Panthers fall to second nationally-ranked team in as many days
CLERMONT, Fla. – Senior Nina Murray (Saugus, Mass.) had two hits but the Plymouth State University softball team fell to #14 Babson College, 11-3, in five innings in a non-conference game at Hancock Park on Sunday.
The Panthers, who faced #7 Amherst College yesterday, fell to 2-4, while Babson improved to 7-3 on the year.
PSU took advantage of a pair of Beavers' miscues to plate three runs in the top of the first. Murray opened the inning with a single down the leftfield line. Junior Hannah Seidner (Pembroke, N.H.) reached when the Babson pitcher made a throwing error on her bunt attempt, and the runners were able to advance. Junior Ashley Deyo (Dover, N.H.) followed with a single to center to score both runners.
Senior Abrie Davis (Amherst, N.H.) singled up the middle to extend the rally. After an infield lineout, senior Taylor Wood (Londonderry, N.H.) worked a walk to load the bases and chase starter Katie Gademsky (Hillsborough, N.J.). Sophomore Brooke Stock (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) relieved and got a key strikeout, but the runners advanced after a throw got away from the Beavers' catcher to score Deyo and make it 3-0. Stock avoided further damage with a strikeout to end the inning.
Babson answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first. After a single and walk by the first two batters, a sacrifice advanced them to second and third. Sophomore Jacqueline Paul (Burlington, N.J.) drove them both home with a single up the middle.
The Beavers scratched together another run in the second to tie the game at three-apiece. Sophomore Kayla Schinik (Watchung, N.J.) reached on a bunt single, then stole second and scored on a two-out base hit from Stock.
Plymouth got two runners on in the third, but Stock worked out of trouble with a foul out and a fly ball to keep the game tied. Babson struck for three runs in the bottom of the inning to take the lead for good. A leadoff single, stolen base and single up the middle made it 4-3. After a fly out to right, another single and passed ball put runners on second and third with one away. Sophomore Caitlyn Miller (Lee, N.H.) nearly worked out of the jam, getting an infield lineout for the second out, but a wild pitch and Panther error scored two more runs to make it 6-3.
PSU had a base runner in both the fourth and fifth innings but were unable to score. Babson put the game away in the bottom half of the fifth. The Beavers loaded the bases with one out and sophomore Victoria Casey (Emerson, N.J.) drove all three runners in with a double to left center to chase Miller. Stock followed with a single and a wild pitch put runners on second and third. After a lineout, senior Samantha Smith (Hillsborough, N.J.) ended the game with a two-run single.
Miller worked 4.1 innings, allowing 10 runs (nine earned) to fall to 1-3. Stock (2-2) earned the win for the Beavers, surrendering just two hits and three walks in 4.2 innings after Gademsky recorded just one out.
Murray (two singles), Wood (two walks) and junior Mel Goss (Templeton, Mass.), a single and a walk, all reached base twice for the Panthers.
Plymouth State is back at it with two more games on Monday. The Panthers will face Western New England University at 9:00 a.m. and Fredonia State at 11:30 a.m. before an off-day on Tuesday.
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