Panthers extend winning streak to six
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Sophomore Katie Kennard (Concord, N.H.) drove in five runs Saturday afternoon, including a three-run homer, in the second game of a doubleheader, leading Plymouth State University to an 8-0 win and a sweep of the University of Massachusetts Boston in Little East Conference action at D&M Park.
In the first game PSU freshmen Abrie Davis (Amherst,NH) and Nina Murray (Saugus, Mass) each hit home runs while senior Whitney Roberts (Chocorua, NH) pitched a complete -game shutout in the 6-0 triumph over the Beacons.
The Panthers (10-13 overall and 4-3 in the LEC) have now won six straight games and 10 of their last 13. UMB drops to 4-18 and 1-7.
Plymouth State broke a scoreless tie in the third inning of the second game when sophomore Emma Rhodes (Rochester, N.H.) connected with a run-scoring single and then Kennard added a two-run double giving the home team a 3-0 advantage. Two innings later Sophomore Rachel Morrissey (Salem, N.H.) singled in freshman Kim Leiter (Manchester, NH) and then Kennard blasted a three-run shot, making it 7-0. Davis ended the game when she drove pinch runner Lisa Osborne (Gilmanton, N.H.).
Freshman Jessica Pietersen (Norton, Mass) pitched a complete game for the Panthers, giving up just three hits and issuing one walk.
PSU used the long ball to grab the opening game of the double-header. The Panthers opened up the scoring in the home half of the first inning when junior Nicole Abreu (Hudson, NH) plated Leiter with a double to deep left field. Two batters later, Davis jacked a three-run shot over the left field fence giving Plymouth State all the runs it would need.
Murray added some insurance one inning later when she hit her first homer of the year, making it 5-0. A run-scoring single by Kennard rounded out the first game's scoring.
Roberts scattered seven hits while not walking a batter and striking out one.
UMB senior Kirsten Morrison (North Reading, Mass) had a good day at the plate, going 4-for-5 with a double and a stolen base. Sophomore Kelsey Cruse (Worcester, Mass) had a double and a walk.
Plymouth State returns to action Sunday when it travels to Rhode Island College for a LEC make-up doubleheader.
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