Panthers fall to third nationally-ranked program in Florida
CLERMONT, Fla. – The Plymouth State University softball faced its third nationally-ranked opponent in seven days, falling to #10 University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, 12-0, in five innings in a non-conference game at Legends Way on Friday.
With the setback the Panthers end the eight-day, season-opening trip with a 7-7 record, while Wisconsin-Whitewater improves to 2-2.
Senior Allison Moylan (Methuen, Mass.) got the start for PSU, going three strong innings until running into trouble in the fourth. She worked a one-two-three top of the first, inducing three straight ground balls to second base.
The Warhawks got a run in the top of the second when freshman Kaleigh O'Brien (Crystal Lake, Ill.), who started the inning with a hit by pitch, scored on a two-out double by sophomore Meg Cohrs (Elburn, Ill.).
The Panthers got a leadoff walk from sophomore Jen Landers (Berlin, N.H.) to start the bottom of the inning but UWW sophomore pitcher Bella Matthias (Greenfield, Wis.) struck out the next three batters.
After recording two quick outs in the top of the third, a walk and two steals gave Wisconsin-Whitewater another scoring change but Moylan induced a ground ball to second to end the threat. PSU went down in order in the bottom of the third.
UWW started to pull away in the fourth. O'Brien started the inning with a double. A groundball to short accounted for the first out of the inning, but freshman Kaiden Jackson (Schaumburg, Ill.) came through with an RBI single. Jackson stole second, then scored as Cohrs tripled to end Moylan's day. Junior Hannah Seidner (Pembroke, N.H.) relieved and was greeted with an RBI single from sophomore Mattie Klingenmeyer (Mayville, Wis.). Seidner recovered to strike out the next two batters.
Junior Cassidy Emerson (Concord, N.H.) singled to start the bottom of the fourth, but was erased when classmate Ashley Deyo (Dover, N.H.) grounded into a fielder's choice. Landers followed with a base hit to put to runners on, but Matthias recovered to get two infield popups to retire the side.
Wisconsin-Whitewater erupted for eight runs in the top of the fifth to put the game out of reach. An error, walk and two-run double made it 6-0. Seidner got a fly out and pop up to nearly get out of the inning, but back-to-back RBI doubles made it 8-0 and junior Kayla Mathieu (Fairfax, Vt.) came on in relief. A walk and error brought in another run and after a hit by pitch another Panther miscue scored three more Warhawks.
Senior Mary King (Lancaster, N.H.) worked a two-out walk in the bottom half of the inning, but a groundball to second base ended the game.
Moylan ended up allowing four runs on four hits and a walk in 3.1 innings to take the loss and drop to 3-2 on the year. Seidner was saddled with five runs allowed in her 1.1 innings and Mathieu gave up three, two earned, in a third of an inning.
Matthias worked four innings to earn the win and move to 1-1, striking out seven along the way.
Landers was the only Panther to reach base twice on a single and a walk. Emerson and Deyo had the other PSU hits.
Plymouth State will travel to Salem State for a double header on Wednesday (Mar. 28) with the first game set to start at 4:00 p.m.
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