Miller tosses complete game one-hitter for Panthers
CLERMONT, Fla. – Sophomore Caitlyn Miller (Lee, N.H.) threw a complete game one-hitter as Plymouth State University blanked Western New England University, 4-0, in non-conference softball action at Legends Way Field on Monday morning.
Miller was dominant in the circle, allowing just a single and a walk while striking out five as she improved to 2-3 on the year. It was her third complete game in four starts.
With the win the Panthers improve to 3-4, while Western New England drops to 1-4.
The Golden Bears worked a leadoff walk to open the game, but Miller retired the next nine batters in a row. Junior Ashley Deyo (Dover, N.H.) tripled with two outs in the home half of the first, but was stranded following a groundout to third.
PSU got on the board with a pair of runs in the second. Sophomore Jen Landers (Berlin, N.H.) walked and sophomore Nora Butler (Tewksbury, Mass.) followed with an RBI triple. After a strikeout, junior Cassidy Emerson (Concord, N.H.) drove in Butler with an RBI groundout.
Western New England got its second baserunner of the game when sophomore Sydney Pounds (Milford, Mass.) singled to start the fourth. Miller quickly retired the next three batters on a strikeout, fielder's choice and infield popup.
The Panthers doubled their lead in the fourth. Senior Abrie Davis (Amherst, N.H.) walked and pinch runner Autumn Beyor (Highgate, Vt.) moved to second on Landers' base hit. Butler advanced the runners with a sacrifice bunt and junior Mel Goss (Templeton, Mass.) plated Beyor with an infield hit. Emerson followed with a sacrifice fly to score Landers.
The four runs were more than enough for Miller as the Golden Bears only put four balls in play in the outfield all day. She retired the final 12 batters in a row following Pounds' fourth inning single and set the side down in order in five of her seven innings.
Deyo, Landers and Butler had the only hits for PSU, but two of them went for triples. Landers was the only Panther to reach twice, also working a walk.
The Panthers are right back in action with a game against Fredonia State at 11:30 a.m.
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