MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – Following numerous postponements due to inclement weather, the Morrisville State College softball team was able to resume the season action Wednesday afternoon as they opened North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) play on their home field in a double-header against rival Cazenovia College.
Cazenovia would collect two wins over the Mustangs, however, posting scores of 5-0 and 13-3 (five innings) as Morrisville State fell to 0-8 to date on the season.
In the first of the day's action, four different Morrisville State batters recorded hits on the day, all going 1-for-3 from the plate. Amanda Labe (Friedensburg, PA) collected a double in the sixth inning, while teammates Bailey Dillabough (Massena, N.Y.) and Erika Kenney (Duanesburg, N.Y.) each posted a single of their own in the bottom of the seventh.
Nicole Chiappetta (Trumball, Conn.) recorded a single in the fourth.
Allison McGuire (Gilboa, N.Y.) recorded the loss on the mound, throwing four innings and allowing three earned runs on eight hits. Kenney threw the final three innings, allowing two earned runs on five hits, while registering a strikeout.
Both teams were scoreless until Cazenovia broke through in the top of the third with two runs after loading the bases. The Wildcats sealed the win with one run apiece in each of the final three innings to capture the 5-0 NEAC victory.
In the nightcap, Cazenovia buried Morrisville State early on, exploding at the plate for eight first inning runs, adding another in the top of the second for the 9-0 early lead.
Morrisville State, however, responded in the bottom of the second with three scores of their own, recording two straight hits to place runners on base, before loading the bases and getting RBI at bats from the top of their lineup. Both RBI's came off the bats of Labe and Paula Conklin (Sparrowbush, N.Y.) who each had singles to left field.
Cazenovia added two runs in the third and another two in the fourth, before Morrisville State attempted a rally in the bottom of the inning. The Mustangs recorded four straight hits from the plate, but were unable to reach home as the Wildcat defense held off their attempt.
Labe finished 2-for-3 from the plate with two singles for the Mustangs, as McGuire added a 2-for-2 performance with two singles of her own. Conklin finished 2-for-3 from the plate with an RBI and two singles.
Kenney recorded the loss, allowing six earned runs off five hits in the first, before being replaced by McGuire for the remainder of the contest. McGuire allowed five earned runs on nine hits, striking out one.
Morrisville State returns to the field Saturday, hosting Penn College for a NEAC double-header beginning at 1 p.m. on their home field.
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.