Davis, Pietersen spark Panthers to LEC victories
GORHAM, Maine – Freshman Abrie Davis (Amherst, N.H.) knocked a game deciding two-run home run in the opener and classmate Jessica Pietersen (Norton, Mass.) fired a two-hitter in the second game as the Plymouth State University Panthers swept the University of Southern Maine Huskies in a Little East Conference doubleheader Tuesday afternoon at the USM Softball Field.
Plymouth State defeated USM 2-1 in the first game and took the second game 4-1. Originally schedule to be played in Plymouth, N.H., the games were moved to USM due to unplayable field conditions; Plymouth State played as the home team in both games.
With the pair of wins, Plymouth State spoiled the Huskies' home opener and improves to 6-13 overall and 3-2 in the Little East. PSU is 6-3 since returning from Florida. Southern Maine drops its fifth straight game and falls to 15-13 overall and 3-5 in LEC action.
PSU's Davis broke open a scoreless pitchers' duel with her third home run of the season in the bottom of the fourth inning. Plymouth State led off the inning with a single up the middle from Katie Kennard. Huskies' freshman Erika Millett (Whitefield, N.H./) came back to get the next two outs on a pair of outfield fly balls, before Davis launched a shot over the left field fence to put the Panthers ahead 2-0.
The Huskies' seemed poised for a big inning in the fifth but the Panthers' heads up defense limited USM to just one run. Sophomore Samantha Crosman (South Berwick, Maine) reached safely with a lead-off single to left and then advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from classmate Allison Pillar (Hollis, Maine). Crosman then took third on a wild pitch and came around to score on an RBI single from sophomore Danni Humphrey (Walnut Creek, Calif.). A fielder's choice left Huskies' with two outs and a runner on first, before freshman Taylor Lux (Arundel, Maine) singled through the left side to make it runners on one and two with two down. Junior Mary Caron (Lewiston, Maine) followed up Lux's single with one of her own, but the Panthers ended the Huskies' rally with a smart relay from the outfield to cut down an aggressive Husky runner, leaving the score 2-1 in favor of PSU.
The Huskies' had a base runner in both the top of the sixth and seventh but were unable to convert. Freshman Amber Kelly (Berwick, Maine) had a two-out single in the sixth, while Humphrey had a one-out double in the seventh. Humphrey's double was for naught as the Panthers converted a double play to erase the threat.
PSU senior Whitney Roberts (Chocorua, N.H./Kennett) earned the win allowing one earned run on eight hits and a walk in seven innings. Millett took the loss for USM allowing two earned runs on four hits in six innings.
Pietersen led the Panthers to the sweep in the second game limiting the Husky bats to just two hits in seven innings of work. Pietersen had two walks and two strikeouts in the victory. Millett, who pitched back-to-back games, took the loss allowing three earned runs on five hits and a walk over four innings. Millett was relieved by sophomore Desiree Benner (Friendship, Maine). Benner pitched two innings of scoreless relief totaling one walk and one strikeout.
Kennard drove in a pair of PSU's runs, while freshman Nina Murray (Saugus, Mass.) and sophomore Rachel Morrissey (Salem, N.H.) each had an RBI. Murray was 2-for-3 at the plate adding a run scored. Huskies' freshman Courtney Davis (Woburn, Mass.) and Lux accounted for both of the USM hits, while Crosman had a sacrifice fly in the top of the second to drive in USM's lone run.
Southern Maine hosts St. Joseph's College (Maine) on Thursday (3:30 p.m.) in a non-conference doubleheader. Plymouth State travels to Lyndon State for a non-conference doubleheader on Thursday (3:30 p.m.).
(Courtesy of Southern Maine Sports Information)
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