Panthers down McDaniel after setback to Springfield
CLERMONT, Fla. – Senior Bekah Jackson (Nashua, N.H.) reached base in all four plate appearances and scored four runs Friday afternoon to lead the Plymouth State University softball team to a 7-2 win over McDaniel College (Md.) in a Dot Richardson Spring Game.
The victory earned the Panthers a split of their two games Friday, as the Panthers fell to Springfield College earlier in the day, 6-2. PSU completes its spring trip with a 2-6 record, while Springfield is now 7-2 and McDaniel is 8-6.
Jackson reached on a triple, two singles and a walk to spark the Panther offense in the win over McDaniel. Freshman Masha Lange (Danville, N.H.) and senior Sam Hebert (Manchester, N.H./Memorial) drove in two runs apiece, and Lange and senior Jackie Digman (Burlington, Mass.) collected two hits apiece.
PSU took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Jackson tripled and scored on a single by Lange. After McDaniel answered with two runs in the bottom of the first, the Panthers took the lead for good with two runs in the third inning. Freshman Emma Rhodes (Rochester, N.H.) and Digman sandwiched singles around a walk by Jackson to load the bases and Hebert delivered a two-out, two-run single.
The Panthers bumped their lead to 6-2 with a three-run fourth inning. Jackson and Lange produce consecutive RBI singles, and Jackson came home on the back end of a double steal. PSU tacked on one more run in the seventh on an RBI single by Digman.
Junior Whitney Roberts (Chocorua, N.H.) posted the win for PSU with a complete-game effort, allowing just two unearned runs on four hits and two walks, striking out one.
PSU managed just two singles through the first four innings against Springfield, but trailed just 1-0. The Pride put the game away with three runs in the fifth inning and two in the sixth. The Panthers got on the board with two unearned runs in the bottom of the fifth as freshman Katie Kennard (Concord, N.H.) smacked an RBI double and Lange added a run-scoring single.
The Panthers will return to New England over the weekend and will be back on the diamond on Thursday, Mar. 27, with a doubleheader at Salem State University (3:30 p.m.)
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