AURORA, N.Y. – Visiting Morrisville State College softball came from behind in game two and held off a late Wells College rally, earning the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) split Saturday afternoon in Aurora with double header scores of 0-1 and 6-4.
The lone run of the first game of the scheduled double-header came in the bottom of the second inning as Wells advanced their leadoff batter with two sacrifice bunts before an error in fielding found the Express reaching home.
Morrisville State twice made an effort to even the contest, but were stopped short as the Wells defense prevented a score.
The Mustangs posted back to back hits in the top of the fourth as Holly Gamlen (Cazenovia, N.Y.) hit a single to left field before a double by Elizabeth Marr (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) placed both runners in scoring position.
Wells registered a double-play on the ensuing Mustang batter, before putting the inning away with a ground out for the third out of the frame.
Morrisville State again rallied in the top of the sixth inning, but came up empty after posting back-to-back hits. Paula Conklin (Sparrowbush, N.Y.) hit a single up the middle, then collected a stolen base, before a single by Gamlen advanced Conklin to third. Wells forced the Mustangs into a ground out situation before posting the put out on the line drive to short to end the inning.
Gamlen led the Mustang efforts from the plate, going 3-for-3, while four additional teammates went 1-for-3.
Allison McGuire (Gilboa, N.Y.) recorded two strikeouts in the loss, throwing six innings while allowing just four hits.
In game two of the day, Wells led 3-0 after the first inning before Morrisville State had the bats rolling in the top of the second and collected six runs to take the lead, holding on down the stretch for the 6-4 conference win, their first of the season.
Behind in the count two outs, Morrisville State was able to put one on base as Jada Faye Bennett (Manahattan, N.Y.) walked before McGuire advanced on a throwing error by the Wells short stop. Erika Kenney (Duanesburg, N.Y.) hit a single to left to load the bases, and Liz Miller (East Greenbush, N.Y.) followed with a fielder's choice, before Kaitlyn Curvin (Delanson, N.Y.) poked an RBI single to right field.
Gamlen followed in the batting order and posted her second straight hit of the second game, a two run single to center before Marr cleaned up all base runners with an RBI single up the middle.
Wells got one back in the bottom of the third, and attempted to add another in the fifth, but the Mustangs threw the runner out at home to end the inning and played solid defense in the final two innings to put the game away and collect the win.
Gamlen finished 2-for-3 from the plate, while Marr added a 2-for-4 performance.
Kenney recorded the win on the mound, throwing a complete game and allowing seven hits and three earned runs, while recording a strikeout.
Morrisville State returns to the field Monday, traveling to SUNY Cobleskill for a rescheduled contest from the beginning of April.
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