Plymouth State Softball falls twice at Middlebury

Barata with four hits for PSU, Jackson extends streak

            MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – The Plymouth State University softball team was cooled off by red-hot Middlebury College Wednesday afternoon as the host Panthers swept a non-conference doubleheader from the visiting Panthers, 4-2 and 6-1.

            Middlebury extended its winning streak to 13 straight and improved to 18-6 overall, while PSU, which had won five in a row and seven of its last eight, dropped to 20-13 overall.

            Sophomore Cynthia Barata (New Fairfield, Conn.) led the Plymouth State effort with two hits in each game and the lone RBI in the nightcap.  Junior Bekah Jackson (Nashua, N.H.) cracked a double in each game to extend her hitting streak to 17 games, and senior Calli DeGrace (Plymouth, N.H.) belted her fifth home run of the season.

            The home team took a 4-0 lead after three innings in the opener and held on for the win.  Senior Jessica Poracky doubled home two runs in the first inning, sophomore Christina Bicks tripled home a run in the second and junior Emily Kraytenberg doubled home a run in the third.

            PSU rallied for two runs in the sixth inning to cut the deficit in half as Jackson led off with a double and DeGrace followed with a home run to left field.  That ended up as the extent of the offense PSU could muster against junior Alexa Lesenskyj, who struck out five in the complete-game win.

            Middlebury exploded for four runs in the first inning of the nightcap, capped by a two-run double by freshman Carlyn Vachow, and extended the margin to 5-0 in the third when Kraytenberg tripled and scored on a sacrifice fly by Vachow.

            Plymouth State got on the board with a run in the fourth inning when freshman Vanessa Przybylo (Queensbury, N.Y.) drew a one-out walk and later scored on Barata's single up the middle.  PSU loaded the bases on three walks in the fifth inning but couldn't push any runs across and managed just one hit the rest of the way.

            PSU returns home to host the University of Massachusetts Boston Saturday in a Little East Conference doubleheader (1:00 p.m.) Middlebury puts its winning streak on the line this weekend with a three-game series at home against Williams College. 

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