Abreu homer and Madore double key five-run first inning for Panthers
NORTH DARTMOUTH, N.H. – Plymouth State University scored five runs in the first inning to cruise to a 9-1 Little East Conference victory over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Monday morning in a NCAA Division III softball contest. The game was continued from April 3, when the contest was originally postponed due to rain.
The Panthers won for the eighth time in their past nine contests to improve their overall record to 12-14, including a 7-3 mark within the conference circuit. The Corsairs suffered their fourth straight setback to drop to 6-16 and 2-8 against Little East Conference competition.
Sophomore Katie Kennard (Concord, N.H.) went 2-for-3 with a run scored and RBI to pace the visitors' offensive attack. Junior Nicole Abreu (Hudson, N.H.) homered over the left field fence to help Plymouth State produce a five-run first inning. Senior Sam Madore (Bristol, Conn.) went 2-for-2 at the dish, while freshman Nina Murray (Saugus, Mass.) also turned in a multi-hit performance.
Freshman Jessica Pietersen (Norton, Mass.) spun a complete-game, five hitter to raise her individual record to 5-4. The rookie right-hander allowed one earned run and two walks, while striking out three on 104 total pitches.
Freshman Erica Chase (Portsmouth, R.I.) registered the only extra-base hit –a lead off double in the bottom of the sixth—for the hosts. Classmate Rebecca Field (Brentwood, N.H.) went 1-for-2 and scored UMass Dartmouth's lone run on a sophomore Marissa Spinuzzi (Fair Lawn, N.J.) sacrifice fly in the third.
Junior Shannon Orton (Swansea, Mass.) (3-8) was the original starter, allowing three unearned runs in a third of an inning. Freshman Hannah Smith (Attleboro, Mass.) gave up six runs (three earned) on eight hits over the course of five innings.
The Panthers capitalized on five Corsair errors in the first inning to build a 5-0 advantage. Madore capped the frame with a RBI double into the right centerfield gap. Plymouth State pushed across an insurance run in second inning.
The visitors loaded the bases with one out in the sixth and extended their lead when Kennard was hit by a pitch. Freshman Abrie Davis (Amherst, N.H.) doubled down the left field line to complete the scoring and force the eight-run rule to be put into effect.
Both teams return to action with Little East Conference affairs on Wednesday as the Corsairs travel to Rhode Island College (6-18, 2-8 LEC) and PSU visits rival Keene State College (10-16, 5-5 LEC).
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