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March 22, 2012

PSU Softball resumes Florida play with split

Panthers blanked by Hope but rally past Lawrence

            CLERMONT, Fla. – Plymouth State University scored five runs in the top of the ninth inning and held off a Lawrence University (Wisc.) rally in the bottom of the ninth Thursday afternoon to defeat the Vikings, 11-8, and earn a split of two games on the day at the National Training Center. The Panthers were blanked by Hope College (Mich.) in the morning game, 10-0, in five innings.

            The PSU-Lawrence game was close the whole way.  Each team scored twice in the first inning and Lawrence pulled ahead with two runs in the third.  PSU came back to take a 5-4 lead with three runs in the fifth inning before the Vikings evened the score at 5-5 in the bottom of the fifth.

            Plymouth State took a one-run lead in the top of the eighth, but Lawrence matched it in the bottom half of the inning.  After PSU plated five runs in the top of the ninth, the Vikings scored twice in the bottom of the ninth and had the tying run at the plate before the Panthers got the final out to end the game.

            Sophomore Bekah Jackson and freshman Cynthia Barata led the Panthers with four hits apiece. Sophomore Sam Hebert had two doubles and three RBI, and classmate Jackie Digman collected three hits and two RBI.  Sophomore Nora Galvin recorded the win in the circle for the Panthers.

            Jackson also had two of PSU's five hits in the first game against Hope.  The Panthers had base runners in all five innings, but couldn't push a run across.  The best chance was in the fourth inning when they had runners on second and third on hits by senior Allie Luisi and Digman.

            PSU, 2-6, will play its final two games on the Florida trip on Friday against Buffalo State and Union (N.Y.) 

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