MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The Morrisville State College softball team has been in several battles lately, mostly weather and field condition oriented, but finally were able to take their own field for the first time on Wednesday, edging out Wells College for the double-header sweep.
The sweep lifts Morrisville State to 2-9 overall, 2-0 in conference play.
In the first of the day's action, both teams remained scoreless until the bottom of the third inning when the Mustangs got the bats rolling, and then Wells in the fifth and sixth innings before Morrisville State edged out the visitors to take home the 11-9 victory.
Beth Marr (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) was perfect from the plate to lead Morrisville State, going 3-for-3 with three runs and three RBI's. Morgan Plummer (Manhattan, N.Y.) also had a perfect performance in her three at bats, posting an RBI, while scoring a run.
Krista Baxter (Downsville, N.Y.) picked up her first win on the mound, throwing seven innings and striking out six.
After a single by Plummer in the bottom of the third inning Morrisville State found their rhythm at the plate and registered five straight hits to spark a five run inning. Liz Miller (East Greenbush, N.Y.) posted a double and Taylor Clark (Cambridge, N.Y.) followed with an RBI single to get the Mustangs on the board. Courtney Purcell (Fabius, N.Y.) added a two run double to her stats on the day, before Marr stepped to the plate and posted an RBI on a single. Tori Schultz (Camden, N.Y.) followed suit with a single that drove home Marr, as Morrisville State jumped out to a 5-0 lead after three.
Wells was able to get on the board in the top of the fifth inning, but Morrisville State added three more runs to their tallies in the bottom of the inning to maintain the lead.
The Express pulled even at 8-8 after the top of the sixth inning, but the Mustangs again posted a three run inning. After back-to-back singles by Purcell and Jillian Mosley (Salem, N.J.), Marr stepped to the plate and slammed a triple, driving in both runs, before scoring herself on a hit by Schultz.
Wells attempted a comeback in the top of the seventh inning, but the Mustangs defense held them to just one run as they collected the 11-9 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) win.
In the nightcap, Morrisville State trailed 12-1 after three innings but posted an eight run fifth inning to post the 14-13 comeback victory over the Express.
Marr was 2-for-3 from the plate with one RBI and two runs scored, while Schultz also posted 2-for-3 performance with two RBI's and one run scored. Miller led Morrisville State with three RBI's, recording two hits in four at bats, to go along with two runs scored.
Erika Kenney (Duanesburg, N.Y.) posted her first win on the mound, registering five strikeouts.
Morrisville State trailed by 12 runs before posting one of their own in the bottom of the third on a double by Miller that drove in Maria Soto (New York, N.Y.) who started the inning off with a triple down the left line.
That run sparked a three inning comeback fury for the Mustangs, as they added five more runs in the bottom of the fourth and eight more in the bottom of the fifth.
In the fifth inning, Morrisville State loaded the bases on two walks and a hit by a pitch, before Schultz singled to drive in Mosley. Plummer stepped to the plate to collect an RBI, as she drove home Marr, before three straight walks with bases loaded resulted in scores for the Mustangs.
Marr stepped to the plate for the second time in the inning and hit a single to register another RBI, as three Mustangs posted runs.
Wells added a final run in the top of the seventh inning to make it a 14-13 game, but Morrisville State was able to hold on for the victory.
The Mustangs return to the field Thursday, hosting Cazenovia in a double-header starting at 3 p.m.
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