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PSU Softball splits pair with Salem State

Hebert, Galvin lead Panthers to win in nightcap

            SALEM, Mass. – Sophomore Sam Hebert hit a first-inning three-run home run and classmate Nora Galvin tossed a five-hit shutout Thursday evening as Plymouth State University won game two against Salem State University to earn a split of a softball doubleheader.

            The Vikings won the first game, 5-4, in nine innings, rallying with two runs in the bottom of the eighth to tie the game and scoring the winning run in the bottom of the ninth. The Panthers came back to take the nightcap, 7-0.  PSU is now 3-9 on the season while Salem State is 12-6.

            Down 2-0 in the opener, PSU came back to tie the game with solo runs in the fifth and seventh innings.  Hebert hit a bases-loaded single with two outs in the fifth to bring home the first run, and sophomore Jackie Digman delivered an RBI single in the seventh to deadlock the score at 2-2.

            Sophomore Bekah Jackson gave PSU a 4-2 lead in the top of the eighth inning with a two-run single, but freshman Jenn Toussaint and junior Christina Cipriani answered for Salem State with RBI doubles in the bottom half of the inning.  The Vikings then won the game in the bottom of the ninth on a PSU throwing error.

            The Panthers jumped on top in the nightcap with four runs in the first inning, capped by Hebert's three-run blast.  Junior Jenn Bove added an RBI triple in the second inning, and PSU tacked on two more runs in the seventh, including an RBI triple by senior Allie Luisi. Galvin did the rest, scattering five hits and striking out three to record her first shutout of the season.

            Plymouth State opens Little East Conference play on Saturday with a doubleheader at Eastern Connecticut State University.  The Warriors are two-time defending champions who have played in the NCAA Division III College World Series the past two years. 

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