Miller, Mathieu strong as Panthers earn sweep
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Junior Caitlyn Miller (Lee, N.H.) and senior Kayla Mathieu (Fairfax, Vt.) both threw compete games without surrendering a run until the final inning to help guide Plymouth State University to a sweep of Emerson College in non-conference softball action at D&M Park on Wednesday.
Miller allowed nine hits and just a pair of seventh inning runs as the Panthers took game one, 5-2. Mathieu was even better, scattering eight hits and giving up just one run as PSU completed the sweep with a 6-1 win in game two.
Plymouth State improves to 18-16, while Emerson drops to 19-18.
The Final Score:
Plymouth State 5, Emerson 2 (Game One)
Plymouth State 6, Emerson 1 (Game Two)
Plymouth State (18-16)
How it Happened (Game One):
* Emerson threatened in the third inning after a few well-placed hits. The first two batters reached on singles just out of the reach of the Panthers' middle infielders and a bloop to shallow center loaded the bases.
* Miller got out of the jam when junior Jen Landers (Berlin, N.H.) snagged a hard liner to third and stepped on the bag to turn a double play. The next batter grounded to shortstop to end the threat.
* The Panthers took the lead with three runs in the fourth. Senior Cassidy Emerson (Concord, N.H.) and freshman Madison Harris (Randolph, Mass.) worked walks around a sacrifice bunt and sophomore Samantha Cushing (Amherst, N.H.) singled to left to load the bases. Senior Lindsey Hall (Midlothian, Va.) dropped a double on the right field line to score two runs and Landers drove in another run with a groundout.
* PSU added two more in the fifth. Freshman Jordyn Babin (New Ipswich, N.H.) singled up the middle and senior Debra Morrill (Concord, N.H.) knocked a base hit to left. A bunt moved the runners up and senior Mel Goss (Templeton, Mass.) took a walk. After a strikeout, Cushing singled to score one and another run came home on fielder's interference to make it 5-0.
* The Lions spoiled the shutout in the seventh. Freshman Mary Kuczkowski (Litchfield, N.H.) smacked a triple to the left centerfield gap to and classmate Morgan Mitchell (Riverton, Utah) knocked her in with a base hit to left to start the inning. Mitchell moved to third after a pair of groundouts and scampered home on a wild pitch, but a line out ended the game.
Inside the Numbers (Game One):
* Cushing finished 2-for-3 with two RBI and Hall also drove in two runs.
* Hall had the Panthers' lone extra base hit with her fourth inning double.
* Kuczkowski went 3-for-3 with a triple for the Lions, while Mitchell had a pair of hits.
* Miller improved to 12-7 on the year after scattering nine hits and giving up just the two seventh inning runs.
* Freshman Karagan Knowles (Tucson, Ariz.) took the loss after allowing five runs over five innings of work.
How it Happened (Game Two):
* Plymouth State jumped out to an early lead with a run in the bottom of the first. With two outs, senior Ashley Deyo (Dover, N.H.) smashed a line drive single to center and Cushing followed with a double to the right centerfield gap. Deyo rounded third and stopped when the throw came home, but the catcher's throw to third was wild and Deyo came in to score.
* The Panthers added another run in the third. Deyo roped a triple to the gap in left center and came home on Cushing's groundout.
* PSU doubled its lead in the fourth inning. Hall walked and senior Kayla Nester (Fairfax, Vt.) singled to right around a pair of groundouts. Morrill smoked a double to left center to score both runners as the lead grew to 4-0.
* Plymouth tacked on two more runs in the sixth. Nester and Morrill reached on infield hits to put runners on the corners. Nester scored on a throwing error and senior Hannah Seidner (Pembroke, N.H.) knocked a double to center to make it 6-0.
* Again the Lions spoiled a shutout bid in their last at bat. With one out, senior Marisa DeFranco (Falls Church, Va.) and Kuczkowski singled and a hit batter loaded the bases. The next batter flew out to left field to score a run, then Mathieu got the final out on a fly ball to center.
Inside the Numbers (Game Two):
* Mathieu improved to 6-6 with her first complete game of the year. She has allowed just two runs in 12.2 innings pitched over her last two starts.
* Nester finished a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate and scored two runs, while Deyo went 2-for-2 with a pair of runs scored.
* Morrill (single, double) also had a two-hit game. She drove in two runs and scored one.
* DeFranco, Kuczkowski and freshman Mallory Shofi (Ridgefield, Conn.) all had two hits for the Lions.
* Five of the Panthers' ten hits went for extra bases. Morrill, Seidner, Cushing and Nester all had doubles, while Deyo tripled.
* Sophomore Neely Eddleston (West Wareham, Mass.) took the loss for Emerson, surrendering two runs (one earned) over three innings to fall to 12-8. Freshman Katelyn Torlincasi (Bayport, N.Y.) allowed four runs (two earned) over the final three.
* PSU closes out the regular season with a Little East Conference double header on Saturday (Apr. 27). The Panthers host Eastern Connecticut State University on Senior Day starting at 1:00 p.m.
* Today's games marked the end of Emerson's regular season. The Lions open NEWMAC tournament play next week.
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