Jackson continues hot streak for Panthers
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Junior Bekah Jackson (Nashua, N.H.) went 5-for-8 with two doubles, a triple and two home runs Wednesday afternoon as the Plymouth State University softball team swept a non-conference doubleheader over Lyndon State College, 9-1 and 5-1, in the home opener at D&M Park.
Jackson cracked a double, triple and homer in the first game, highlighting an 11-hit Panther attack as PSU won the contest in six innings. She added a double and a home run in the nightcap as PSU pulled away with two runs in the fifth and sixth innings. Jackson remains red-hot and she was also 7-for-8 on Tuesday in a doubleheader at Castleton State College.
The two wins give PSU a 15-10 record this season, while Lyndon State drops to 6-12.
The Panthers scored runs in five of the six innings in the opener. Jackson led off the PSU first inning with a home run to left field, and junior Sam Hebert (Manchester, N.H./Memorial) smacked a two-run double to left in the third inning to make it 3-0.
Lyndon State got on the board in the fourth inning on a run-scoring single by sophomore Katie Davis (North Haverhill, N.H.), but PSU stretched the lead to 6-1 with three runs in the bottom of the fourth. Jackson drilled a two-run triple to left field and came around to score on a Lyndon error.
The Panthers put the game away with two more runs in the fifth and one in the sixth, as freshman Julia Royer (Pawcatuck, Conn.) contributed a sacrifice fly and junior Taylor Mancini (Gansevoort, N.Y.) ended the game with an RBI single to right.
Sophomore Whitney Roberts (Chocorua, N.H.) picked up the win (7-3) with a complete-game effort for PSU, allowing just one run on four hits while fanning six.
Sophomore Jillian Emery (Johnson, Vt.) collected two hits in the opener for Lyndon, including a double.
PSU took a 1-0 lead in the third inning of the nightcap when Jackson reached on an error, stole second and came all the way around to score on a sacrifice bunt by Royer. The Hornets pulled even in the top of the fifth when sophomore Jen Lynch (Portland, Maine) drew a bases-load walk with one out. PSU junior Nora Galvin (Windham, N.H.), who earned the win in relief (5-5) with three scoreless innings, got the next two batters out on a strikeout and a pop-up to prevent further damage.
The Panthers pulled away with two-run rallies in the fifth and sixth innings. Roberts and junior Shannon Murphy (Chester, N.H./Pinkerton) produced RBI singles in the sixth, and the seventh inning included a lead-off homer from Jackson and an RBI single by freshman Vanessa Przybylo (Queensbury, N.Y.)
Roberts finished with three hits in the nightcap for PSU, while Jackson, Mancini and Przybylo had two hits each. The five Lyndon hits came from five different players, with junior Meghan Gadapee (Littleton, N.H.) connecting on a double.
PSU returns to Little East Conference action Saturday at D&M Park with a 1:00 p.m. doubleheader against defending champion Eastern Connecticut State University. Lyndon State travels to Maine this weekend to face Husson University on Saturday and Maine Maritime on Sunday.
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