MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – Host Morrisville State College softball dropped a pair of games Friday afternoon as visiting Wells College collected the 6-2 and 6-4 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) victories on the Mustangs home field in Morrisville.
The losses drop the Mustangs to 6-22 overall, 6-14 in conference play.
In the first of the afternoon's action, Jada Faye Bennett (Manhattan, N.Y.) and Paula Conklin (Sparrowbush, N.Y.) combined for seven of Morrisville State's nine hits, but it wasn't enough as the hosts were only able to plate two in the loss.
Wells scored twice in the first and added another run in the top of the third inning to hold the 3-1 lead before Conklin, who was 3-for-4 on the day, recorded a double down the left line before reaching home on a play by Elizabeth Marr (Lindenhurst, N.Y.), to bring the hosts within one.
Morrisville State's first inning score came on a Bennett single down the left line to drive home Liz Miller (East Greenbush, N.Y.) who led off with a walk.
Allison McGuire (Gilboa, N.Y.) threw the loss, allowing 10 hits and six earned runs in 3.1 innings before being relieved by Erika Kenney (Duanesburg, N.Y.) for the remainder of the game, collecting a strikeout and allowed two hits.
In the nightcap, Morrisville State scored twice in the bottom of the first inning to lead Wells 2-1, as Miller and Conklin reached home after collecting a double and single, respectively in the top of the lineup.
That lead was short-lived however, as Wells rallied in the top of the third inning for three runs to claim a 4-2 lead.
Morrisville State got one back in the bottom of the third with Nicole Chiappetta (Trumball, Conn.) poking the single to left field to score Holly Gamlen (Cazenovia, N.Y.) to make it a 4-3 ball game in favor of the Express.
Wells regained the two run lead in the top of the fourth and held the Mustangs scoreless until the bottom of the sixth inning when a late rally loaded the bases and eventually scored Bennett on a Kenney single to short.
The visitors secured the win in the top of the seventh plating a run off a sac fly to center field, before capping off the night with a double-play to earn the double-header sweep.
Kenney recorded two strikeouts in the loss for the Mustangs, throwing a complete game and allowing six earned runs.
Morrisville State returns to their home field for a final time this season tomorrow, hosting Keuka College at 1 p.m. A celebration to honor their senior class will take place between games.
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.