Miller hard luck loser for Panthers
CLERMONT, Fla. – Sophomore Caitlyn Miller (Lee, N.H.) threw five innings of two-run, five-hit softball, but Plymouth State University was shut down by Hope College, 2-0, in a non-conference game at Legends Way on Thursday morning.
Flying Dutch starter, senior Sydney Jones (South Lyon, Mich.), was overpowering in the circle tossing a complete game no-hitter while striking out 13 Panthers.
In what looked to be a pitcher's duel from the onset, Hope was able to scratch out a pair of runs to earn the win and improve to 8-2. The loss ends PSU's four-game winning streak and drops the Panthers to 6-5.
In a sign of things to come, Jones retired the Panthers in order on three strikeouts in the top of the first. Miller gave up a leadoff single in the bottom half of the inning and Hope sacrificed the runner to second, but she worked out of the jam with a strikeout and harmless ground ball to second.
Jones added three more strikeouts in the top of the second, but Miller countered with a one-two-three inning of her own.
Junior Mel Goss (Templeton, Mass.) was the first Panther to reach base after an error by Jones to start the third, but she was unable to advance as two infield popups and a strikeout ended the inning.
PSU went down in order again in the fourth and the Flying Dutch were able to break the scoreless tie in the home half of the inning. Senior Hayley Reitsma (Grand Rapids, Mich.) singled to open the inning and advanced to second after a sacrifice. Classmate Katie Singer (Howell, Mich.) followed with a double to plate Reitsma. A single and double steal put runners on second and third with just one out, but Miller escaped further damage with an infield popup and groundball to short.
Senior Taylor Wood (Londonderry, N.H.) reached on an error by the catcher and stole second and third in the fifth, but PSU was unable to drive her home. Hope scored a second run in the bottom of the inning after a one-out triple and RBI groundout.
Jones retired the Panthers in order in the sixth. Senior Allison Moylan (Methuen, Mass.) relieved Miller and did the same in the bottom half, but Jones quickly set down the Panthers in the top of the seventh to wrap up the impressive showing and improve to 4-1.
Hope junior Shay Pinhey (Ann Arbor, Mich.) was the only player with multiple hits after picking up a single and triple.
Miller was the hard luck loser to fall to 3-4.
Plymouth State (6-4) will face D'Youville College later today.
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