PSU Softball wins final two on Florida trip

Panthers cap week with dramatic 10-inning thriller 

            CLERMONT, Fla. – The Plymouth State University softball team wrapped up its week in Florida Friday by winning its final two games at the National Training Center, defeating Oneonta State (N.Y.) 8-1 and coming from behind to nip New Paltz (N.Y.),13-12, in a dramatic 10-inning thriller.

            PSU trailed 8-7 heading into the seventh inning against New Paltz.  After the Hawks extended the lead with three runs in the top of the seventh, PSU plated four runs in the bottom of the inning to tie the game at 11-11, matched New Paltz' run in the ninth inning, and pulled out the win with a run in the bottom of the 10th.  The Panthers head north with a 4-7 overall record, while it was the season opener for Oneonta and New Paltz is 1-2.

            Junior Taylor Mancini (Gansevoort, N.Y.) delivered a bases-loaded single in the bottom of the 10th for the victory. Sophomore Whitney Roberts (Chocorua, N.H./Kennett) registered the win in relief, pitching the final 6.2 innings of the game and allowing just three earned runs on five hits while striking out three.

            Ten different Panthers recorded a hit at the plate in the game. Junior Bekah Jackson (Nashua, N.H.) had two hits, including a double, and four runs batted in, and freshman Shirley Butterfield (Atkinson, N.H./Timberlane) contributed a double and three RBIs.

            Jackson cracked a double, a triple and her second home run  of the season and drove in three runs to lead the Panther offense in the win over Oneonta State.  Juniors Sam Hebert (Manchester, N.H./Memorial) and Jackie Digman (Burlington, Mass.) both went 2-for-4 with two RBI, with Digman belting her first home run of the season.

            Junior Nora Galvin (Windham, N.H./Salem) notched her first win of the season, allowing just two hits and one unearned run over five innings while striking out seven.  Roberts pitched the final two innings in what turned out to be a warm-up for her performance in the second game.

            The Panthers are slated to return to action Thursday, Mar. 28, with a doubleheader at Salem State University. 

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