PSU Softball tops Maryville for third straight win

PSU Softball tops Maryville for third straight win

Deyo homers as Miller throws another complete game for Panthers 

            CLERMONT, Fla. – Junior Ashley Deyo (Dover, N.H.) homered and sophomore Caitlyn Miller (Lee, N.H.) threw her fourth complete game in five starts as Plymouth State University topped Maryville College, 7-3, in a non-conference game on Wednesday morning.

            PSU (5-4) has won three straight games while the Scots (15-7) had their eight-game winning streak snapped.

            Miller gave up just three singles through the first five innings as the Panthers built a 5-0 lead. PSU got single runs in top of the fourth and fifth innings. Junior Cassidy Emerson (Concord, N.H.) led off the fourth with a double to left center and came home on a two-out single by junior Lindsey Hall (Midlothian, Va.) in the fourth.

            Plymouth put together another two-out rally to plate a run in the fifth. Senior Mary King (Lancaster, N.H.) singled through the left side with two down and classmate Nina Murray (Saugus, Mass.) drove her in with a double up the middle.

            The Panthers added three runs on three hits and two Maryville errors to up the lead to 5-0 in the sixth with yet another two-out rally. Sophomore Jen Landers (Berlin, N.H.) singled up the middle, then moved to second on an error by the centerfielder. Junior Mel Goss (Templeton, Mass.) reached on an error to advance pinch runner Autumn Beyor (Highgate, Vt.) to third and sophomore Nora Butler (Tewksbury, Mass.) followed with a double to left center to plate Beyor. After a pitching change, Hall singled to left to drive in Goss and Butler for the 5-0 lead.

            The Scots came back with a three-run rally bottom of the frame to get back in the game. The first five batters all reached base to start the inning. Singles by sophomores Christina White (Rockford, Tenn.) and Essence Strambler (Freeport, Texas) and senior Rachel Taylor (Palm Harbor, Fla.) loaded the bases and a hit-by-pitch brought in the first run. Junior Alexus Murray (Buford, Ga.) singled in another run before Miller got a groundball on the infield to get a force out at home. The next two batters were both retired on ground balls with the first driving home the third Maryville run to make it 5-3 heading to the seventh.

            Emerson reached on an error to start the seventh and Deyo made the Scots pay, driving her first home run of the year over the centerfield fence to give PSU some breathing room. Miller worked a one-two-three bottom of the inning to wrap up the win.

            Landers and Hall each had two hits for PSU and four of the Panthers' nine hits went for extra bases as Murray, Emerson and Butler all doubled to go with Deyo's home run. Miller gave up seven hits without a walk while striking out four and allowing the three runs in her seven innings of work to improve to 3-3 on the year.

            The Panthers are back in action this afternoon with a game against Buffalo State.



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