PSU Softball splits another two games in Florida

Panthers defeat Plattsburgh but downed by Bethany (W.Va.)

            CLERMONT, Fla. – The top three hitters in the Plymouth State University softball line-up combined to go 6-for-8 with three extra-base hits and three runs scored Monday morning as the Panthers edged SUNY Plattsburgh, 3-2, in the first game of the day at the National Training Center.

            The second game was a different story as PSU managed just five hits and dropped a 10-2 decision to Bethany College (W.Va.)  The Panthers are now 2-3 on the Spring trip.

            Juniors Bekah Jackson (Nashua, N.H.) and Jackie Digman (Burlington, Mass.) each went 2-for-3 against Plattsburgh, with Jackson clocking her first home run of the season and scoring twice while Digman had a double and an RBI.  Senior Calli DeGrace (Plymouth, N.H.) was 2-for-2 with a walk and a triple to reach base in all three plate appearances.

            Sophomore Whitney Roberts (Chocorua, N.H./Kennett) earned her first victory for PSU with a complete-game effort, allowing just five hits and one earned run while striking out six.

            PSU scored twice in the first inning against the Cardinals.  Jackson and DeGrace led off with singles, Digman followed with an RBI double, and DeGrace came home on a passed ball.  After Plattsburgh got on the board in the second inning on a bases-loaded walk by Brittany Marshall, PSU scored its third run in the third inning on Jackson's lead-off home run.  The Cardinals got one back in the sixth inning with the help of two Panther errors, but Roberts retired the side in order in the seventh to preserve the win.

            The Panthers plated two runs in the first inning of the second game vs. Bethany.  DeGrace drew a one-out walk and Digman and junior Sam Hebert (Manchester, N.H./Memorial) followed with consecutive RBI doubles. Unfortunately for PSU, that was the end of the scoring as the Panthers didn't get another runner past second base the rest of the game.

            Bethany, meanwhile, took the lead for good with four runs in the first inning.  A solo run in the third inning made it 5-2, and the Bison put the game away with three runs in the fourth inning and two more in the fifth to end the game on the mercy rule.

            The Panthers are right back on the diamond Tuesday morning with their third straight twin bill at the National Training Center, facing Ramapo (N.Y.) at 9:00 a.m. and Amherst College at 11:00 a.m. 

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