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.
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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