Miller surrenders just two unearned runs in setback
CLERMONT, Fla. – Sophomore Caitlyn Miller (Lee, N.H.) threw another complete game, her fifth in seven starts, and surrendered just two unearned runs as Plymouth State University was nipped by Bowdoin College, 2-0, in a non-conference softball game at Legends Way on Friday morning.
Miller was locked in another pitcher's duel, this time with sophomore Kate Hoadley (Plaistow, N.H.). The duo combined to strike out ten batters while allowing just 11 hits and zero earned runs in 13 total innings of work.
Plymouth went down in order in the top of the first. Miller gave up a one-out single in the bottom of the inning to senior Lauren O'Shea (West Roxbury, Mass.). O'Shea stole second to move into scoring position. After a strikeout, O'Shea advanced to third on a passed ball, but Miller got out of the jam with another strikeout.
PSU got a pair of hits in the second but a double play prevented the Panthers from scoring. Sophomore Jen Landers (Berlin, N.H.) singled to open the inning, but was erased on a 6-4-3. Sophomore Nora Butler (Tewksbury, Mass.) reached with a two-out base hit but was stranded at first. Miller worked on clean bottom half of the inning without allowing a ball out of the infield.
Senior Nina Murray (Saugus, Mass.) recorded a two-out single in the third but a comebacker ended the inning, while Miller tossed another one-two-three inning.
Hoadley cruised through the fourth and Miller gave up just a one-out single in the bottom half as the game quickly moved to the fifth inning.
Butler started the inning with her second base knock and advanced to second with two outs. Junior Debra Morrill (Concord, N.H.) reached after a catcher's interference to put two runners on, but a groundball to short ended the Panther rally.
Miller sat the Polar Bears down in order in an easy bottom half of the inning.
The Panthers threatened again in the top of the sixth. After a groundout to start the frame, junior Ashley Deyo (Dover, N.H.) and Landers both singled, and the next batter hit a sharp groundball to third. Bowdoin third baseman Natalie Edwards fielded cleanly, stepped on the bag and fired across the diamond to turn an inning-ending double play.
Bowdoin broke through with a pair of unearned runs in the bottom half of the inning. Freshman Maddie Rouhana (Falmouth, Maine) singled and senior Jordan Gowdy (Weatogue, Conn.) reached on an error to put two runners on. Miller got O'Shea to fly out to right but Rouhana tagged and advanced to third. Gowdy stole second to put two runners in scoring position with just one away and the Panthers opted to intentionally walk the next batter. Senior Claire McCarthy (Mercer Island, Wash.) followed with a base hit to score the game's first run, though Emerson was able to cut down Gowdy at the plate. A walk and single scored the Polar Bears' second run before Miller escaped further damage with a grounder to second.
Butler got to second on a two-base error to open the top of the seventh, but Hoadley struck out the next batter and pinch hitter Samantha Cushing (Amherst, N.H.) lined into a double play to end the game.
Miller allowed just five hits, all singles, and a pair of walks against four strikeouts over her six innings. Although both Bowdoin runs were unearned, she fell to 3-5 on the year. Hoadley improved to 4-1 after allowing six hits while striking out six in her seven innings.
Landers and Butler both had two hits for PSU, but the Panthers finished 0-4 with runners in scoring position, including hitting into two double plays.
Plymouth State wraps up its Florida trip with a game against #10 University of Wisconsin-Whitewater later today.
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