Plymouth State Softball cruises past NEC

Panthers finish off 8-2 week

            HENNIKER, N.H. – The Plymouth State University softball team took two games from New England College Sunday afternoon, winning game one, 15-5, and shutting out the Pilgrims in game two, 9-0.  Both games were shortened to five innings due to the mercy rule.

            PSU completes an 8-2 record for the week, improving to 12-14 on the season, while the Pilgrims drop to 17-12 overall..

            The Panthers pounded out 17 hits and exploded for nine first-inning runs cruising to the 15-5 victory in the opener. Leading the way for Plymouth at the plate was freshman Kristina Bove, who finished 3-for-4, including a double, three runs batted in and two runs scored.  Sophomore Jackie Digman was 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI and freshman Cynthia Barata singled three times.

            Freshman Brittany Orcutt picked up the win in the circle for the Panthers, allowing three earned runs on nine hits in five innings of work, striking out four.

            Leading the way for the Pilgrims in game one was LiAnn Linck, who drove in two runs with a double and a single and Stephanie Freitag, who tripled.

            Barata tossed a one-hit shutout to lead the Panthers to the 9-0 victory in game two.  She walked one and struck out three to improve her record to 3-5.  NEC's lone hit was a second-inning lead-off single off the bat of Gabrielle Timms.

            Digman had another strong game at the plate for PSU in the nightcap, going 2-for-2 with a double, three runs batted in and three runs scored.  Sophomore Taylor Mancini was 2-for-3 with a double, three runs batted in and a run scored.

            PSU is back in action Wednesday with a key Little East Conference doubleheader at the University of Southern Maine. 

(Courtesy of New England College Sports Information) 

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