KEUKA PARK, N.Y. – Host Keuka College used multi-run innings down the stretch in both the first and second game of the double-header Friday, securing North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) wins of 6-1 and 11-6, over visiting Morrisville State College in Keuka.
In game one, Keuka jumped out to a six run lead after four innings before the Mustangs (0-16) were able to reach home in the top of the sixth to put one up on the board. Holly Gamlen (Cazenovia, N.Y.) smashed a double down the left line before Elizabeth Marr (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) stepped to the plate for a double of her own, sending the ball to left field for the RBI.
Gamlen and Marr each finished 1-for-3 from the plate as the Mustangs posted five hits across seven innings.
Allison McGuire (Gilboa, N.Y.) registered the loss, allowing three earned runs, while striking out one in six innings pitched and 30 batters faced.
In the second of the day's action, Morrisville State scored twice in the top of the first inning for the early 2-1 lead after one.
Liz Miller (East Greebush, N.Y.) led off for the Mustangs, reaching on an error by the right fielder, before advancing into scoring position on the sacrifice bunt by Paula Conklin (Sparrowbush, N.Y.).
Gamlen batted in Miller on a double down the left line, before scoring herself on a passed ball after the single to center by Marr.
Keuka took over the lead in the bottom of the third with a three run inning, and added four more in the fourth for the 7-2 advantage, but Morrisville State rallied in the top of the sixth with three of their own to cut the lead down to two.
After Nicole Chiappetta (Trumball, Conn.) walked and Bailey Dillabough (Massena, N.Y.) drove a double to right field, Jada Faye Bennett (Manhattan, N.Y.) blasted a double down the left line to score both runners.
Bennett crossed home herself, on a throwing error by the Keuka catcher, making it a 7-5 game.
Keuka got three runs back in the bottom of the sixth, regaining a six run lead, and Morrisville State put together a final rally in the top of the seventh but the Wolves defense held the Mustangs to just one score to capture the 11-6 NEAC win.
Gamlen, Marr and Dillabough each finished 2-for-4 from the plate, combining for three runs, while Bennett broke out for a 2-for-3 batting effort, recording two RBI's and a run.
Erika Kenney (Duanesburg, N.Y.) threw the loss on the mound, striking out two across six innings.
Morrisville State returns to the field tomorrow, traveling to Wells College for a 10 a.m. start. The game was moved up from its originally scheduled time of noon, due to expected rain in the afternoon.
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.