MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The Morrisville State College softball team concluded its 2017 home schedule Saturday afternoon, dropping a pair of contests to North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) North Division leader Keuka College by final scores of 14-2 (5 innings) and 9-0.
Keuka jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the opening inning, as their lead runner stole home, and then another crossed the plate on a wild pitch, before a sacrifice fly drove home their lone hit of the inning for the three run advantage.
They added three more in the second and another three in the third, before getting the bats rolling in the top of the fourth for four additional runs and the commanding 13-0 lead.
Morrisville State was able to get one back in the bottom of the fourth as Nicole Chiappetta (Trumball, Conn.) drove a single down the middle to score Holly Gamlen (Cazenovia, N.Y.) who had a single of her own to right field two batters earlier.
The Mustangs would add a final run in the bottom of the fifth, as Erika Kenney (Duanesburg, N.Y.) crossed the plate on the infield single by Paula Conklin (Sparrowbush, N.Y.). Kenney reached on a double to left center, going 1-for-2 from the plate, along with Chiappetta who also had an RBI.
Kenney recorded the loss on the mound for Morrisville State, throwing four innings and striking out three before being relieved by Allison McGuire (Gilboa, N.Y.) for the final frame, allowing just two hits.
In the second of the day's action, the Wolves posted three runs in the top of the first and plated runners every other inning as they captured the 9-0 victory to earn the NEAC sweep.
Morrisville State got a 2-for-3 performance at the plate from Chiappetta, who registered singles up the middle and down the right line. Gamlen recorded the third Mustang hit in the contest, a single to short in the fifth inning.
McGuire pitched a complete game in the loss, allowing seven earned runs and striking out two.
In between games, Morrisville State honored its 2017 senior class: Conklin, Elizabeth Marr (Lindenhurst, N.Y.), Liz Miller (East Greenbush, N.Y.) and Kenney.
Morrisville State will return to the field tomorrow for a double-header against SUNY Poly, a twice rescheduled contest from earlier this season, set to begin at 11 a.m. on the Wildcats 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.