Panthers nipped twice in penultimate day of Florida trip
CLERMONT, Fla. – Plymouth State University came up just short in a pair of softball games, falling 4-1 to Simmons University before being nipped, 2-0, by Catholic University in non-conference games at THE Spring Games on Wednesday.
Freshman Sam McCann (Berlin, N.H.) gave up a first inning run but held Simmons off the scoreboard through the sixth. PSU rallied to tie the game in the bottom of the sixth, but the Sharks rallied in the seventh. The Panthers nearly escaped, but a three-run triple with two outs proved to be the difference.
Catholic struck for single runs in the second and third in the nightcap. PSU had a prime chance in the fourth inning after loading the bases without an out but were unable to come up with the big hit and the Cardinals were able to hold on for the win.
Plymouth State drops to 5-5 and wraps up its trip with games against Wheaton (Mass.) and Carroll (Wis.) tomorrow (Mar. 12).
Plymouth State 1, Simmons 4
Plymouth State 0, Catholic 2
Plymouth State (5-5)
How it Happened (Simmons):
- Simmons scored in the first with a two-out base hit and tried to double the lead in the second but senior Abby Henderson (Rochester, N.H.) made a play to cut the runner down at the plate.
- Plymouth was held off the scoreboard until the bottom of the sixth. Henderson reached and went to second on a throwing error and sophomore Lauren Archambault (Rehoboth, Mass.) singled to move her to third. Sophomore Madison Harris (Randolph, Mass.) followed and lifted a sacrifice fly to center to tie the game.
- McCann got the first out of the seventh, but a walk and back-to-back singles loaded the bases. McCann induced a groundball to third and senior Jen Landers (Berlin, N.H.) was able to get the out at home to preserve the tie. The next batter smacked a triple to the right centerfield gap, though, as the Sharks went ahead 4-1.
- PSU was unable to rally in the bottom of the inning.
Inside the Numbers (Simmons):
- Henderson, Archambault and McCann had the Panthers' three hits.
- McCann struck out three over her seven innings but fell to 1-3.
How it Happened (Catholic):
- Catholic took advantage of a pair of PSU errors to plate an unearned run in the second and an inning later a Cardinals' home run made it 2-0.
- Sophomore Emily Picard (Berlin, N.H.) and junior Sam Cushing (Amherst, N.H.) singled to start the fourth. Landers reached on an error to load the bases, but a line out and two infield popups squashed the rally.
- Senior Caitlyn Miller (Lee, N.H.) kept the Cardinals off the board the rest of the way but the Panthers were unable to complete the comeback.
Inside the Numbers (Catholic):
- Picard went 2-for-2, while Henderson's double was the lone extra base hit.
- Miller gave up seven hits and just one earned run but dropped to 4-2 on the year.
- PSU faces Wheaton (Mass.) and Carroll (Wis.) to close out its Florida trip tomorrow (Mar. 12).
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