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PSU Softball earns split with Univ. of New England

PSU Softball earns split with Univ. of New England

Davis, Kennard drill 2-run pinch-hits to key game-winning rally

            BIDDEFORD, Maine – Plymouth State University rallied for four runs in the top of the seventh inning, keyed by pinch-hit two-run hits by sophomore Abrie Davis (Amherst, N.H.) and junior Katie Kennard (Concord, N.H.), to pull out a 5-3 victory over the University of New England Wednesday afternoon and earn a split of a non-conference softball doubleheader at Claude Dubois Field. The host Nor'easters took the opener, 5-0.

            It marks a 10th straight season of 20 victories for the Nor'easters (20-10), while the Panthers move to 9-19 on the year.

            Trailing 3-1 entering the seventh and facing a sweep on the day, PSU senior Julia Royer (Pawcatuck, Conn.) reached on a one-out single and a double by freshman Melissa Goss (Templeton, Mass.) put the tying runs in scoring position. Davis then delivered a pinch-hit two-run single to tie the game. After a pop-up for the second out, freshman Lindsey Hall (Midlothian, Va.) singled and Kennard cracked a pinch-hit two-run double to right center field to score both runners and give PSU a 5-3 lead.

            UNE put two runners on in the bottom of the seventh, but sophomore Allison Moylan (Methuen, Mass.) closed out the inning for a complete-game victory, her first win of the season (1-3). She went the distance, allowing three runs on eight hits, striking out one.

            PSU managed just four hits in the opener off UNE pitchers Katelyn Austin and Sophia Burnham, two singles apiece by freshman Autumn Beyor (Highgate, Vt.) and sophomore Taylor Wood (Londonderry, N.H.).

            The Nor'easters tacked one on the board in the bottom of the 1st, as Avery Alberghini drilled a lead-off triple to the wall in right and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Amanda Vallante. Andrea Gosper doubled the margin in the 2nd, taking a lead-off single and turning it into a run.

            The 2-0 difference held until the 6th, when Abby Lambert came through with a one-out double down the line in left, scoring a pair. Lambert ended up at third as the play ended with an error, and scored as Lauren Jones guided a single through the right side to close out the scoring.

            PSU returns home to host Castleton on Thursday for a doubleheader at 3:30 p.m., it's third in three days. UNE heads to Bates College for some non-league action Thursday at 3:30 p.m.

 (Contributions from Univ. of New England Sports Information)

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