Panthers drop games to Keene State, WestConn
MANSFIELD, Conn. – A day after rallying from a 5-0 deficit to pull out a thrilling victory, the Plymouth State University softball team dropped two games on Friday and was eliminated from the Little East Conference tournament, hosted by top-seeded Eastern Connecticut State University.
The fourth-seeded Panthers were defeated by second-seeded Keene State College, 10-0, in Game 6 early in the day, and were bounced from the tourney with an 8-0 loss in Game 7 to fifth-seeded Western Connecticut State University. Both games were shortened due to the mercy rule.
PSU managed just three hits in the two games. Freshman Cynthia Barata hit a two-out double in the second inning against Keene but was stranded at second, and sophomore Bekah Jackson reached on a bunt single in the third inning but was thrown out attempting to steal second. Junior Jenn Bove reached on a single in the first inning against WestConn but was stranded on the bases.
It was a rough day all around for the Panthers. They made four errors in each game and three Panther pitchers were tagged for 14 earned runs on 17 hits in 11 innings.
PSU, 21-20 overall, awaits a possible ECAC New England Tournament berth, which will be announced Monday. The Panthers have won 16 of their last 23 games after a 5-13 start.
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