PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Plymouth State University softball pitchers Kim Jeffs (Stoughton, Mass.) and Rose Eaton (Concord, N.H.) tossed consecutive shutouts Wednesday afternoon to lead the Panthers to a non-conference sweep of Saint Joseph’s College, 8-0 and 2-0, at D&M Park.
Jeffs spun a perfect game in the opener, which was shortened to five innings due to the eight-run rule. She struck out 10 batters for her second no-hitter in less than a week (Jeffs pitched a seven-inning no-hitter last Saturday against Eastern Connecticut in a 1-0 loss). Eaton allowed only two singles in the nightcap while striking out eight.
The PSU bats came alive in the first game, scoring eight runs on 14 hits. Sophomore Jenny Norton (Minot, Maine) led the way, going 3-for-3 with a double and four runs knocked in. Senior Anna Godard (Florence, Mass.) and freshmen Kristi Curry (Nottingham, N.H.) and Shauna Isham (Auburn, N.H./Manchester Memorial) added two hits apiece, and Curry drove in a pair. Senior Michelle Dubois (Auburn, Maine) also contributed an RBI double.
The Panthers had only four hits in the nightcap, but it was enough for Eaton, who evened her record at 3-3. Freshman Ashley Fleming (Farmington, Conn.) doubled in the third inning and scored on a Saint Joseph’s infield error, and sophomore Colleen Courtney (Norwood, Mass.) added two hits, driving in an insurance run for PSU with a sixth-inning single.
Freshman Deb Drown (Gorham, Maine) and junior Leanne Morton (Gorham, Maine) had singles in the second game for the Monks.
PSU, 7-11 overall, gets right back into action Thursday with a doubleheader at New England College (3:30 p.m.). Saint Joseph’s, 6-13 overall, returns home to host Husson Friday at 5:00 p.m.
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