Panthers rally in top seventh of nightcap, fall in bottom half
CLERMONT, Fla. – Plymouth State University dropped a pair of one-run games, falling to Wheaton (Mass.) College, 1-0, and Carroll University, 4-3, to close out its week at THE Spring Games on Thursday.
Freshman Sam McCann (Berlin, N.H.) threw her best game of the season going seven innings while allowing just two singles and one unearned run in the opener against Wheaton, but the Panthers' bats were held silent in a narrow setback.
Plymouth State stormed back with three runs in the top of the seventh to erase a 3-0 deficit in game two, but Carroll stole the 4-3 win with a run in the bottom of the frame.
PSU wraps up its Florida trip with a 5-7 record.
Plymouth State 0, Wheaton 1
Plymouth State 3, Carroll 4
Plymouth State (5-7)
How it Happened (Wheaton):
- Sophomore Lauren Archambault (Rehoboth, Mass.) reached on an error in the bottom of the first and was bunted to second, but the next two batters made outs to end PSU's first scoring threat.
- Wheaton put a runner on third with two down in the third, but McCann induced a flyball to left to keep the game scoreless.
- Freshman Kaitlyn Chambers (Claremont, N.H.) ripped a leadoff double in the bottom half but was cut down on the bases on a fielder's choice.
- PSU put another runner on in the fifth when senior Jen Landers (Berlin, N.H.) was hit by a pitch to start the frame. She moved up to second on a sacrifice but was out on a double play to end the frame.
- Wheaton took advantage of two Plymouth State miscues to plate the game's only run in the sixth.
Inside the Numbers (Simmons):
- Senior Abby Henderson (Rochester, N.H.), Archambault and McCann had the Panthers' three hits.
- McCann struck out three and allowed just the one run (unearned) over her seven innings but fell to 1-3.
How it Happened (Carroll):
- The Pioneers built a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the third. With one down a hit batter and single put two runners on. An RBI double and two-run single followed, before Plymouth State was able to get out of the inning.
- PSU had been limited to just three singles through the first six innings and went into its final at bat still trailing by three.
- Landers led off the inning with a double and moved up on a ground out. Sophomore Katie Burk (East Islip, N.Y.) drove her in with an infield single and classmate Niah Colby (Lunenburg, Vt.) added a base hit to put the tying runs on base.
- Henderson singled to load the bases and PSU made it a one-run game on Archambault's fielder's choice. Ball four to sophomore Madison Harris (Randolph, Mass.) got past the catcher allowing Colby to scamper home and tie the game.
- In the bottom of the inning Carroll got the winning run on base with a one out walk. The next batter lined out, but a single and passed ball put runners on second and third. PSU intentionally walked the next hitter to set up a force at any base, but the following batter took ball four to force in the winning run.
Inside the Numbers (Carroll):
- Landers went 2-for-3 with a double and run scored, while Henderson had a pair of singles in four at bats.
- Senior Caitlyn Miller (Lee, N.H.) went 6.2 innings with four strikeouts but fell to 4-3.
- PSU's next scheduled game isn't until April 1 at Emerson.
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