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March 23, 2012

PSU Softball drops two on last day in Florida

Panthers fall to Buffalo State and Union (N.Y.)

            CLERMONT, Fla. – The Plymouth State University softball team wrapped up play on its spring trip to Florida Friday with a pair of tough losses, falling to Buffalo State College, 9-0, and Union College (N.Y.), 4-2.

            PSU managed only three hits in the loss to Buffalo State, which was shortened to five innings due to the mercy rule.  The Panthers had two scoring threats but couldn't push a run across.  A double by sophomore Jackie Digman, a walk by classmate Sam Hebert and a sacrifice bunt by freshman Cynthia Barata in the second inning put runners at second and third with one out, but Digman was cut down at the plate on an infield grounder and the next batter grounded out to end the inning; and junior Jenn Bove and sophomore Bekah Jackson had back-to-back two-out singles in the third but were stranded on the bases.

            Union pulled out a nail biter over PSU in the second game of the day.  The Dutchwomen led 2-1 after one inning and Plymouth State tied it at 2-2 in the top of the third.  Union came up with two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and held off a rally in the top of the seventh as PSU put the tying runs on base.

            Jackson and Hebert led the Panthers with two hits apiece. Hebert had an RBI single in the first inning, and Digman singled home senior Allie Luisi in the third inning after Luisi reached on a two-out double.

            Freshman Brittany Orcutt started and pitched well for PSU, allowing just one earned run and four hits through five innings before being touched for two runs in the sixth.

            PSU, which completes the Florida trip with a 2-8 record, will return to action next Thursday, Mar. 29, with a non-conference doubleheader at Salem State University. 

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