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March 19, 2012

Plymouth State Softball falls twice in Florida

Panthers drops games to Benedictine, Trinity

            CLERMONT, Fla. – The Plymouth State University softball team dropped a pair of one-run games Monday at the National Training Center, falling to Benedictine University (Ill.), 9-8, in extra innings in the first game, and Trinity College (Conn.), 4-3 in the nightcap.

            The first game was a thriller as PSU came back from a 5-0 deficit, scoring three runs in the sixth inning and tying the score with one in the seventh to force extras.  The Panthers put three runs on the board in the top of the eight to pull ahead, 8-5, but Benedictine came back with three in the bottom of the eighth to tie it, then won the game with a run in the bottom of the ninth.

            The Panthers were led by sophomore Jackie Digman, who had three hits, including a solo home run in the fourth inning and a key RBI single in the seventh.  Classmate Sam Hebert also clocked a two-run home run to key the sixth-inning rally, and sophomore Bekah Jackson and junior Jenn Bove smacked back-to-back RBI doubles in the eighth inning.

            PSU took a 2-1 lead in the nightcap over Trinity with a two-run rally in the third inning, keyed by a lead-off triple by junior Calli DeGrace and hits by Jackson and Bove. Trinity regained the lead with three runs in the top of the sixth before PSU answered with one in the bottom of the sixth, but the Panthers couldn't push home the tying run.

            The Panthers, 1-3, play two more games on Tuesday, facing Luther College (Iowa) and Allegheny College (Pa.) 

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