Panthers drop first game to Babson; down FDU-Florham in second game
CLERMONT, Fla. – The Plymouth State University softball team split a pair of games for the second straight day on Sunday at the National Training Center, falling to Babson College in the opener, 8-0 in five innings, but bouncing back to defeat Fairleigh Dickson University Florham in the second game, 4-1. The Panthers are now 3-2 on their spring trip to the Sunshine State.
Sophomore Allison Moylan (Methuen, Mass.) and freshman Kayla Mathieu (Fairfax, Vt.) combined to allow just one run on six hits and six walks for the win against FDU-Florham. Moylan pitched the first three-and-two-third innings, giving up a run on four hits, and Mathieu came on for the last three-and-a-third innings and allowed just two hits and a walk.
The Panthers took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Junior Katie Kennard (Concord, N.H.) brought home a run with a sacrifice fly to right field, and senior Julia Royer (Pawcatuck, Conn.) and followed with an RBI single.
FDU-Florham scored its only run in the second inning, but PSU pulled ahead 4-1 with runs in the fifth and sixth innings. Two errors contributed to the fifth-inning score, and freshman Cassidy Emerson (Concord, N.H.) singled home a run in the sixth.
Babson gave PSU a rude awakening in the early game, a 9:00 a.m. start the morning after the clocks were moved ahead. Beavers sophomore Ali Reilly (New Canaan, Conn.) limited the Panthers to just three hits, one single apiece by freshman Melissa Goss (Templeton, Mass.), Royer and senior Whitney Roberts (Chocorua, N.H.)
Sophomore Samantha Smith (Hillsborough, N.J.) led the Beavers with a home run. Babson went up 2-0 in the first inning, tacked on five runs in the third inning and one in the fourth before putting the game away in the top of the fifth.
PSU plays again on Monday morning against Norwich University at 9:00 a.m., and again at 11:00 a.m. against Endicott College.
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