Panthers look to bounce back in finale of Fla. trip
CLERMONT, Fla. – The Plymouth State University softball team took a pair of games on the chin Thursday afternoon, falling to Bowdoin College, 5-3, and the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, 15-0 in five innings, at the National Training Center.
The Panther offense scored three runs on eight hits against Bowdoin but managed just four hits against UW-Eau Claire. PSU is now 2-7 on the spring trip with two games remaining on Friday. Bowdoin improved to 9-5 on the season while Eau Claire, defending Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference champions, are now 9-1.
PSU took a 1-0 lead in the first inning against Bowdoin on an RBI single by junior Sam Hebert (Manchester, N.H./Memorial). The Polar Bears rallied for three runs in the bottom of the third inning, capped by a two-run home run by Katie Gately, and extended the lead to 5-1 in the fifth on RBI singles by Dimitria Spathakis and Julia Geaumont.
The Panthers threatened to score in the fourth inning but had two runners cut down at home plate on infield grounders. PSU produced a rally in the sixth, loading the bases with two outs and scoring runs on a hit by senior Jenn Bove (Medford, Mass.) and a walk by junior Bekah Jackson (Nashua, N.H.) Bowdoin brought in a new pitcher who got the next batter to end the Panther threat.
UW-Eau Claire scored in every inning to defeat PSU in the second game, putting up 13 hits in five innings while the PSU defense struggled with seven errors. Senior Sarah Fern (Brooklyn Center, Minn.) led the offensive attack, going 3-for-4, including two doubles and four RBIs.
The Blugolds broke the game open in the second inning when they scored four runs on two hits. They put the game away in the fifth with a six-run inning on four hits.
Junior Calli DeGrace (Plymouth, N.H.) and Bove each reached base twice for PSU on a hit and a walk.
The Panthers will wrap up the trip on Friday with two final games at the National Training Center, facing Oneonta State (N.Y.) at 1:00 p.m. and New Paltz (N.Y.) at 3:00 p.m.
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