Abbott leads Panthers to victory in nightcap
SALEM, Mass. – The Plymouth State University softball team split a doubleheader with Salem State University on Thursday evening at Alumni Field. In game one, Jen Crovo (Melrose, Mass.) broke a 3-3 tie with an RBI single in the bottom of the sixth to propel the Vikings to a 4-3 victory. In game two, junior Callia Abbott (Atco, N.J.) went 5.2 innings and allowed just a run on four hits to lead the Panthers to a 7-1 victory. Salem State is now 5-9 on the season while the Panthers stand at 7-9.
Starting pitchers Kayla Mathieu (Fairfax, Vt.) and Meghan Black (Winchendon, Mass.) kept both offenses in check until the fifth inning when Salem State broke through to take a 3-0 lead. Bobbie Dee Regan (Lynn, Mass.) blasted a double that scored Dahlia DeCologero (Woburn, Mass.), who had walked with the game's first run. Molly McLean (Arlington, Mass.) followed with a single to plate Regan and the Vikings led 2-0. McLean made her way to third on a wild pitch and steal, and scored on another wild pitch to give Salem State a 3-0 cushion.
Plymouth State battled back to tie the game, 3-3 in the top of the sixth. Taylor Wood (Londonderry, N.H.) doubled to lead off the inning, and Emma Rhodes (Rochester, Mass.) followed with a single to put runners on second and third. Allison Moylan (Methuen, Mass.) plated both with a double to bring the Panthers to within 3-2. IIeish Burney (Briston, Conn.) replaced Black and following a sacrifice, Moylan scored on a pinch-hit single by Abbott to tie the game.
Salem State quickly regained the lead in the top of the sixth as Jess Raymond (Peabody, Mass.) singled and after a sacrifice, scored the game-winner on Crovo's single. In the seventh, Burney gave up a one-out walk, but ended the game with a 4-6-3 double play to secure the win.
Burney picked up the victory, pitching two innings and allowing just two hits and a walk. Black pitched five innings and allowed three runs on nine hits with a strikeout. Plymouth State's Whitney Roberts (Chocorua, N.H.) took the loss, allowing a run on two hits with a walk and strikeout. Mathieu pitched five innings and gave up six hits and three runs with six walks and three strikeouts.
Regan went 2-for-3 for the Vikings with a double and triple while Katie Kennard (Concord, N.H.) and Rhodes each went 3-for-4 for the Panthers.
Abbott pitched into the sixth inning with the Panthers ahead 2-1 before being replaced by Roberts. Plymouth State built a 2-0 lead in the third on an RBI single by Kennard and a run by Wood on a passed ball. Salem State cut into the deficit following an RBI double by DeCologero. DeCologero advanced to third, but Roberts relieved Abbott and got out of the inning.
Rachael Cyr (Amesbury, Mass.) started for the Vikings, but was replaced by Burney after two innings. Meghan Black relieved Burney with Salem State trailing 2-1 in the fifth. Black blanked the Panthers over the next two innings, but ran into trouble in the seventh, giving up five runs as Plymouth State pulled away for the 7-1 win. Moylan and Nina Murray (Saugus, Mass.) hit back-to-back singles to lead off the inning. A sacrifice put the runners on second and third and Abrie Davis (Amherst, N.H.) followed with a run-scoring single. With the bases loaded, a passed ball scored another run, and a throwing error brought Wood home for a 5-1 advantage. A bases loaded walk plated another run before Moylan ended the scoring with an RBI single.
Abbott (1-1) picked up the win while Burney (4-4) took the loss for Salem State, giving up two runs on one hit with two strikeouts.
Moylan and Wood had two hits apiece for the Panthers while DeCologero went 1-for-3 for the Vikings with their only RBI.
Salem State will host MCLA in an MASCAC doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 1:00 PM. Plymouth State will travel to UMass Dartmouth this weekend for the Little East Conference opener at 1:00 p.m.
(Courtesy of Salem State Sports Information)
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