PSU Softball drops two close games in Florida

Panthers nipped by Ramapo and Amherst

            CLERMONT, Fla. – Plymouth State University played solid softball Tuesday morning but suffered a pair of tough losses, falling to Ramapo College (N.J.), 4-2, and Amherst College, 2-1, at the National Training Center.

            The Panthers, who have played seven games in their first four days in the Sunshine State, are 2-5 with four games left to play before heading north. Ramapo is now 3-2 this spring and Amherst is 4-2.

            PSU and Ramapo each scored in the first inning of the first game.  Junior Caitlin Smith cracked an RBI double for the Roadrunners, and junior Calli DeGrace (Plymouth, N.H.) answered for PSU with her first home run of the season.

            Ramapo erupted for three runs in the fifth inning as freshman Melanie Walling doubled, sophomore Courtney Borovskis singled home Walling, and sophomore Jaclyn Lima capped the rally with a two-run homer to left.  PSU came back with one run in the bottom half of the inning when junior Shannon Murphy (Chester, N.H.) walked, DeGrace and junior Jackie Digman (Burlington, Mass.) reached on two-out singles, and junior Sam Hebert (Manchester, N.H./Memorial) drew a bases-loaded walk, but Ramapo got the next Panther batter on a groundout to end the threat.

            DeGrace and Digman finished with two hits each for PSU.  Junior Nora Galvin (Windham, N.H.) pitched well for PSU, allowing just six hits and two walks in seven innings, striking out seven, but suffered the loss.

            The Panthers took a 1-0 lead over Amherst in the top of the first when senior Jenn Bove (Medford, Mass.) led off with a single, went to second on a sacrifice bunt by DeGrace, and scored on a single by Hebert.

            The Jeffs came back to tie the score in the third inning when sophomore Donna Leet tripled to right field and scored and scored on a sacrifice bunt by senior Reilly Horan.  Amherst pulled ahead in the fifth when junior Carolyn Miller doubled to left field to drive in a run.

            PSU had a couple chances to score but couldn't push a run across, including a second-and-third with one out situation in the second inning.  The Panthers had a potential tying run cut down at home plate in the sixth inning, and put two runners on in the seventh before two infield grounders ended the game.

            Bove, junior Taylor Mancini (Gansevoort, N.Y.) and sophomore Whitney Roberts (Chocorua, N.H./Kennett) had two hits each for PSU. Roberts allowed just two runs in five innings in the circle but suffered her first loss of the season (1-1).

            After an off day on Wednesday, PSU returns to action Thursday with two more games at the National Training Center, facing Bowdoin College at 3:00 p.m. and the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire at 5:00 p.m.

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