April 10, 2013

SOFTBALL OPENS NEW COMPLEX WITH RAIN-SHORTENED 4-1 WIN OVER AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL

Syracuse, N.Y. – The Le Moyne College softball team used a pair of home runs to defeat American International College, 4-1, on Wednesday afternoon in a rain-shortened Northeast-10 Conference Southwest Division match-up at the Niland Athletic Complex. Due to being a non-conference game, the second game of the scheduled doubleheader will not be made up.

The Dolphins got on the scoreboard first as their second batter of the game, senior center fielder Demetra Kermidas (Binghamton, N.Y./Chenango Valley), blasted her fourth home run of the season over the fence in center field.

Le Moyne added three runs on two hits and an American International error in the bottom of the second inning. Junior pitcher Sarah Harrison (Canandaigua, N.Y./Cobleskill-Richmondville) led off the frame with a single down the left field line. Sophomore right fielder Stephanie Ostrander (Gansevoort, N.Y./Schuylerville) then reached on a fielding error by the second baseman on a sacrifice bunt attempt. After freshman first baseman Cara Cawley (Endwell, N.Y./Maine-Endwell) reached on a fielder's choice in which Harrison was retired at third, sophomore catcher Kristie Capuano (Smithtown, N.Y./Hauppauge) launched a three-run homer to center field.

The Yellow Jackets got on the scoreboard in the top of the fourth inning on one hit and a Le Moyne error. L Letourneau led off with a single to right field and then moved to second on a walk by S Belanger. Letourneau then stole third and raced home on a throwing error by the catcher.

Harrison, the reigning Northeast-10 Conference Pitcher of the Week, earned her fifth straight victory after striking out five batters over five innings in the circle, while yielding one run on four hits. Elizabeth Habib took the loss for the Yellow Jackets after giving up four runs (one earned) over two innings.

Le Moyne (10-11, 8-4 NE-10, 4-4 SW) returns to the diamond on Saturday against the University of New Haven at 2:00 p.m.