COBLESKILL, N.Y. – Visiting Morrisville State College softball battled back from a two run deficit in the nightcap, and used an extra inning, as they swept host SUNY Cobleskill by 10-0 and 8-7 final scores in Monday afternoon's double-header played in Cobleskill.
With the wins, Morrisville State improves to 3-17 overall, 3-9 in North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) play.
In game one of the afternoon, Morrisville State collected a game total 11 hits and plated four in the top of the fourth inning before adding six in the top of the sixth to claim the 10-0 win in six.
Allison McGuire (Gilboa, N.Y.) collected the win on the mound, throwing a complete game and collecting four strikeouts as she pitched the shut out.
Elizabeth Marr (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) kicked off the fourth inning with a walk to reach base, before catcher Nicole Chiappetta (Trumball, Conn.) doubled on a line drive to right field, placing runners at second and third.
Bailey Dillabough (Massena, N.Y.) loaded the bases for the Mustangs after being hit by a pitch, before McGuire stepped to the plate and drove in two on the grounder to right field.
Erika Kenney (Duanesburg, N.Y.) grounded out to first, scoring Dillabough before Liz Miller (East Greenbush, N.Y.) followed with a single to right field, scoring McGuire for the fourth run of the inning for the Mustangs.
Morrisville State maintained the four run lead until the top of the sixth inning, before adding to their total with six additional scores en route to the 10-0 victory.
After placing McGuire and Kenney in scoring position by a sacrifice hit by Miller, Paula Conklin (Sparrowbush, N.Y.) hit a double to left field, scoring two, before scoring herself as she stole home.
Morrisville State made it 8-0 after an error by Cobleskill's left fielder on Chiappetta's fly ball scored Holly Gamlen (Cazenovia, N.Y.).
The Mustangs made it 10-0 two batters later, as freshman Jada-Faye Bennett (Manhattan, N.Y.) rifled the line drive up center to score Chiappetta and Dillabough, who reached on a walk.
Cobleskill made a last effort in the bottom of the inning, but Morrisville State's defense closed out the inning in a run down at second.
Bennett finished 2-for-2 from the plate for the Mustangs, as McGuire also turned in a two hit performance on her four at bats, also posting two RBI's and two runs.
In the nightcap, Morrisville State posted a late comeback and needed an extra inning as they captured the 8-7 win over the Fighting Tigers in eight.
McGuire posted her second straight win on the mound, throwing the final five innings as she allowed just two earned runs while registering three strikeouts.
Kenney appeared for the first three innings, striking out two, while allowing four earned runs.
Cobleskill held a 6-4 lead after four innings before Morrisville State capitalized on an error and posted two scores in the top of the fifth to tie the contest at six. Marr and Chiappetta each reached on a fielder's choice before Dillabough stepped to the plate and hit a single to right field, scoring two on the ensuing Cobleskill error.
Cobleskill regained the lead in the bottom of the sixth on a double to centerfield but Morrisville State responded in the top of the seventh to tie the contest at seven on a Chiappetta grounder that scored Marr.
The Mustangs held Cobleskill scoreless in the bottom of the seventh to force the extra inning, where they took advantage of a sacrifice hit by Bennett to move lead runner, Dillabough, into scoring position. McGuire then stepped to the plate and shot the ball towards second, giving Dillabough enough time to cross home and give the Mustangs the 8-7 lead.
Morrisville State's defense put the game away in the bottom of the inning, recording the double play on the first at bat before McGuire assisted Marr on the put out to end the inning and capture the win.
Dillabough finished 3-for-4 for the Mustangs with a double and two RBI's while teammate Marr went 3-for-4 from the plate, scoring three.
Morrisville State returns to the field tomorrow, hosting SUNY Polytechnic in a double-header slated to begin at 3 p.m. on the Mustangs 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.