Panthers score 17 runs on 27 hits in sweep of Falcons
FITCHBURG, Mass. – The Plymouth State University softball team pounded out 27 hits and scored 17 runs Thursday afternoon en route to sweeping a doubleheader from Fitchburg State University, 7-4 and 10-0, in non-conference action at Coolidge Park.
Junior Bekah Jackson (Nashua, N.H.) went 4-for-4 with two doubles and two triples to lead a 13-hit Panther attack in the opener, and senior Calli DeGrace (Plymouth, N.H.) and freshman Julia Royer (Pawcatuck, Conn.) had two hits and drove in three runs apiece to highlight a 14-hit PSU output in the nightcap. The Panthers took the second game in five innings.
PSU extended its winning streak to 10 games, improving to 12-7 overall, while Fitchburg State slipped to 6-10.
The Panthers scored single runs in the first three innings of the opener before a three-run fourth inning made it 6-0. Jackson doubled in the first and third innings and was brought home on RBI singles by junior Sam Hebert (Manchester, N.H./Memorial), and freshman Vanessa Przybylo (Queensbury, N.Y.) doubled home a run in the second. Senior Jenn Bove (Medford, Mass.) had an RBI single and Jackson legged out an RBI triple to highlight the fourth-inning rally, and Jackson tripled again in the seventh and came home on junior Taylor Mancini's (Gansevoort, N.Y.) single. Hebert, Przybylo and junior Cynthia Barata (New Fairfield, Conn.) all finished with two hits in the game.
Sophomore Whitney Roberts (Chocorua, N.H.) earned the win for PSU to improve her record to 6-2, pitching five innings and allowing four runs on seven hits while striking out five. Senior Ali Keith (Northfield, N.H./Winnisquam) pitched two scoreless innings, allowing just two hits, to record her first save.
PSU scored eight runs in the third inning of the second game to take a commanding lead. Bove knocked in the first run with an RBI single, and DeGrace followed with a two-run double. Jackson also singled home a run, and Royer capped the rally with a three-run double. DeGrace also belted her third home run of the season for PSU in the fourth inning.
Przybylo was the winning pitcher for PSU, throwing four shutout innings and surrendering six hits and a walk with one strikeout. Freshman Sara Gaudet (Londonderry, N.H.) came on and pitched a scoreless fifth inning.
The Panthers return to Little East Conference play this Saturday with a 1:00 p.m. twin bill at Rhode Island College.
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