MARCY, N.Y. – The Morrisville State College softball team put together a great outing Saturday afternoon at nearby SUNY Polytechnic, but fell short in the double header as the hosts picked up the two game sweep with final scores of 2-0 and 5-4 in Marcy.
With the losses, the Mustangs fall to 5-18 overall, 2-13 in North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) play.
In the first of the day, Morrisville State's Beth Marr (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) and Heather Weinstein (Long Beach, N.Y.) each went 1-for-3 from the plate, posting a single and double, respectively, in the efforts for the Mustangs.
Allison McGuire (Gilboa, N.Y.) posted the loss, throwing six innings while allowing just three hits and one earned run while registering one strike out in 23 batters faced.
Both teams played to a scoreless outing until the bottom of the fifth inning when SUNY Poly posted two straight hits and scored twice on an error from the outfield.
Weinstein was able to reach base on her double in the top of the seventh, but the Wildcat defense prevented her from crossing home plate as they collected the 2-0 victory.
In the nightcap, Tomara Bodnariuk (Spey, N.Y.) and Paula Conklin (Sparrowbush, N.Y.) each were 2-for-3 from the plate, but the Mustangs fell short in their rally in the top of the seventh as they dropped the 5-4 decision.
Erika Kenney (Duanesburg, N.Y.) registered the loss on the mound, pitching three innings and allowing just one earned run on seven hits, before being relieved by McGuire for the remainder of the outing, who allowed no earned runs on four hits.
SUNY Poly held a 5-2 lead after six innings before the Mustangs rallied in the top of the seventh. Conklin started the rally with a bunt to reach first, and Weinstein followed two batters later in the two out situation, with a single that drove in Conklin before Marr connected for a single RBI that led to a Weinstein score to make it a 5-4 game. The rally was cut short though, as the Mustangs couldn't connect for another score.
Morrisville State returns to the fields Sunday, traveling to SUNY Cobleskill for a double starting at noon.
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