Panthers fall to WPI but rally past Western New England
CLERMONT, Fla. – Senior Julia Royer (Pawcatuck, Conn.) clouted a three-run walk-off double to right field Saturday afternoon to cap a five-run seventh-inning rally and give Plymouth State University a 6-5 victory over Western New England University and a split of a pair of softball games at the National Training Center.
WPI gave the Panthers a rough start to the day with an 11-0 five-inning whitewash, and PSU trailed WNE 5-1 heading into the bottom of the seventh. Plymouth scored five runs on three hits in its final at bat, along with a walk, a hit-batter, and an infield error. Royer cleared the bases with her game-winning hit to right.
PSU managed just two hits in the opener off WPI pitcher Kelsey Saucier, a pair of singles by junior Katie Kennard (Concord, N.H.). Three pitchers saw action for the Panthers, junior Callia Abbott (Atco, N.J.), sophomore Allison Moylan (Methuen, Mass.) and freshman Kayla Mathieu (Fairfax, Vt.)
The Panther bats came to life in the second game, banging out 10 hits. Freshmen Melissa Goss (Templeton, Mass.), Kayla Nester (Fairfax, Vt.) and Autumn Beyor (Highgate, Vt.) smacked two hits apiece, with one of Nestor's a double, and classmate Lindsey Hall (Midlothian, Va.) had a single and two RBI.
Nester started the seventh-inning rally with a double to right center. Beyor singled to center to advance the runner, and Nester came home on an infield groundout. After Kennard with hit by a pitch and Goss drew a pinch-hit walk to load the bases, sophomore Abrie Davis (Amherst, N.H.) reached on a throwing error that allowed Beyor to score. Royer then ended the game with the dramatic hit to right.
Mathieu earned the win with two innings of shutout relief, striking out two. Senior Whitney Roberts (Chocorua, N.H.) went five inning in a no-decision.
PSU, 2-1, plays again on Sunday morning against Babson at 9:00 a.m., and again at 11:00 a.m. against Fairleigh Dickenson.
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