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PSU Softball rallies past RIC in LEC Tournament

Jackson hits grand slam as Panther overcome 5-0 deficit

            MANSFIELD, Conn. – Sophomore Bekah Jackson hit a grand slam home run that ignited a Plymouth State University rally Thursday afternoon as the fourth-seeded Panthers overcame a 5-0 deficit and held on to defeat third-seeded Rhode Island College, 9-8, in Game 3 of the Little East Conference softball tournament, hosted by top-seeded Eastern Connecticut State University.

            Down 5-0 after three innings, Jackson's slam in the top of the fourth put the Panthers right back in the game.  Not done there, PSU tacked on three runs in the fifth inning and two in the sixth to open up a 9-5 lead.  The Panthers had to hold on in the bottom of the seventh when RIC scored three runs and had the tying run on base and the winning run at the plate, but sophomore pitcher Nora Galvin struck out the final batter to clinch the victory.

            PSU, 21-18 overall, will be back in action in the double-elimination event Friday at 12 noon against second-seeded Keene State College (24-8-1).  RIC, 19-17, faces top-seeded Eastern Conn. (37-1) in Friday's first game at 10:00 a.m.

            Freshman Cynthia Barata and sophomore Taylor Mancini had back-to-back RBI singles in both the fifth and sixth innings to spark the Panthers.  Junior Calli DeGrace also knocked in a run with a sacrifice fly, and sophomore Jackie Digman had two hits and scored two runs.  Senior Allie Luisi walked twice and singled in the sixth inning; it was Luisi's 147th career hit, equaling the PSU career hits record held by Adriene Harvey (2000-03). 

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