Landers posts two-hit game in setback
CLERMONT, Fla. – Sophomore Jen Landers (Berlin, N.H.) had a pair of hits in two at bats, but the Plymouth State University softball team fell to North Park University, 9-3, in the Panthers' second game of their Spring Break trip on Friday afternoon.
North Park opened the scoring in the top of the third. With one out, junior Vikky Young (Belvidere, Ill.) ripped a triple down the right field line. Plymouth State senior Allison Moylan (Methuen, Mass.) got the next batter to hit a comebacker to the circle and Moylan threw Young out at the plate to preserve the scoreless tie, but the next three batters all reached to give the Vikings the lead. Following a walk, sophomore Hayley Jackson (Calgary, Alb.) doubled in one run, then junior Kylee O'Connor (Belvidere, Ill.) singled home another to put NPU up 2-0.
PSU relied on some aggressive baserunning to even the score in the bottom of the inning. Junior Debra Morrill (Concord, N.H.) led off the home half of the third with a single before stealing second base. After an infield pop-up, junior Cassidy Emerson (Concord, N.H.) drove in Morrill with a base hit to left. Emerson swiped second, then moved to third on a single by junior Ashley Deyo (Dover, N.H.). Deyo and Emerson pulled off a double steal and senior Abrie Davis (Amherst, N.H.) followed with a single up the middle to put runners on the corners, but the Panthers ran into some bad luck when junior Mel Goss (Templeton, Mass.) lined into an inning-ending double play.
The Vikings answered with a seven run fourth inning aided by five PSU errors. Young had an RBI single, but the big hit was a three-run double by Jackson that made it an 8-2 game.
PSU got a run back in the bottom half when Morrill drove in junior Lindsey Hall (Midlothian, Va.) with a sacrifice fly to center, but that was all the offense could muster the rest of the way as the North Park bullpen allowed just a pair of baserunners over the final three innings.
Moylan went three innings in the circle for the Panthers, giving up six runs, though just three were earned. Junior Hannah Seidner (Pembroke, N.H.) allowed three unearned runs in 1.2 innings of relief, and classmate Kayla Mathieu (Fairfax, Vt.) closed out the game with 2.1 hitless innings. Landers had a pair of singles and Hall reached base twice with a pair of walks. Five other Panthers had base hits.
Plymouth State (1-1) squares off with Bethany (W.V.) College on Saturday morning (9:00 a.m.), before meeting #7 Amherst College at 11:30 a.m. North Park concludes its Florida trip with a 4-6 mark.
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