Goss goes deep in both games; Deyo also homers
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. – Senior Mel Goss (Templeton, N.H.) launched home runs in both games and classmate Ashley Deyo (Dover, N.H.) also went deep as the Plymouth State University softball team split a pair of games against New England opponents at DiamondPlex Field at THE Spring Games on Wednesday. PSU dropped the opener to the University of New England, 6-2, in eight innings, but the Panthers responded with a 7-3 victory over Salve Regina University in the second game of the day to earn the split.
Goss and Deyo both launched solo blasts to left field to give the Panthers a 2-0 lead against UNE, but the Nor'easters scored twice in the fifth to tie the game. Plymouth State had two runners on in both the sixth and seventh, but were unable to break through forcing extra innings. UNE went ahead with a run-scoring single in the top of the eighth, and a three run homer later in the frame put the game away.
Goss homered for a second straight game to give the Panthers a 3-0 lead against Salve Regina. The Seahawks rallied to even things at 3-3 in the bottom of the third, but Plymouth plated three runs in the sixth and tacked on another in the seventh to secure the win.
With the split Plymouth State goes to 3-7, while UNE improves to 3-2 and Salve drops to 2-4.
The Final Score:
Plymouth State 2, UNE 6 (8 innings)
Plymouth State 7, Salve Regina 3
Plymouth State (3-7)
Salve Regina (2-4)
How it Happened (UNE):
* Deyo gave the Panthers an early lead with her solo shot in the bottom of the first.
* UNE quickly threatened in the second after the first two runners reached base. A sacrifice bunt put both in scoring position, but junior Caitlyn Miller (Lee, N.H.) retired the next two batters to hold the lead.
* Goss led off the bottom of the frame with her second blast of the trip to make it 2-0.
* The Nor'easters put runners on second and third with nobody out to start the third, but again Miller worked out of trouble.
* UNE tied the game in the fifth with a pair of two-out hits.
* Senior Debra Morrill (Concord, N.H.) singled to start the sixth and Deyo walked with one out, but UNE got out of the jam.
* With the international tie-breaker rules in play, UNE started the eighth with a runner on second. A stolen base and one-out single gave the Nor'easters a 3-2 lead. Two batters later freshman Taylor Depot (Auburn, Maine) socked a three-run homer to left to make it 6-2 and the Panthers couldn't rally in the bottom of the frame.
Inside the Numbers (UNE):
* Colby's base hit was the first of her career.
* Miller struck out seven over the 7.1 innings, but took the loss to drop to 2-3.
* Senior Sydnee Bessler (Everett, Mass.) went the distance for the Nor'easters to improve to 2-1.
How it Happened (Salve Regina):
* PSU used a two-out rally to grab an early lead when Deyo walked and freshman Madison Harris (Randolph, Mass.) singled ahead of Goss' shot to left.
* Salve quickly got two back in the bottom of the first on a leadoff walk and two run blast to center.
* The Seahawks tied the game in the third.
* PSU loaded the bases with two down in the fifth, but the Salve pitcher snagged a comebacker to retire the side.
* The Panthers pulled in front in the sixth. Sophomore Sam Cushing (Amherst, N.H.) led off with a single and, after a fly out, senior Cassidy Emerson (Concord, N.H.) drove in pinch runner Lauren Archambault (Rehoboth, Mass.) with a booming double.
* Deyo walked and both runners moved up on a wild pitch, then Harris drove them both in with a single up the middle.
* Plymouth State added an insurance run in the seventh when senior Lindsay Hall (Midlothian, Va.) tripled, junior Jen Landers (Berlin, N.H.) walked, and Archambault singled to score Hall.
Inside the Numbers (Salve Regina):
* Harris reached base four times (three singles, walk), while Hall (triple, walk) and Landers (single, walk) reached twice.
* Deyo and senior Hannah Seidner (Pembroke, N.H.) both walked twice.
* Senior Kayla Mathieu (Fairfax, Vt.) had her best outing of the season, striking out four over 6.2 innings to pick up her first win (1-3). Miller came on for the final out to pick up her first save.
* After not hitting the ball out of the park in any of her first 102 games, Goss has homered in three of her last six.
* The Panthers wrap up their spring trip with two more games on Thursday (Mar. 14). PSU squares off against Gettysburg College at 9:45 a.m., then faces Swarthmore College at 4:30 p.m.
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