CLINTON, N.Y. – The Morrisville State College softball team finished on the short end of the double-header with SUNY Poly Wednesday afternoon, as the Wildcats picked up the 8-3 and 10-6 victories at Hamilton College in Clinton.
The losses drop Morrisville State to 5-9 to date on the season, 1-3 in North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) play. SUNY Poly ups their record to 6-8 overall, 2-0 in conference action.
In game one, the Wildcats jumped out to a 6-0 lead after five innings before Morrisville State put together a late rally in attempt to overcome the deficit.
In the top of the sixth inning with two outs, Brianna Martin (Apopka, Fla.) doubled to left field and Beth Marr (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) followed with a single to center, driving home Martin to put the Mustangs on the board and cut the lead to five runs.
SUNY Poly added two more runs in the bottom of the sixth to carry a 8-1 lead into the top of the seventh.
In the seventh, Morrisville State's Bailey Dillabough (Massena, N.Y.) reached first on an error and Erika Kenney (Duanesburg, N.Y.) followed with a single to center field, before Holly Gamlen stepped to the plate to line a double to left field, scoring Dillabough.
Amanda Labe (Friedensburg, Pa.) registered a single to center on the next at bat, driving in Kenney for the run, and after bases were loaded, SUNY Poly had the force out at home to prevent another Mustang run, before ending the inning with a put out on a fly ball.
Marr went 2-for-4 from the plate for the Mustangs in the first of the day's action, while Kenney also was .500 with her 1-for-2 performance.
Allison McGuire (Gilboa, N.Y.) recorded the loss on the mound, throwing 4.2 innings and allowing 12 hits and six earned runs. McGuire also threw three strike outs before Kenney finished the final 1.1 innings, allowing two earned runs on three hits, while registering one strike out.
In the nightcap, Morrisville State held a 5-4 lead after three before SUNY Poly rallied for two runs in each of the final three innings to claim the conference win.
After placing runners on second and third in the second inning, Kenney posted the first of three straight hits for the Mustangs, a single that drove in a waiting Dillabough on third for the run. A single by Gamlen drove in Liz Miller (East Greenbush, N.Y.), and a Labe single to left field drove in two for the 4-0 lead after the top of the second.
Poly responded with their own four run inning in the bottom of the second, before Morrisville State regained the one run lead at the top of the third on a single by Miller to center field that scored Marr who reached on her own single to left field.
In the bottom of the fourth, Poly regained the lead with a two run inning, taking advantage of two Mustang defensive errors.
Morrisville State was able to tie the contest at six in the top of the fifth inning as Miller singled to third to drive in Nicole Chiappetta (Trumball, Conn.) who reached on a double earlier in the inning.
Poly, though, regained the lead with two runs in the bottom of the fifth before sealing the victory adding two more in the sixth.
Miller finished 2-for-2 from the plate for two RBI's and a run to lead the Mustangs, while Kenney and Gamlen each posted a 2-for-3 performance with an RBI and run.
Brittany Keator (Roxbury, N.Y.) threw the loss, allowing one earned run in six hits in four innings pitched, before McGuire finished the final two innings allowing six hits and four earned runs.
Morrisville State returns to the field Saturday, hosting Cazenovia College in a NEAC doubleheader on their home field. First pitch is at 1 p.m.
Morrisville State College's curricula are enriched with applied learning and pave the way for opportunity at both the Morrisville and Norwich campuses. An action-oriented, interactive learning lab, the college is a national leader in technology and has been lauded for its exemplary, innovative and effective community service programs.
The college was ranked among the Best Regional Colleges in the North by U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges 2016 issue and was also recognized in the Top Public Schools, Regional Colleges North in the 2016 Best Colleges rankings. For more information about Morrisville State College, visit www.morrisville.edu.