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PSU Softball splits a pair with Castleton

PSU Softball splits a pair with Castleton

Davis homers, Deyo with walk-off single in game one win

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Senior Abrie Davis (Amherst, N.H.) homered and junior Ashley Deyo (Dover, N.H.) came through with a walk-off single to give Plymouth State University a 3-2 win in game one of a doubleheader with Castleton University at D&M Park on Wednesday afternoon. Castleton rallied to take game two, 9-5.

            With the split the Panthers move to 17-11 on the year, while Castleton goes to 2-12.

            PSU rallied with single runs in the bottom of the sixth and seventh innings to come from behind in the opener. Trailing 2-1 with one out in the sixth, Davis launched her first home run of the year well beyond the fence in left center to tie the game. With two runners on and two out in the seventh, Deyo came through with a base hit just over the top of the glove of the Castleton shortstop as sophomore Nora Butler (Tewksbury, Mass.) came around to score the winning run.

            Castleton jumped out to an 8-1 lead after four innings in the nightcap, taking advantage of a costly error to score four unearned runs in the third. The Panthers clawed back and loaded the bases with one out in the seventh, but were only able to scratch one run across as Castleton earned the split.

GAME ONE

            Castleton struck for two runs in the top of the first. Senior Timi Carone (Castleton, Vt.) led off the inning with a perfectly placed bunt single and sophomore Calli Van Gorden (Stillwater, N.J.) followed with a single to center field. Both runners moved up on a ground ball out and junior Tori Swaine (Oakdale, N.Y.) drove them in with a single to left to take the early 2-0 lead.

            Freshman Bailey Cummings (Schenectady, N.Y.) walked to open the top of the second, but sophomore Caitlyn Miller (Lee, N.H.) struck out the next two batters. The Spartans loaded the bases with a single and hit batsman, but Miller got a ground ball to third base and sophomore Jen Landers (Berlin, N.H.) alertly stepped on the bag to end the inning.

            The Panthers cut the deficit in half in the bottom of the inning. Junior Mel Goss (Templeton, Mass.) ripped a leadoff double down the right field line, moved to third on a groundout and came home on an RBI single from senior Taylor Wood (Londonderry, N.H.).

            Davis doubled to start the bottom of the fourth, but Castleton pitcher Taylor Paquette (Addison, Vt.) retired the next three batters.

            The game remained 2-1 into the sixth inning. Junior Kayla Mathieu (Fairfax, Vt.) came on in relief of Miller and retired the Spartans in order and in the bottom half of the inning Davis drilled a 2-1 pitch over the fence to tie the game.

            Mathieu worked a one-two-three top of the seventh and the Panthers rallied in the bottom of the inning. Sophomore Haley Birch (Salem, Conn.) singled through the right side and Butler ripped a base hit to left. The Spartans got an infield out and strike out, but Deyo drove a 2-0 pitch just over the glove of the leaping Castleton shortstop and Butler beat the throw home as the Panthers walked-off game one.

            Davis finished 2-of-3 with a double and home run. Miller struck out eight in her five innings of work, allowing five hits and two runs. Mathieu (6-0) earned the win with two perfect innings.

            Paquette (1-7) went the distance for the Spartans, striking out four while giving up ten hits. Van Gorden went 2-for-4 in the opener and also scored a run.

GAME TWO

            Castleton jumped on starter Allison Moylan (Methuen, Mass.) to start game two. The Spartans got a single and walk around a strike out to put two on with one out. Swaine doubled in a run and senior McKinlie Carpenter (Vernon, Vt.) followed with a two-run double for a quick 3-0 lead.

            PSU used a two-out rally to get a run back in the bottom of the inning. Deyo and Davis both walked and junior Cassidy Emerson (Concord, N.H.) singled to make it 3-1.

            The Spartans added four unearned runs in the third to pull away. With runners on the corners and two outs Castleton used a double, walk and back-to-back singles to score four times. Junior Kayla Nester (Fairfax, Vt.) ended the inning by gunning down Carone as she attempted to steal second.

            CU added a run in the fourth with three straight base hits. Mathieu relieved and got out of the inning when a bunt attempt was lined to Deyo at third and she quickly doubled off the runner at first.

            The Panther offense finally got rolling in the fifth. Junior Lindsey Hall (Midlothian, Va.) walked, Deyo singled and Davis worked a walk to load the bases with one away. Emerson singled to center to cut the margin to 8-2, but the next batter grounded into a fielder's choice and Deyo was cut down at the plate. Nester came through with a huge two-out double to right to score two runs, but a perfect relay throw nailed the trail runner at home to end the inning with PSU trailing 8-4.

            Castleton got an insurance run in the top of the seventh to push the lead to 9-4, but the Panthers rallied in the bottom half. Hall singled through the shortstop hole to start the inning and with one away Davis and Emerson added base hits to the same spot. PSU got one run home with an RBI groundout on a ball that nearly got through the right side and the next batter hit the ball hard, but right at the third baseman, to end the game.

            Hall, Deyo, Davis and Emerson, the two through four hitters in the Panthers' lineup, combined to go 7-of-11 with five walks, five runs scored and two RBI. Davis walked three times, Emerson had three hits and Deyo added two hits and a walk. Moylan (3-5) took the loss after giving up eight runs, four earned, over 3.1 innings. Mathieu had not allowed an earned run over 15.1 consecutive innings until the top of the seventh.

            Freshman Rachael McCormick (Starksboro, Vt.) earned her first career win for the Spartans to improve to 1-4 on the year after surrendering one run over the first four innings. Paquette went the final three, giving up four runs on six hits and two walks. Carone reached base in all five of her plate appearances (four singles, one walk) and sophomore Sara Baker (Schuylerville, N.Y.), Swaine and Carpenter each had two-hit games.

            The Panthers are at home again on Saturday (Apr. 21) with a key Little East Conference doubleheader against Eastern Connecticut State University. The two teams sit atop the LEC standings. Game one is set for 1:00 p.m.

 

 

 

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