MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The Morrisville State College softball team battled Cazenovia College in two complete games Wednesday afternoon, but fell short as the Wildcats swept the Route 20 series with final scores of 10-6, and 12-6 held in Morrisville.
Morrisville State (0-14, 0-6 NEAC) opened game one with a run in the top of the first off a double by Elizabeth Marr (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) that scored Liz Miller (East Greenbush, N.Y.) for the 1-0 early lead.
Cazenovia, though, took the lead in the bottom of the inning off a two-run homer, adding another run for the 3-1 advantage after the first.
The Wildcats registered four straight hits in the bottom of the second and proceeded to score four runs to carry the 7-1 lead into the top of the third.
Holly Gamlen (Cazenovia, N.Y.) reached on a single for the Mustangs before crossing home off the RBI hit by Nicole Chiappetta (Trumball, Conn.) to add a second run to the Morrisville State total, but Cazenovia responded with one of their own in the bottom of the inning to regain the six run advantage.
Morrisville State rallied in the top of the fifth inning with two scores, after Gamlen and Marr each recorded singles, but once again Cazenovia had an answer as they registered two runs of their own to hold the 10-4 lead after five.
Neither team scored in the sixth inning, but the Mustangs put together a final rally in the top of the seventh after recording five hits out of six appearances at the plate.
Miller got the bats rolling for the Mustangs with a leadoff single, before Gamlen and Marr each reached base, Gamlen on a single and Marr on a fielders choice. Chiappetta stepped to the plate and posted her second RBI single to score Gamlen, before a double by Bailey Dillabough (Massena, N.Y.) drove in Marr to cut the lead to four.
That's as close as the Mustangs would get as Cazenovia wrapped up the inning with a fly out on the final batter.
Gamlen finished 4-for-4 from the plate with three runs scored, while Marr went 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBI's. Chiappetta also went 2-for-4 with two RBI's.
Allison McGuire (Gilboa, N.Y.) recorded the loss, throwing all six innings, while collecting a strikeout.
In the nightcap, Morrisville State held a 3-1 lead after two before letting the game get away as Cazenovia collected the 12-6 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) win.
Miller led off with a double that scored off a passed ball early in the first, before adding two more runs in the top of the second off a double from Erika Kenney (Duanesburg, N.Y.) and second hit by Miller for the 3-1 Mustang advantage.
Cazenovia rallied in the bottom of the third to take the lead, 5-3, recording three hits in the top of their lineup that was capped off by a double to drive in two.
They added to their lead in the bottom of the fourth with three more runs, increasing their lead to 8-3.
Morrisville State put together a two run tally in the top of the fifth, as Marr registered her first hit of the game, and later a two run double by McGuire, to bring the Mustangs within two, 8-6, with two innings remaining.
Cazenovia put the game away in the bottom of the sixth loading the bases before their seventh batter in the lineup recorded a double to empty the bases and score three.
Kenney recorded the loss on the mound for Morrisville State, while teammate Miller went 3-for-4 from the plate with an RBI. Kenney also recorded two runs and an RBI in a 1-for-2 plate performance.
The Mustangs return to the fields tomorrow, traveling to Keuka College for a double slating to begin at 3 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.