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Little East Weekly Honors for PSU Student-Athletes

Jackson, Roberts honored in Softball; Swanson in Lax

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The latest round of Little East Conference weekly honors were announced Monday and the list of recipients included three Plymouth State University student-athletes.

  Jackson Roberts Swanson

            PSU junior Bekah Jackson (Nashua, N.H./North) and sophomore Whitney Roberts (Chocorua, N.H./Kennett) were named LEC Softball Player and Rookie of the Week, respectively, and senior Caitlin Swanson (Holderness, N.H./Plymouth Regional) repeated as LEC Women's Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week. All three played key roles last week as the Panther teams posted key conference victories.

            A 5'4" shortstop, Jackson batted .643 (18-for-28) in a 6-2 week for PSU, hitting safely in all eight games with 10 extra-base hits, 11 RBI, 14 runs scored and six stolen bases.  She cracked three doubles, four triples and three home runs in the eight games while making just one error at shortstop in 38 attempts (19-18-1). She went 5-for-5 with a triple and two RBI Tuesday in a win over Castleton and she hit a grand slam in the nightcap Sunday as the Panthers swept New England College.

            Jackson is among the NCAA Division III leaders with a school-record nine triples, and ranks among the LEC leaders in numerous offensive categories; she leads the league in triples and stolen bases (17), ranks second in batting average (.506), hits (41), runs (35), total bases (82), on-base percentage (.574), and slugging percentage (1.012), ranks third in home runs (5) and RBI (25), and fourth in doubles (8).

            A 5'7" pitcher/outfielder, Roberts went 2-0 with a 0.98 earned run average in three appearances for PSU.  She allowed just one run on four hits and no walks in each of her two starts, striking out six in a six-inning win Wednesday against Lyndon State, and fanning two in Saturday's 2-1 complete-game victory over Eastern Connecticut that snapped ECSU's 21-game conference winning streak. She also batted .444 (4-for-9) with a double and three RBI in limited action at the plate.

            Roberts is enjoying a strong rookie season for PSU with an 8-3 record and a 2.40 earned run average.  She ranks second in the LEC in wins and third in ERA  

            The PSU softball team (18-11 overall, 3-3 LEC) continues an eight-game home stand Tuesday with a Little East doubleheader at D&M Park against the University of Southern Maine (3:30 p.m.).

            A 5'5" midfielder, Swanson recorded four caused turnovers, four draw controls and five ground balls in a 2-0 week for PSU (1-0 LEC) as the Panthers surrendered just nine goals in two games. She tallied a draw control and two ground balls in PSU's win Thursday at Framingham State, and she collected four caused turnovers, three draw controls and three ground balls Saturday in PSU's 11-7 LEC win over Eastern Connecticut.

            The returning LEC Midfielder of the Year, Swanson continues to excel at both ends of the field. She is second on the team in goals scored (22), draw controls (20), ground balls (21), and caused turnovers (14), and ranks fourth in points (24). Swanson is ranked fourth in the LEC in caused turnovers (1.56 per game) and tied for third with two game-winning goals.

            The Panther women's lax squad (7-2 overall, 2-0 LEC) plays a pair of key LEC games this week – Tuesday at rival Keene State College (4:00 p.m.) and Saturday at home against Western Connecticut State University (12 noon).  Keene State won last year's LEC title over WCSU after the Colonials had upset top-seeded PSU in the semifinals.

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