PSU Softball takes two from New England College

PSU Softball takes two from New England College

Panther seniors shine on Senior Day at D&M Park

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Plymouth State University seniors Julia Royer (Pawcatuck, Conn.) and Nicole Abreu (Hudson, N.H.) combined to go 9-for-16 with 10 RBIs on Senior Day Sunday afternoon at D&M Park as the Panthers swept a non-conference softball doubleheader from New England College, 12-6 and 14-6 in five innings.

            Royer went 5-for-9 in the doubleheader with a double, a triple and five RBI, while Abreu had a career performance in the nightcap, going 4-for-4 with two doubles and five RBI. They helped the Panthers win their third and fourth consecutive games on the weekend, improving to 13-21 overall, while NEC falls to 16-18.

PSU seniors Julia Royer and Nicole Abreu  

            PSU recorded 19 hits in winning game one, including four-hit performances by freshman Cassidy Emerson (Concord, N.H.) and junior Katie Kennard (Concord, N.H.). Freshman Lindsey Hall (Midlothian, Va.) had three hits, including a two-run home run, her team-leading fourth of the season, and Royer also had three hits, including a three-run triple to left center in the first inning.  Junior Callia Abbott (Atco, N.J.) also hit a two-run home run, her first of the season, and sophomore Mary King (Lancaster, N.H.) chipped in with two hits.

            Junior Brianna Castellano (Hamilton, N.J.) and senior Rebecca Allen (East Pachogue, N.Y.) collected two hits apiece to lead NEC, and freshman Megan Trafford (Hopewell Jct., N.Y.) and junior Jessamine Phillips (Glocester, R.I.) each drove in a pair.

            Leading 4-1 after two innings, PSU blew the game open with six runs in the third. Abbott and Hall each clouted two-run homers, Kennard added an RBI triple and then scored on a wild pitch.

            NEC scored four runs in the top of the fifth inning with two outs on consecutive two-run singles by Trafford and Phillips, and tacked on one more in the sixth on an RBI single by freshman Joslyn Gallagher (Fitchburg, Mass.), but PSU closed out the scoring in the sixth inning on RBI singles by Emerson and Kennard.

            Abbott pitched sixth innings for the Panthers to record her second win of the season (2-6), striking out eight.

            The Panther offense continued in the nightcap, with eight of PSU's 16 hits going for extra bases. Abreu led the way with four hits, while Hall, Royer, freshman Melissa Goss (Templeton, Mass.) and sophomore Allison Moylan (Methuen, Mass.) added two hits apiece and Royer and Emerson drove in two runs each.

            Castellano continued her hot hitting with three hits for NEC in the nightcap, while Gallagher and senior Colleen Holt (Providence, R.I.) added two hits each. Freshman Christine McNeil (Pawcatuck, Conn.) also smashed a three-run home run, her second of the season.

            PSU erupted for six runs in the first inning to take an early command. Sophomore Nina Murray (Saugus, Mass,) and Hall led off with back-to-back doubles to put the Panthers on the board. Abreu singled home a run, Emerson contributed a two-run single and Moylan followed with an RBI double to cap the rally. The Panthers added two more runs in the second inning on a two-run double by Abreu down the left field line to make it 8-1.

            NEC answered with five runs in the top of the third. Holt, Castellano, freshman Gabriella Marcheschi (St. James, N.Y.) and Allen delivered four straight singles to plate two runs, and two outs later, McNeil cleared the bases with a home run to left.

            Royer and Abreu each produced run-scoring doubles to spark a three-run rally in the home half of the third inning to push the Panther lead to 11-6. PSU closed out the win with three runs in the fifth as Kennard and Abreu singled home runs and sophomore Abrie Davis (Amherst, N.H.) finished it off with an RBI double to right center.

            Moylan went the distance to earn the win for PSU, striking out two in five innings of work.

            PSU returns to Little East Conference action Tuesday with a key doubleheader at D&M Park against the University of Southern Maine (3:30 p.m.) NEC plays a North Atlantic Conference twin bill Wednesday at Lyndon State College (3:30 p.m.).

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