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March 18, 2014

PSU Softball drops one-run game to Hamilton in Florida

Panthers battling inclement weather and silent bats

            CLERMONT, Fla. – The Plymouth State University softball season suffered a 3-2 loss to Hamilton College Tuesday night under the lights in a rain-delayed Dot Richardson Spring Game.

            Many of the Dot Richard Spring games have been postponed or cancelled due to rain. PSU's contest against Hamilton didn't start until 10:15 Tuesday evening, and a game against Utica College was wiped out all together. PSU also had its game Monday against Endicott suspended in the fourth inning due to rain; the game will be resumed at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday.

            The Panthers out-hit Hamilton 8-3, but lacked the key hits, leaving eight runners on base, including six in scoring position. PSU was also hurt by four errors which led to all three Continental runs being unearned.

            PSU scored single runs in the third and sixth innings. Junior Cynthia Barata (New Fairfield, Conn.) singled and came around to score in the third frame after a sacrifice bunt and a Hamilton infield error. Sophomore Nicole Abreu (Hudson, N.H.) singled to lead off the sixth inning and freshman pinch runner Nadia Wasuta (Jefferson, N.H.) scored on a double by sophomore Julia Royer (Pawcatuck, Conn.)

            Hamilton scored two runs in the second inning on a walk and two PSU errors, and plated what turned out to be the game-winning run in the fifth inning when Ellie Kiernan reached on an error and later scored on a two-out single by Sam Miller.

            Freshman Callia Abbott (Atco, N.J.) suffered the loss for PSU, giving up just two hits and five walks in five innings, striking out four. Junior Whitney Roberts (Chocorua, N.H.) allowed just one hit in two scoreless innings of relief.

            PSU, 0-2, will meet Tufts University Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. in a game that was added to replace the cancelled Utica game. 

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