SOFTBALL SWEEPS SAINT ROSE IN DOUBLEHEADER, 5-0, 6-3
Syracuse, N.Y. – Freshman shortstop Kirsten Trotta (Wilmington, Del./Alexis I. Dupont) had three hits in the first game and senior third baseman Fran Kiernan (Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y./Hendrick Hudson) had three hits in the nightcap as the Le Moyne College softball team swept The College of Saint Rose in a doubleheader on Wednesday afternoon at the Thomas J. Niland Athletic Complex. The Dolphins won the opener, 5-0, to sweep the three-game Northeast-10 Conference series and then posted a 6-3 win in non-conference action in the nightcap.
With the victories, Le Moyne takes a 7-6 lead over Saint Rose in the year-long "Upstate Challenge" between the two institutions, with just the baseball point left to be decided.
In the opener, Le Moyne scored the only run it would need on two hits in the bottom of the second inning. Freshman left fielder Trish Andrews (Camillus, N.Y./West Genesee) singled through the left side with two outs and then came around to score on a double to right center by sophomore right fielder Stephanie Ostrander (Gansevoort, N.Y./Schuylerville).
The Dolphins added two runs on four hits in the bottom of the fourth inning. Ostrander tripled down the right field line with one out and then scored on a double to right center by senior center fielder Demetra Kermidas (Binghamton, N.Y./Chenango Valley). After a single through the left side by designated player/pitcher Vanessa Utley (Monroe, Ga./Home School), Trotta singled up the middle to drive in Kermidas.
Le Moyne finished off its scoring with two runs on three hits in the bottom of the sixth inning. Trotta singled up the middle with two outs and then took second on a throwing error by the catcher on a pickoff attempt. Following a walk by Kiernan and a single down the left field line by sophomore catcher Kristie Capuano (Smithtown, N.Y./Hauppauge) to load the bases and force a Saint Rose pitching change, junior pitcher Sarah Harrison (Canandaigua, N.Y./Cobleskill-Richmondville) singled up the middle to knock in Trotta and freshman pinch-runner Allison Reynolds (Penfield, N.Y./Penfield).
Harrison earned her 11th win of the season after recording six strikeouts, including her 200th of the year, while yielding just two hits. In addition to Trotta's three hits, Capuano, Andrews and Ostrander each had two of Le Moyne's 12 hits. Anna Carey took the loss after giving up five runs on 11 hits over five and two-thirds innings.
Saint Rose got on the scoreboard first in the nightcap with a run on two hits in the second inning. Left fielder Olivia Reeves led off with an infield single and then stole second with one out. After taking third on a groundout, Reeves scored on a double to right field by first baseman Taylor Snyder.
The Dolphins responded with two runs on three hits and a Saint Rose error in the bottom of the second. Capuano singled to center to open the frame, stole second and then advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt. Andrews then singled to the shortstop to plate Capuano. Following back-to-back walks to Ostrander and Kermidas to load the bases and a groundout, Trotta reached on a fielding error by the shortstop, which allowed Ostrander and Kermidas to score.
Le Moyne took advantage of another Saint Rose error to score twice in the third inning. Freshman designated player Meaghan Polge (Syracuse, N.Y./West Genesee) and Andrews drew consecutive walks with one out. After a groundout moved each runner up a base, Kermidas reached on a fielding error by the shortstop, which allowed Polge to score. Utley then singled to right center to drive in Andrews.
The Golden Knights plated two runs on two hits in the top of the fifth inning. Right fielder Val Nelson led off with a single to left field and moved to second on a walk by shortstop Danielle Brusca. After third baseman Rachel Reed was hit by a pitch to load the bases and Reeves reached on a fielder's choice, catcher Zoe Dubois reached on a fielder's choice to drive in Brusca. Pinch-hitter Danielle Dayton then singled to first base to plate Reed.
The Dolphins finished off the game's scoring in the bottom of the sixth with a run on three hits. After Kiernan tripled to center field with two outs, freshman first baseman Cara Cawley (Endwell, N.Y./Maine-Endwell) singled through the right side to knock in Kiernan.
Utley earned the win after scattering 10 hits over seven innings, while striking out one and yielding three runs. At the plate, Utley joined Kiernan in recording three hits, while Capuano added two hits. Ashlee Frazier took the loss for the Golden Knights after giving up five runs (one earned) over two and one-third innings in the circle.
Le Moyne (13-16, 10-8 NE-10, 6-8 SW) returns to the diamond on Saturday for a doubleheader at Southern Connecticut State at 12:00 p.m.