TROY Gillian McCarthy doubled with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning to drive in two runs as the Rensselaer softball team defeated St. Lawrence University 4-3 Saturday, eliminating the Saints from the Liberty League Tournament.
SLU (20-13) had stayed alive in the double-elimination event by defeating Union College 5-4 earlier in the day.
Sara Heller went 3-for-3 for RPI (26-13) and McCarthy, Jocilyn Rudisill and Caitlin McGivern each supplied two hits. Lauren Weisbarth and Leslie Stratton both had two hits for the Saints.
Aisha OConnor and Chelsea Cavellier each produced three hits against Union for SLU and Kyle Plipmton struck out eight. Lauren Hoffman, Alyssa Wolejcko, Allyson Staats and Amanda Blake each had two hits for Union (20-18).
JEFFERSON CC 3-4, FULTON-MONTGOMERY CC 2-5
Amanda Moseley clubbed a solo home run in the fourth inning to give the Cannoneers game one as they split with the Raiders in Region 3 play at Johnstown.
Tapulei Vaveo went 2-for-4 with a triple for Jefferson Community College (13-17, 11-15).
Fulton-Montgomery pushed two runs across in the bottom of the sixth to rally in the night cap.
ST. LAWRENCE 11-4, CLARKSON 6-5
Khifer OConnor and Paul Piatelli each went 3-for-5 in the opening game of a Liberty League doubleheader as the Saints (24-12, 17-8) split with Clarkson in Potsdam.
St. Lawrence is a half-game behind RPI (18-8) in the conference standings and could host next weekends conference tournament if it finishes in first place.
Carter Franz had two hits for SLU, which hosts Clarkson in another doubleheader today. Jerry Coleman supplied two hits for Clarkson in the opener.
Peter-Jon Clarke went 3-for-4 for the Golden Knights (18-19, 12-14) in the second game and David Wixted and Dan Padrazo each supplied two hits. Bryan Palermo and OConnor each had two hits in game two for SLU.
SAINTS CLAIM NATIONAL TITLE
Abby Cook finished fifth in open equitation over the fences to clinch the sixth national championship for SLU, and first since the 1980s, at the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association Championship in Raleigh, N.C.
SLU finished with 31 points in the three-day event and Skidmore was second with 24.
TRACK AND FIELD
SLU HAS FIVE CHAMPIONS
The Saints women produced three individual winners and finished in second place in the team standings on the final day of the New York State Collegiate Track Conference Outdoor Championship in Rochester.
SLUs men produced two winners and finished in fourth place. Ithaca won the womens event and RPI won the mens.
SLUs female titlists were Dlvya Biswall in the triple jump, Carly Stine in the 400 hurdles and Heather Cutler in the discus. The mens champions were Jarell Roberts in the 100 and A.J. Blaisdell in the discus. Jamal Samaroo was named the mens Rookie of the Year.