KEENE, N.H. – Junior Rose Eaton (Concord, N.H.) tossed a one-hit shutout to lead Plymouth State University to a 1-0 victory over Keene State College in the first game Tuesday afternoon, but Keene State came back with a 2-0 win in the nightcap to earn a split of the Little East Conference softball doubleheader at Owl Athletic Complex.
Eaton, who had five strikeouts and no walks, had her no-hitter spoiled with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning on a single up the middle by freshman Katy Conklin (Selkirk, N.Y.)
PSU scored the game’s only run in the top of the fifth inning when sophomore Colleen Courtney (Norwood, Mass.) singled to left to score pinch runner Ashley Riberdy (Manchester, N.H.). Riberdy pinch ran for freshman Kristi Curry (Nottingham, N.H.), advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by freshman Devin Caswell (Wilton, N.H.) and came home on the RBI single by Courtney.
Senior Meghan McLoughlin (Brattleboro, Vt.) was the hard luck loser for the Owls. She fanned nine and allowed three hits in seven innings.
Freshman Ashlee Nicholson (Swanzey, N.H.) pitched a complete-game five-hitter to lead the Owls in the nightcap. KSC scored both of its runs in the fifth inning. Elizabeth Mroczka (Rocky Hill, Conn.) led off with a single, advanced to second on a wild pitch and moved to third on Kari Gardner’s (Grafton, Mass.) sacrifice. Mroczka came home on a bunt by Kristie Braley (Derry, N.H.). Amanda Foote (Hudson, N.H.) later singled, stole second and came home on an outfield error.
Nicholson fanned three and didn’t give up a walk to improve her record to 5-2. PSU senior Kim Jeffs (Stoughton, Mass.) allowed only four hits and no walks while striking out four, but took the loss.
PSU, 10-14 overall and 2-6 in the LEC, returns to action Saturday with another tough LEC doubleheader at Rhode Island College (1:00 p.m.). RIC is in first place in the LEC with a 7-1 conference mark. Keene State is now 19-5 overall and 4-4 in the LEC.
(Courtesy of Keene State Sports Information)
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