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PSU Softball drops season opener to Bowdoin in Florida

Butterfield with three hits for Panthers; Second game rained out

            CLERMONT, Fla. – The Plymouth State University softball season finally got underway Monday morning, and the Panthers were defeated 3-1 by Bowdoin College in the opener in a Dot Richardson Spring Game.

            PSU's second game of the day against Endicott College was halted due to weather in the fourth inning with Endicott leading 7-1. The Panthers had four games earlier this season also cancelled by weather and unplayable field conditions. PSU was playing its first game of the season while Bowdoin (5-4) was playing its ninth.

            Sophomore Shirley Butterfield (Atkinson, N.H.) led the Panthers with three hits, driving in the only run with a first-inning single. Junior Morgan Wilson (Wilmot, N.H.) also had two hits for PSU.

            Sophomore Julia Geaumont limited the Panthers to one run in six innings, striking out six. Senior Melissa DellaTorre came on to pitch the final inning and escaped out of a bases-loaded jam.

            Senior Nora Galvin (Salem, N.H.) suffered the loss for PSU, pitching six innings and allowing just three runs on six hits, striking out five.

            PSU out-hit the Polar Bears, 8-6, but couldn't come up with a key hit. The Panthers left 10 runners on base, leaving the bags loaded in the first and seventh innings.

            The Panthers are schedule to play two more Dot Richardson games on Monday, taking on Hamilton College at 1:00 p.m. and Utica College at 3:00 p.m.

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