April 16, 2013

SOFTBALL EARNS DOUBLEHEADER SPLIT AT ASSUMPTION, 5-1, 5-6 (10 INNINGS)

Worcester, Mass. – Junior lefty Sarah Harrison (Canandaigua, N.Y./Cobleskill-Richmondville) struck out 13 batters and senior center fielder Demetra Kermidas (Binghamton, N.Y./Chenango Valley) tripled and homered to lead the Le Moyne College softball team to a 5-1 win over Assumption College on Tuesday afternoon in the first game of a Northeast-10 Conference Southwest Division doubleheader at Marois Field. The Greyhounds rallied twice to win the nightcap, 6-5, in 10 innings.

In the opening game, the Dolphins struck first with a run on two hits in the second inning. Freshman shortstop Kirsten Trotta (Wilmington, Del./Alexis I. Dupont) led off the frame with a double to left field and then took third on a sacrifice bunt. Harrison then grounded out to the second baseman to knock in Trotta.

Le Moyne added three runs on four hits in the sixth inning. After Kermidas tripled to right field to open the inning, senior third baseman Fran Kiernan (Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y./Hendrick Hudson) blasted a two-run home run to left field. Following a single to left center by Trotta and a pair of outs, freshman first baseman Cara Cawley (Endwell, N.Y./Maine-Endwell) doubled to left field to plate Trotta from second.

The Dolphins tacked on a run in the seventh as Kermidas launched her 16th career home run (tied for the eighth-most in the program's history) over the fence in right field.

Assumption, which defeated the Dolphins twice on April 29 to win the 2012 Northeast-10 Conference Championship, avoided being shut out for the seventh time this year by scoring a run on two hits in the bottom of the seventh inning. Center fielder Tanya Robidoux led off the frame with a double to left field and came around to score three batters later on a single to right field by pinch-hitter Liz Morgan.

Harrison earned her 10th win of the year after recording at least 13 strikeouts for the fourth time this season, while yielding one run on five hits. Kermidas, Trotta and Cawley each had two of Le Moyne's seven hits. Rachel Hedge took the loss for the Greyhounds after giving up five runs on seven hits over seven innings, while striking out two batters.

In the nightcap, the Dolphins scored twice on one hit in the top of the first inning. After Kermidas was walked to open the game and advanced to second on a sac bunt by Harrison, Trotta pulled a two-run home run down the left field line.

Trotta gave the Dolphins a 3-0 lead in the fifth inning by drilling her sixth home run of the year to left center. The six home runs are tied for the 12th-most by a Dolphin and are the most by a Dolphin freshman since Jennifer Winters '06 hit nine in 2003.

Assumption evened the score at three apiece with three runs on four hits in the bottom of the sixth inning. Pinch-hitter Kolby Davenport singled to left field to open the inning and was replaced at first base by pinch-runner Mel Freitas. After a pop out and a single to right field by third baseman Jess DiPilato, left fielder Melissa Jalbert doubled to right field to drive in Freitas. Robidoux then lifted a sacrifice fly to center field to plate DiPilato. Second baseman Lauren Medeiros followed with a single to left center to knock in Jalbert with the tying run.

After three scoreless innings, the Dolphins regained the lead with two runs on one hit in the 10th inning. Due to the international tie-breaker junior pinch-runner Erin Batson (Poland, N.Y./Poland) was placed on second base to start the inning and then took second on a sacrifice bunt by junior designated player Vanessa Utley (Monroe, Ga./Home School). Sophomore catcher Kristie Capuano (Smithtown, N.Y./Hauppauge) then singled through the left side to plate Batson. After Cawley reached on a fielder's choice and she and Capuano moved up a base on a passed ball, freshman left fielder Trish Andrews (Camillus, N.Y./West Genesee) grounded out to the second baseman to drive in Capuano.

In the bottom of the 10th, shortstop Paige Licata walked to lead off the frame with catcher Andrea Crowley already on second. After a pop out, Jalbert blasted a walk-off, three-run homer to left field to give the Greyhounds the win.

Harrison suffered the loss after allowing six runs (five earned) on eight hits over nine and one-third innings pitched, while striking out a career-high 15 batters, the most by a Dolphin in over 11 years. Harrison, whose 28 combined strikeouts in the doubleheader are also a career high, recorded double-digit strikeouts in each game of a doubleheader for the second time in 15 days, a feat which had not been done by a Dolphin in over 11 seasons prior to her doing it at American International on April 2. Trotta finished the game 3-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored, while Kiernan added two hits. Hedge earned the win for the Greyhounds after tossing the final four innings of the game, yielding two runs (one earned) on two hits.

Le Moyne (11-16, 9-8 NE-10, 5-8 SW) returns home to face The College of Saint Rose on Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. The first game is the third game of the three-game Northeast-10 Conference series, while the nightcap is a non-conference contest. A win in either will clinch the full softball point in the year-long "Upstate Challenge" between the Dolphins and Golden Knights, which Le Moyne currently leads 6.5-6.0.