Goss goes deep in opener; Panthers' rally in nightcap comes up short
KISSIMMEE, Fla. – The Plymouth State University softball team dropped a pair of close games at Fortune Field at THE Spring Games on Sunday, falling 3-1 to Haverford College in the opener before suffering a 4-3 setback to William Paterson University in the nightcap.
Senior Mel Goss (Templeton, Mass.) accounted for the Panthers' lone run in against Haverford, socking a two-out, pinch hit home run in the top of the seventh to spoil the Fords shutout bid.
PSU fell behind 4-0 to William Paterson, but clawed back in the late innings. The Panthers got one back in the sixth and got the tying run on base in the seventh before the Pioneers were able to close out the game.
Plymouth State dips to 2-4, while Haverford goes to 1-0 and William Paterson improves to 3-1.
The Final Score:
Plymouth State 1, Haverford 3
Plymouth State 3, William Paterson 4
Plymouth State (2-4)
William Paterson (3-1)
How it Happened (Haverford):
* Haverford got to work early, striking for two runs in the bottom of the first on a pair of RBI singles.
* Plymouth State had a chance to break through in the fourth. Senior Ashley Deyo (Dover, N.H.) led off with a single, and sophomore Samantha Cushing (Amherst, N.H.) smoked a double to left, but the Panthers hit into some back luck.
* The next two batters put the ball in play but Haverford cut down the lead runner at the plate both times and with two down and two runners on base, freshman Katie Burk (East Islip, N.Y.) hit a liner that was snagged by the Fords' third baseman.
* Haverford tacked on a run in the fifth with a two-out single to make it 3-0.
* Senior Hannah Seidner (Pembroke, N.H.) singled to lead off the sixth, but the next three batters were retired in order.
* Goss spoiled the shutout bid with her two-out home run in the seventh.
Inside the Numbers (Haverford):
* Junior Caitlyn Miller (Lee, N.H.) suffered her first loss of the year. She struck out a season-best eight batters over her six innings, but dropped to 2-1.
* Deyo had two hits, while Seidner, Cushing (double), Goss (homer) and freshman Madison Harris (Randolph, Mass.) all had hits.
* Goss' home run was the first of her career.
* Haverford was playing its season opener.
How it Happened (William Paterson):
* William Paterson took the lead in the top of the second on a one-out RBI triple, but senior Kayla Mathieu (Fairfax, Vt.) retired the next two batters to keep it a one-run game.
* Cushing and Goss singled to open the bottom of the frame, but the Pioneers escaped unscathed as they converted a line out into a double play.
* WP pushed the lead to 4-0 with a three-run third on an RBI single, run-scoring triple and two-out RBI double.
* The first two Pioneers' batters reached in the fourth, but freshman Jillian Aziz (Plaistow, N.H.) come out of the bullpen to induce a double play grounder and infield pop up to deny the WP offense.
* The Panthers had two runners on in the fifth, but couldn't cash in with the clutch hit to get on the scoreboard.
* Cushing singled and Goss reached on an error to start the sixth. After a strikeout, junior Mina Shaw (Mars, Pa.) singled to load the bases and an error allowed the Panthers' first run to score. PSU was denied a big inning, however, as WP got a key double play to escape further trouble.
* Senior Debra Morrill (Concord, N.H.) and Seidner singled to start the seventh and the pair both moved up on a passed ball. Deyo drove in a run with a groundout and, following a line out, Goss poked an RBI single to make it 4-3, but the Pioneers got out of the inning on a groundball to third.
Inside the Numbers (William Paterson):
* Morrill, Cushing and Goss all had two hits for the Panthers, while Seidner and Shaw also had singles.
* Aziz threw four scoreless innings in relief, allowing just three hits.
* The Panthers will enjoy an off-day on Monday before squaring off against Marietta College (9:30 a.m.) and Wheaton College (2:00 p.m.) on Tuesday (Mar. 12).
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