April 12, 2014

Pitching Guides Panthers Past Corsairs

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Senior Nora Galvin and junior Whitney Roberts combined for zero runs through 14 innings of work to help Plymouth State University sweep the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth softball team, 5-0 and 1-0, in Little East Conference action on Saturday afternoon.   

The Corsairs dipped to 8-14 overall and 4-2 within the conference, while the Panthers jumped to 9-9 and 3-3.

Galvin hurled a complete game shutout, scattering five hits and striking out nine to earn her fourth win of the season in the opening game of the twinbill. Roberts fired a two-hit, complete game shutout to capture her fifth win of the season.

Plymouth State 5 UMass Dartmouth 0

The Panthers opened up the first inning with a pair of runs. Masha Lange crossed the plate on a wild pitch and Sam Hebert, who went 2-for-2 with 3 RBI, drove in Jackie Digman on a sacrifice fly. 

In the fifth, Digman increased the visitor's lead to three when she singled down the leftfield line to drive in Emma Rhodes.  Hebert followed with a double to left center, pushing home the final two runs of the contest.

Plymouth State 1 UMass Dartmouth 0

In the fifth inning, Bekah Jackson broke up sophomore pitcher Shannon Orton's (Swansea, Mass.) no-hitter with an RBI single to centerfield. The lone run proved to be all Roberts needed to seal the win for the visitors.

Sophomore Kayla Kirby (Westport, Mass.) and freshman Ally Santerre (Swansea, Mass.) were the only Corsairs to tally a hit against Roberts.

UMass Dartmouth returns to action on Tuesday, April 15, when the Corsairs host Eastern Connecticut State University (15-9, 5-1 LEC). The first pitch of the Little East doubleheader is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.