Miller wins opener, Picard with two hits in nightcap
CLERMONT, Fla. – Senior Caitlyn Miller (Lee, N.H.) improved to 2-0 on the season and sophomore Emily Picard (Berlin, N.H.) had a pair of hits in the day's second game as the Plymouth State University softball team went 1-1 at THE Spring Games on Saturday.
Miller didn't allow an earned run for the second straight start as PSU topped Penn State-Behrend, 3-1, in the first game of the afternoon. Picard had two singles and was the only Panther to reach base multiple times in a 6-1 setback to Millikin in game two.
Plymouth State moves to 2-2 and continues its trip with two more games on Sunday (Mar. 8).
Plymouth State 3, Behrend 1
Plymouth State 1, Millikin 6
Plymouth State (2-2)
How it Happened (Behrend):
- PSU got a run across with a two-out rally in the bottom of the third. Sophomore Katie Burk (East Islip, N.Y.) doubled and classmate Lauren Archambault (Rehoboth Mass.) followed with an RBI single for a 1-0 lead.
- Behrend got an unearned run in the fourth to even the game, but the Panthers came right back in the bottom half. Picard and senior Jen Landers (Berlin, N.H.) ripped back-to-back doubles as PSU regained the lead.
- With two away, Landers swiped third then came home on a pinch hit single from senior Abby Henderson (Rochester, N.H.) for a 3-1 advantage.
- Miller only allowed two base runners the rest of the way.
Inside the Numbers (Behrend):
- Five different players had hits for the Panthers. Landers finished 1-for-3 with an RBI and run scored.
- Miller scattered three hits and allowed just an unearned run while striking out six to improve to 2-0.
How it Happened (Millikin):
- Millikin jumped ahead with a run in the bottom of the first, but the Panthers came back to tie the game in the next half inning. Henderson singled to open the frame, advanced on a groundout, moved to third on freshman Sam McCann's (Berlin, N.H.) single and came home on a sacrifice by sophomore Niah Colby (Lunenburg, Vt.).
- Neither team was able to do much offensively through the middle innings, but the Big Blue broke the tie in the fifth on a run scoring groundout.
- PSU started the next inning with back-to-back hits, but a double play and caught stealing ended the rally.
- Millikin got four big insurance runs in the sixth.
Inside the Numbers (Millikin):
- Picard was the only Panther to get on base twice with a pair of singles.
- McCann (0-2) struck out five over five-plus innings but allowed five hits and five walks while surrendering four runs.
- PSU squares off against Becker and Penn St.-Berks on Sunday (Mar. 8).
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