Seidner drives in three in opener; Deyo with three hits in nightcap
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Senior Hannah Seidner (Pembroke, N.H.) had a key three-run double in game one and classmate Ashley Deyo (Dover, N.H.) had three hits in game two to lead Plymouth State University to a sweep of regionally-ranked Eastern Connecticut State University in a Little East Conference (LEC) softball double header at D&M Park on Senior Day on Saturday.
The Panthers leapfrog Eastern Connecticut in the conference standings and are still alive for the top seed in next week's LEC Tournament. Should league-leading University of Massachusetts Dartmouth lose its final two games on Sunday (Apr. 28) the Panthers would be regular season champions for a third straight year and host the tournament as the top seed.
In game one, PSU used a five-run second inning to erase an early 1-0 deficit. The Warriors cut the margin to 5-3, but Seidner came through with a pinch hit, three-run double to provide some insurance in the sixth inning. Eastern Connecticut threatened in the seventh, scoring two runs and bringing the tying run to the plate, but the Panthers held on for the win.
In game two, PSU scratched out single runs in the first two innings before the Warriors scored twice in the third to tie the game. ECSU went ahead with a run in the fourth, but Plymouth State answered with four in the bottom of the inning and would keep the Warriors off the scoreboard the rest of the way.
Prior to the game, Plymouth State recognized the eight Panther seniors playing in their final regular season home game; Seidner, Deyo, Kayla Nester (Fairfax, Vt.), Kayla Mathieu (Fairfax, Vt.), Cassidy Emerson (Concord, N.H.), Lindsey Hall (Midlothian, Va.), Debra Morrill (Concord, N.H.) and Mel Goss (Templeton, Mass.).
Plymouth State ends the regular season with a 20-16 record, reaching the 20-win plateau for the third straight year, and an 11-5 mark in LEC play. The 11 conference wins match the program record accomplished in 2014 and 2018.
The Warriors, who entered the game ranked fifth in New England, drop to 25-11 and 10-6 in league play.
The Final Score:
Plymouth State 8, Eastern Connecticut 5 (Game One)
Plymouth State 6, Eastern Connecticut 3 (Game Two)
Plymouth State (20-16, 11-5 LEC)
Eastern Connecticut (25-11, 10-6 LEC)
How it Happened (Game One):
* Eastern jumped out to an early lead with a first inning run. With one down a single and double put runners on second and third and freshman Brooke Matyasovsky (Orange, Conn.) drove in a run with a bunt.
* With one down, a Warriors' error put runners on the corners and junior Nora Butler (Tewksbury, Mass.) singled in a run. Another Eastern Connecticut error allowed a run to score and a ground out made it 5-1. Emerson capped the inning with an RBI single.
* The Warriors came right back with a pair of runs in the third. A hit batter and double put two runners on and Matyasovsky scored them both with a double to left center.
* The score would remain the same until PSU came up with three important insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth on Seidner's bases-loaded, pinch hit double.
* The extra cushion proved important as Eastern rallied in the seventh. A one out single followed by an RBI double from junior Sara Pisanelli (Wallingford, Conn.) made it 8-4. A single and hit batter loaded the bases and another run came in on a fielder's choice, but PSU got the final out on an infield lineout.
Inside the Numbers (Game One):
* Cushing (two doubles) and Butler (two singles) each went 2-for-3, while Seidner had the big three-run double.
* Pisanelli went 3-for-4 with three doubles and an RBI, while Matyasovsky finished 2-for-3 with three RBI for the Warriors.
* Junior Caitlyn Miller (Lee, N.H.) improved to 13-7 after striking out four over seven innings.
* PSU handed sophomore Morgan Bolduk (Vernon, Conn.) her first loss of the year (11-1) after she surrendered eight runs (five earned) over 5.1 innings.
How it Happened (Game Two):
* The Panthers struck first in the nightcap when Seidner walked, stole second and came home on Deyo's double to the left center field gap in the bottom of the first.
* PSU took advantage of another walk in the second to double the lead. With two down, Butler walked and junior Jen Landers (Berlin, N.H.) smoked a double to the fence in left center to make it 2-0.
* Eastern tied the game in the third as sophomore Alexis Tyrrell (Torrington, Conn.) and Pisanelli had run-scoring hits.
* The Warriors went in front with a sacrifice fly in the top of the fourth, but Plymouth responded with four runs in the bottom of the frame. With the bases loaded and one down, Seidner tied the game with a sacrifice fly. Deyo singled to put PSU ahead and Goss blasted a triple to right center to make it 6-3.
* Eastern threatened in the sixth, putting runners on first and second with one away. The next batter blooped a hit into shallow center, but the runners had to hold and Plymouth got a force out at second and the next batter lined out right at the shortstop.
Inside the Numbers (Game Two):
* Deyo led the Panthers' offense with a 3-for-4 effort, including a run scored and two RBI. Butler reached base three times (single, single, walk) and Goss (triple, walk) drove in two.
* Tyrell and junior Sabrina LeMere (North Branford, Conn.) each had two hits for the Warriors.
* Mathieu struck out four and allowed three runs over 5.2 innings to earn the win and improve to 7-6. Miller retired the final four batters to pick up her fourth save.
* Junior Haleigh Cardello (Litchfield, N.H.) took the loss for Eastern Connecticut after allowing four runs over three innings of work to drop to 6-5 on the year.
* Both teams will compete in the LEC Tournament starting on Thursday (May 2). PSU will either be the first or second seed, depending on the outcome of tomorrow's games, while the Warriors will be the tournament's third seed.
|PSU seniors with their families on Senior Day|
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