Seidner, Rhodes, Davis lead Panthers to victory in nightcap
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Freshman Hannah Seidner (Pembroke, N.H.) pitched six innings of five-hit, one-run softball Thursday afternoon to lead Plymouth State University to a 2-1 victory over Keene State College in the second game of a Little East Conference softball doubleheader at D&M Park.
Junior Shae Crosby (Salem, Conn.) singled home a run in the top of the seventh inning of the opener to break a 3-3 tie and send Keene State to a 4-3 victory.
The doubleheader split gives Plymouth State an 18-15-1 overall record while Keene State moves to 15-17. Both teams are 6-6 in the Little East with two conference games to play.
The twin bill Thursday marked the home opener for Plymouth State. The previously scheduled home games were all wiped out by the weather.
NCAA Division III College Softball – Little East Conference
at D&M Park, Plymouth, N.H. – Thursday, April 27, 2017
Keene State 4, Plymouth State 3
Plymouth State 2, Keene State 1
Records: Plymouth State 18-15-1, 6-6 LEC; Keene State 15-17, 6-6 LEC
GAME 1 HIGHLIGHTS
* Keene State jumped on the board in the first inning on a double steal involving sophomore Molly St. Germain (Dover, N.H.) and senior Kayla Votto (Durham, Conn.). The Owls extended their lead with two runs in the fourth inning, as Crosby and junior Olivia Indorf (South Portland, Maine) reached base on singles, were advanced a base by a sacrifice bunt, and came home on a single to center by junior Brittany DaMota (Monroe, Conn.)
* PSU rallied to tie the game with three runs in the bottom of the fourth. The Panthers loaded the bases on singles by junior Abrie Davis (Amherst, N.H.), sophomore Mel Goss (Templeton, Mass.) and junior Taylor Wood (Londonderry, N.H.) before senior Emma Rhodes (Rochester, N.H.) knocked in two runs on a double to right center. The third run came home on an infield grounder by freshman Haley Birch (Salem, Conn.)
* The Owls pulled out the win in the seventh inning on consecutive singles by Votto, St. Germain and Crosby.
* St. Germain, who finished with three hits for Keene, earned the win (12-7) with a complete-game effort, allowing three runs on 10 hits, striking out four. Freshman Caitlyn Miller (Lee, N.H.) suffered the loss (8-5) for PSU, giving up three earned runs on nine hits, striking out two.
* Votto and Crosby each had two hits for Keene State. Murray, Goss, Rhodes and Birch all had two hits for PSU.
GAME 2 HIGHLIGHTS
* Seidner was perfect through three innings before giving up a hit, and allowed only five hits and a walk through six innings. She improved her record to 5-2 on the season. Sophomore Kayla Mathieu (Fairfax, Vt.) pitched a scoreless seventh inning to record her first save.
* PSU got the only two runs it would need in the third inning. Senior Katie Kennard (Concord, N.H.) smacked a one-out double to left center and came around to score on Rhodes' single to center. Rhodes went to second on the throw to the plate, and then scored on Davis' single to right field.
* Keene State scored its only run in the sixth inning on singles by freshman JoEllen Racicot (Greenfield, N.H.), Votto and St. Germain.
* Rhodes and senior Rachel Morrissey (Salem, N.H.) had two hits apiece for PSU. Davis had a hit in both games to extend her hitting streak to 13 games.
* Both teams wrap up the regular season this Saturday at 1 p.m. with Little East Conference doubleheaders. PSU hosts Rhode Island College on Senior Day at D&M Park, and Keene State hosts UMass Dartmouth on its Senior Day at the Owl Athletic Complex.
-- 30 --