Panthers down Colby before setback to Bowdoin
CLERMONT, Fla. – The Plymouth State University softball team took on a pair of New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) teams Sunday afternoon on day three of the spring trip to the National Training Center, earning a split by defeating Colby College in the opener, 5-2, and losing to Bowdoin College in the nightcap, 9-1 in five innings.
Juniors Nina Murray (Saugus, Mass.) and Abrie Davis (Amherst, N.H.) had two hits apiece to lead the offense in the win over Colby. Freshman pitcher Caitlyn Miller (Lee, N.H.) went six innings, allowing just one run on four hits and four walks, striking out six.
PSU managed just three hits off Bowdoin sophomore Samantha Roy, who struck out nine Panthers in five innings. The Polar Bears, meanwhile, collected 14 hits off PSU pitching to put the game away after five innings.
Plymouth State finished the day with a 3-3 record on the season, while Bowdoin is now 4-4 and Colby is 1-1.
NCAA Division III College Softball
at National Training Center, Clermont, Fla. – Sunday, March 19, 2017
Plymouth State 5, Colby 2
Bowdoin 9, Plymouth State 1
Records: Plymouth State 3-3; Colby 1-1; Bowdoin 4-4
GAME 1 HIGHLIGHTS
* Colby took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning. Katie McLaughlin and Robin Spofford both singled to start the inning and Skylar Labbe walked to load the bases. Ella Hommeyer walked to bring in McLaughlin.
* The Panthers took the lead with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth on a two-run double by senior Emma Rhodes (Rochester, N.H.).
* PSU tacked on three more runs in the fifth inning. Murray reached base on an error and came around to score on another Colby miscue. Davis and sophomore Mel Goss (Templeton, Mass.) added RBI doubles to extend the margin to 5-1.
* A single, walk and hit by pitch loaded the bases for Colby in the seventh inning, but sophomore reliever Hannah Seidner (Pembroke, N.H.) got out of the jam with just one run scoring and PSU held on for the win.
GAME 2 HIGHLIGHTS
* The teams traded unearned runs in the third and fourth innings. Bowdoin took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third on an RBI single by Caroline Rice, and the Panthers answered in the top of the fourth inning with a run on an outfield error, a sacrifice bunt, and an infield error.
* The game was decided in the bottom of the fourth when the Polar Bears put up eight runs. Marisa O'Toole started the rally with an RBI double. Ali Miller and Allison Rutz added two-run doubles, Claire McCarthy chipped in with an RBI double, and Samantha Valdivia capped the big inning with an EBI single.
* The Panthers play a doubleheader on Monday for the fourth straight day, meeting Worcester State University at 9:00 a.m. and St. Olaf College at 11:30 a.m.
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