Panthers defeat Worcester State, but falls to St. Olaf
CLERMONT, Fla. – The Plymouth State University softball team split another doubleheader Monday morning on day four of the spring trip to the National Training Center, earning a split by defeating Worcester State University in the opener, 4-3, and losing to St. Olaf College in the nightcap, 7-4 in eight innings.
Freshman Nora Butler (Tewksbury, Mass.) had an RBI single to cap a two-run, seventh-inning rally as PSU pulled out the win in their final at-bat. Sophomore Kayla Mathieu (Fairfax, Vt.) and freshman Caitlyn Miller (Lee, N.H.) combined for the Panther victory in the circle.
St. Olaf got consecutive RBI singles from Jessica Bentley, Julie Graf and Kate Arneson to pull out the 7-4 victory in extra innings.
Plymouth State finished the day with a 4-4 record on the season, while Worcester State is now 1-2 and St. Olaf is 8-4.
NCAA Division III College Softball
at National Training Center, Clermont, Fla. – Monday, March 20, 2017
Plymouth State 4, Worcester State 3
St. Olaf 7, Plymouth State 4 (8 inn)
Records: Plymouth State 4-4; Worcester State 1-2; St. Olaf 8-4
GAME 1 HIGHLIGHTS
* Junior Nina Murray (Saugus, Mass.) went 2-for-2 in the game with a triple and three runs scored.
* Worcester State scored three runs in the third inning capped by Sydney Despres who waked, stole second and was later driven home by Kayla Humphrey to give the Lancers a 3-1 lead.
*PSU got one back in the fifth inning when Murray tripled and scored on a sac bunt by senior Rachel Morrissey (Salem, N.H.)
* Plymouth State got two crucial runs in the top of the seventh when Murray scored on a wild pitch and then senior Katie Kennard (Concord, NH) came around on Butler's single for the game-winning run.
* Miller went two strong innings giving up only one hit and earning her first career Panther save.
GAME 2 HIGHLIGHTS
* Both teams recorded two runs in the first inning, a two-RBI double by Emily Carr for St. Olaf, and then a fielder's choice RBI for junior Taylor Wood (Londonderry, N.H.) and an RBI single for Mel Goss (Templeton, Mass.)
* The Panthers tied the game in the fourth after sophomore Kayla Nester (Fairfax, Vt.) reached on a fielder's choice and then later scored on a wild pitch.
* Julie Graf picked up her fifth win for St. Olaf pitching the last four innings giving up no hits and collecting seven strikeouts.
* The Panthers have Tuesday off before playing another doubleheader on Wednesday, meeting Wesleyan University at 9:00 a.m. and then Carleton College at 2:00 p.m.
(by Weston Atwood, SID Student Assistant)
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