and allowing just two runs on seven hits.  Sophomore Nora Galvin pitched the seventh inning and earned a save.

            PSU managed only four hits in the opener, squandering several chances to get on the scoreboard.  Hebert tripled to lead off the fifth inning but was cut down at the plate trying to score on a wild pitch; sophomore Taylor Mancini reached base on that wild pitch and went to third on a double by Barata, putting runners at second and third with one out, but the next two batters couldn't bring a run home; and the Panthers loaded the bases in the seventh inning on a pair of Yellowjacket errors and a single by senior Kristen Vibberts, but they were stranded when the final batter popped out.

            Galvin pitched the first five innings against UW-Superior, and junior Ali Keith, who missed all of last season, made her return to the circle and pitched a scoreless sixth inning.

            The Panthers, 1-1, are back on the diamond Monday with games against Benedictine University (Ill.) at 9:00 a.m. and Trinity College (Conn.) at 11:00 a.m. 

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