Miller gives up one earned run in pitchers' duel
CLERMONT, Fla. – Sophomore pitcher Caitlyn Miller (Lee, N.H.) went the distance for the second consecutive day, but Plymouth State University was limited to just two baserunners in a 2-0 setback to #7 Amherst College during a non-conference softball game on Saturday afternoon.
Miller was solid in the circle, giving up just five base hits in her six innings of work, but Amherst junior Lorena Ukanwa (Morgan Hill, Calif.) was even better, allowing just one hit and a walk in seven dominant innings. The Panthers drop to 1-3 on the year, while Amherst improves to 9-1.
The Mammoths got on the board quickly in the bottom of the first. Sophomore Andrea Sanders (Bernardsville, N.J.) singled and stole second, then came around to score on a double by junior Sammy Salustri (Pleasanton, Calif.). Miller settled down, getting the first of her four strikeouts on the afternoon, and a couple of outs in the air around a hits batsman to strand a pair of runners.
Senior Abrie Davis (Amherst, N.H.) worked a leadoff walk to start the second, but Ukanwa got a pair of infield popups for two quick outs. Davis moved to second on a passed ball but a strikeout snuffed out the rally.
Junior Debra Morrill (Concord, N.H.) got to first leading off the top of the third. Following a strikeout Morrill stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch, but Ukanwa got a huge strikeout and an infield grounder to strand Morrill at third. Both teams went down in order in the fourth.
Morrill stroked a two-out single in the fifth, but was left at first base. The Mammoths got an insurance run in the bottom of the inning. After a fly out, back-to-back singles put runners on the corners. A stolen base and passed ball made it 2-0 with a runner on third, but Miller escaped further trouble with a strikeout and infield popup.
Ukanwa set down the Panthers in order in the sixth and seventh to run her record to 5-0. Miller was the tough-luck loser, falling to 1-2 on the year.
PSU will look to get back in the win column with a pair of games on Sunday (Mar. 18). The Panthers face Worcester State University at 9:00 a.m. and No. 14 Babson College at 11:30 a.m.
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