Panthers defeat Trinity (Conn.) after setback to North Park
CLERMONT, Fla. – For the fifth time in seven days, the Plymouth State University softball team split a pair of games at the National Training Center on Friday, defeating Trinity College (Conn.) in six innings in the nightcap, 9-1, after an 8-5 setback to North Park University in the first game.
PSU's win over Trinity was helped by six Bantam errors as PSU scored nine runs on five hits and seven walks. Junior Katie Kennard (Concord, N.H.) blasted a three-run home run to highlight a four-run fourth inning, and freshman Lindsey Hall (Midlothian, Va.), sophomore Allison Moylan (Methuen, Mass.) and Kennard all drew bases-loaded walks in the three-run fifth inning. Senior Julia Royer (Pawcatuck, Conn.) also had two hits for the Panthers.
Freshman Kayla Mathieu (Fairfax, Vt.) earned a complete-game victory for PSU, improving to 4-1 after allowing just one run on eight hits, striking out five.
PSU scored four runs in the second inning against North Park and one in the third to take a 5-2 lead. Junior Rachel Morrissey (Salem, N.H.) smacked a two-run double in the second, and freshman Debra Morrill (Concord, N.H.) added an RBI single. Freshman Alex Cole (Raymond, N.H.) chipped in with an RBI double in the third inning. Morrill and Cole each had two hits for the Panthers.
North Park came back with two runs in the top of the fourth inning and pulled out the victory with a four-run sixth inning.
Moylan pitched the first four innings for PSU, and senior Whitney Roberts (Chocorua, N.H.) worked the last three innings and took the loss.
Plymouth State is now 6-7 on the Florida trip with one game to go. North Park is now 3-7 and Trinity is 7-3. The Panthers wrap up competition in the Sunshine State Saturday at 9:00 a.m. against Benedictine (Ill.).
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