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Galvin and Roberts pitch PSU Softball past UMass Dartmouth

Panthers post back-to-back Little East shutouts

            NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Plymouth State University senior Nora Galvin (Windham, N.H.) and junior Whitney Roberts (Chocorua, N.H.) pitched back-to-back shutouts Saturday afternoon, limiting the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth to just seven hits in 5-0 and 1-0 Little East Conference victories over the Corsairs at the UMD Athletic Complex.

            PSU moved back to the .500 mark at 9-9 overall and 3-3 in conference play, while UMD drops to 8-14 overall and 4-2 in the Little East.

            Galvin allowed just five hits and two walks in the opener, striking out a season-high nine batters to improve her record to 4-4.  Roberts gave up just two hits and a walk in the nightcap, fanning three, to up her season record to 5-3.

            The Panthers got all the offense they would need in the opener with two runs in the first inning, then plated three insurance runs in the fifth inning. Senior Sam Hebert (Manchester, N.H.) drove in three with a first-inning sacrifice fly and a two-run double in the fifth. Senior Jackie Digman (Burlington, Mass.) and freshman Masha Lange (Danville, N.H.) each had two hits, and Digman singled home a run in the fifth.

            PSU scored the only run of the second game in the fifth inning; junior Cynthia Barata (New Fairfield, Conn.) walked, was sacrificed to second by freshman Emma Rhodes (Rochester, N.H.) and came home on a clutch two-out single to center field by senior Bekah Jackson (Nashua, N.H.) That was PSU's only hit in the game.

            The Panthers will be right back on the diamond Sunday with a non-conference doubleheader at New England College (1:00 p.m.) 

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