Panthers stage huge comebacks; Career win #200 for Coach Addison
SALEM, Mass. – The Plymouth State University softball team scored 32 runs on 33 hits Wednesday afternoon and evening and overcame seven- and eight-run deficits to sweep a doubleheader slugfest from Salem State University, 10-8 and 22-16, in non-conference action at Alumni Field.
The Panthers rallied from a 7-0 deficit in the first game on the strength of a nine-run fourth-inning outburst. PSU trailed 11-3 after three innings of the nightcap but came up with seven runs in the fourth inning and nine runs in the fifth to take an eight-run lead.
The victory in the first game marked career win #200 for PSU head coach Bruce Addison, who is in his 12th season. He is the first coach in program history to reach the 200-win plateau.
Sophomore Katie Kennard (Concord, N.H.) went 5-for-6 with a double, a home run and a school-record nine RBIs in the nightcap alone. Her nine runs driven in eclipses the previous single-game mark of seven, accomplished by Sharon Brown in 1987. Kennard had an RBI single in the fourth-inning rally, and a double and a single and five RBI in the fifth-inning outburst.
The Panthers also got 4-for-4 performances in the nightcap from freshman Kim Leiter (Manchester, N.H./Central) and senior Sam Madore (Bristol, Conn.). Leiter had a triple and also reached twice on walks and scored six runs, while Madore had a pair of doubles and knocked in three runs. Freshman Taylor Wood (Londonderry, N.H.) went 3-for-6 with a double, three runs scored and three RBIs, and four other Panthers had two hits apiece – sophomores Rachel Morrissey (Salem, N.H.) and Callia Abbott (Atco, N.J.) and freshmen Nina Murray (Saugus, Mass.) and Allison Moylan (Methuen, Mass.).
Senior Whitney Roberts (Chocorua, N.H.) earned the victory in relief, pitching the final three innings and allowing just two unearned runs on three hits while striking out seven. Abbott and Moylan combined to pitch the first four innings.
Junior Nicole Abreu (Hudson, N.H.) homered to lead off PSU's nine-run fourth inning in the opener. Murray tripled to drive in a run, Moylan and Abreu added RBI singles, and Abbott capped the rally with a three-run home run.
Freshman Jessica Pietersen (Norton, Mass.) posted her first career win for PSU in the first game after tossing five innings in relief of Roberts. Pietersen allowed just two runs (one earned) on three hits and two walks while fanning five.
The Panthers (3-10) are slated to return to action Thursday in a doubleheader at Castleton State College. Salem State is now 11-8.
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