Jackson, Digman pace Panthers to non-conference wins
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Sophomore Bekah Jackson belted a three-run home run to highlight an eight-run first inning in the first game Thursday afternoon, and Plymouth State University went on to sweep a non-conference softball doubleheader from Fitchburg State University, 11-0 and 7-1, at D&M Park.
Sophomore Jackie Digman also collected two hits in each game as the Panthers swept a twin bill for the second straight day. PSU is 5-1 in its last three days, improving to 9-13 overall. Fitchburg State had a six-game winning streak snapped and fell to 9-17.
The Panthers sent 11 batters to the plate in the first inning of the opener, with all eight runs unearned due to four Falcon errors. Sophomore Sam Hebert, freshman Kristina Bove and sophomore Taylor Mancini all delivered RBI singles for the home team before Jackson cracked her second homer of the season to left field.
PSU tacked on three more runs in the second inning. After Digman reached on a one-out double, freshman Cynthia Barata singled to bring home a run, Bove followed with an RBI double and an error led to the third run.
Sophomore pitcher Nora Galvin was on her game for PSU, allowing just one hit and one walk in four innings while striking out eight to even her record at 5-5. Sophomore Emily Pomer got the only Falcon hit, a one-out single in the second inning.
Plymouth State got on the board in the first inning again in the nightcap, plating three runs thanks to RBI singles by junior Calli DeGrace, Digman, and Hebert. The Panthers pulled away with three unearned runs in the third and fourth innings, and closed out the scoring in the sixth on an RBI single by senior Allie Luisi.
Fitchburg State finally broke through with a run in the top of the seventh inning. Freshman Kayla Philbrick led off with a single up the middle, and after two infield outs, scored on Pomer's single to center.
PSU freshman pitcher Brittany Orcutt posted the first win of her career with a complete-game effort, allowing just one run on three hits and no walks, striking out three.
The Panthers return to Little East Conference action Saturday, hosting the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in a 1:00 p.m. twin bill, while the Falcons return home to host Bridgewater State University Saturday in a MASCAC doubleheader (1:00 p.m.)
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