April 2, 2013

HARRISON PITCHES SOFTBALL TO SPLIT AT AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL, 0-1, 4-1

Springfield, Mass. – Junior lefty Sarah Harrison (Canandaigua, N.Y./Cobleskill-Richmondville) struck out a career-high 14 batters and freshman Meaghan Polge (Syracuse, N.Y./West Genesee) drove in two runs to lead the Le Moyne College softball team to a 4-1 win in the second game of a Northeast-10 Conference Southwest Division doubleheader at American International College on Tuesday afternoon at Groff Field. The Yellow Jackets won the opening game, 1-0.

In the opening game, catcher Steph Belanger accounted for the game's only run with a solo home run to left center to lead off the bottom of the second inning.

Harrison suffered the loss despite striking out 10 batters and allowing just two hits. Elizabeth Habib picked up the win after tossing seven shutout innings, while recording eight strikeouts and giving up seven hits.

In the nightcap, the Dolphins struck for three runs on two hits and four American International errors in the first inning. After two groundouts to start the frame, Harrison reached on a fielding error by the first baseman. After freshman shortstop Kirsten Trotta (Wilmington, Del./Alexis I. Dupont) reached on a fielding error by the shortstop, senior third baseman Fran Kiernan (Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y./Hendrick Hudson) singled through the left side to load the bases. Polge then singled to right field to drive in Harrison and Trotta, while Kiernan raced around to score on a fielding error and a throwing error by the right fielder.

Le Moyne extended its lead to 4-0 in the fourth inning with a run on two hits and an American International error. After left fielder Stephanie Ostrander (Gansevoort, N.Y./Schuylerville) singled to left field with one out, sophomore catcher Kristie Capuano (Smithtown, N.Y./Hauppauge) singled back to the pitcher, with Ostrander moving to third and then scoring on a throwing error by the second baseman.

American International took advantage of two Le Moyne errors to get on the scoreboard in the bottom of the seventh inning. First baseman Katie Merrill led off the frame with a walk and was replaced at first base by pinch-runner Ainslee Penfield. After a pair of outs, second baseman Lyndsey Letourneau reached on an error by the third baseman, which allowed Penfield to move to third. Penfield then scored as center fielder Ashleigh St. Peter reached on a fielding error by the first baseman.

Harrison earned her fifth victory of the year after striking out a career best-tying 14 batters, while allowing just one hit and the unearned run. With the 10- and 14-strikeout performances, Harrison became the first Dolphin in over 11 seasons to record double-digit strikeouts in each game of a doubleheader. Kiernan finished the game with three of Le Moyne's eight hits. Erin Glikes took the loss after giving up four unearned runs on six hits over three and two-thirds innings pitched.

Le Moyne (5-11, 3-4 NE-10, 3-4 SW), which snapped a four-game losing streak with the game-two victory, returns to action on Saturday for an out-of-division doubleheader at Saint Michael's at 12:00 p.m.