PSU Softball posts first victory of season in Florida
Panthers sandwich win over Wesleyan between losses to Endicott, Ramapo
CLERMONT, Fla. – The Plymouth State University softball team had a busy morning on Thursday, finishing one game and playing two more at the National Training Center and finishing with a 1-2 record on the day.
PSU and Endicott started the day in the fourth inning of a game that was halted by rain on Monday with the Gulls leading, 7-1. The Panthers rallied on Thursday but Endicott held on for the win, 9-6.
Senior Nora Galvin (Windham, N.H.) scattered three hits and two walks to lead PSU to a 9-0 victory over Wesleyan University (Conn.) in the middle game of the day. Plymouth State's day wrapped up with a 7-3 setback to Ramapo (N.J.). The Panthers are 1-5 on the Florida trip with two games to play.
When the Endicott game started on Monday, the Gulls pulled away to a 7-1 lead after three innings. The lone Panther run came on a first-inning solo home run by freshman Masha Lange (Danville, N.H.) But the rains came, and the remainder of the game continued Thursday morning.
After Endicott plated two more runs in the bottom of the fourth, PSU rallied with three runs in the fifth and two in the seventh. Lange drew a bases-loaded walk to bring home a run in the fifth inning, and senior Sam Hebert (Manchester, N.H./Memorial) delivered a two-out, two-run single in tthe fifth and a two-out, two-run double in the seventh.
The Panther offense produced 10 hits and nine runs in support of Galvin against Wesleyan. PSU scored one run in the first inning and added four-run innings in the second and fifth frames to put the game away after the fifth.
Lange sparked the Panther offense with three hits and two runs batted in, both coming on a second-inning single. Sophomore Julia Royer (Pawcatuck, Conn.) added two hits, including a two-run double in the fifth inning, and junior Cynthia Barata (New Fairfield, Conn.) also delivered a two-run double in the fifth.
The Panther bats were silent in the first five innings against Ramapo, as Roadrunner senior lefthander Nicole Schneider retired the first 14 batters she faced. Royer broke up the perfect game with two outs in the fifth inning with a single up the middle, but by then, the Panthers were down 5-0.
PSU made some noise in the seventh inning with three runs and two more runners in scoring position but Schneider closed out the game for the win. Sophomore Shirley Butterfield (Atkinson, N.H.) and senior Taylor Mancini (Gansevoort, N.Y.) drove in runs with infield grounders, and Barata capped the rally with a sacrifice fly.
Plymouth State will wrap up play on the Florida trip Friday with games against Springfield College (1:00 p.m.) and McDaniel College (3:00 p.m.)
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