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POTSDAM - The SUNY Potsdam softball team suffered a SUNYAC sweep to SUNY Oneonta in its belated home debut while Clarkson Unversity split a pair of non-league decisions on the road to Johnson State on Friday.

SUNY POTSDAM

The SUNY Potsdam softball team held its home opener on Friday afternoon in a doubleheader with conference opponent SUNY Oneonta and dropped games 8-0 and 7-0.

In game one, Red Dragons freshman pitcher Sabrina DeAngelis (9-5) struck out 10 in a one-hit shutout.

Senior third baseman Molly McCuin (Winthrop, N.Y.) had the lone hit for the Bears (2-16 overall, 1-5 SUNYAC).

Oneonta designated player Traci Lichtenstein had a big day at the dish, batting 2-5 with two runs scored and four RBI.

Lichtenstein got the Red Dragons (18-9 overall, 8-3 SUNYAC) off to the fast start by doubling to right-center field to send home Jamie Whittam in the first inning. In the fourth inning, she clubbed a three-run home run by bounced off the top of the fence.

Third baseman Jenn Brocco batted 2-5 with a double, single and three RBI.

Senior Megan Johnson (Heuvelton, N.Y.) struck out three, walked three and allowed seven runs in five innings pitched for Potsdam.

In game two, Potsdam created some more opportunities on offense. Noelle Rufa (Helena, N.Y.) batted 2-3 with a double. Katie Marsman (Wantagh, N.Y.) and McCuin also doubled for the Bears.

Brittany Thivierge (Schuylerville, N.Y.) , Alexis Lerman (Fayetteville, N.Y.) and Brittaney Barr (Ogdensburg, N.Y. ) all had a hit apiece as well.

The top five hitters for Oneonta all drove at least one run with Whittam hitting 2-4 with three runs scored and a RBI, Brocco going 2-4 with a double and a RBI and Lichtenstein collecting a two-run double. Brianna Rivera and Nicole Marzillo each had a RBI as well.

Senior Megan Briner (Corinth, N.Y.) went the distance for Potsdam as did not walk or strike out a batter. She allowed six earned runs on 12 hits.

Rachel Hitt picked up the victory for Oneonta as she went four innings, struck out four and allowed no runs on five hits.

Potsdam will take the field on today against SUNYAC opponent New Paltz for another doubleheader. First pitch is scheduled for noon.

CLARKSON

One day after recording the first win program history the Clarkson oftball team scratched another first off the list and actually did it three times in game two against Johnson State, smacking three home runs in a 7-1 game two victory after falling 6-1 in the opener against the Badgers in Johnson, Vermont.

The Golden Knights moved to 2-20 overall and return home for a doubleheader against St. Lawrence at Scott Field on Saturday afternoon. Johnson State saw its record altered to 6-13 on the season.

In the opener Clarkson squeaked a run across in the first thanks to an RBI-single by Tirzah Smith (Tully, NY) which scored Lou Terwilliger (Putney, VT) who had reached earlier on a walk. Sarah Voorhis doubled a run home in the bottom half of the first to tie the game at 1-1, but the Badgers tacked on four runs in the third inning on another run-scoring hit by Voorhis and a two-run homer to center by pitcher Alex Macey. Clarkson’s offense could not make up the difference after that outburst and finished with six hits in the contest. Freshman Ali Schwenzfeier (East Haddam, CT) went 2-3 with a double and Jamie Bridge (Plymouth, CT) was 1-4 with a double. For the Badgers Voorhis was 2-3 with two runs driven in and Macey pitched to contact, striking out only two but also walking only one and allowing six hits in seven innings.

In game two, the Knights took little time to jump out ahead as Jamie Bridge led the game off with a home run. Two innings later, MacKenzie Pelton (Glens Falls, NY) singled to start the third and Bridge again homererd to make the score 3-0. Schwenzfeier then delivered a two-out single to score Katie Pelton (Auburn, NY) for a 4-0 advantage. Clarkson then broke the game open in the top of the fourth with its third home run of the game as Lou Terwilliger bashed a homer with two runners on and two outs to give Clarkson a 7-0 advantage. Though Anna Bingham would respond with a solo home run in the bottom half of the sixth inning, the Knights would hold on to record their second victory of the season.

Bridge finished 2-4 with three runs scored and three more driven in and Terwilliger was 2-4 with three runs batted in. MacKenzie Pelton also finished 2-3 with two runs scored. Katie Pelton earned her first collegiate victory by allowing only six hits and one run over seven innings, striking out five and walking none in the process.

BASEBALL

RIT 4-1, SLU 0-11: Mark Syron went 2-3, including a home run, and drove in three runs to help the Saints (12-10, 8-6) salvage a split in a Liberty League doubleheader in Canton.

Zane Fish went 3-5 and drove in three runs for SLU in game two and Devin Robson went 2-4 with two RBIs.

Brandon Cohall struck out three in a five-hit shutout for the Tigers (15-8, 10-4) in the opener and Walt Roman went 4-for-4.

SUNY Canton 6-7, SUNY Alfred 4-9: Kyle Sacks produced two hits and drove in two runs as SUNY Canton (13-13) won game one of a nonconference doubleheader against the Pioneers in Alfred. Alfred State (7-21) earned the split with a win in game two.

Austin Hernamdez, Chris Jones, Jesse Barton and Jeremy Baez also supplied two hits in the opener for the Kangaroos. Jordan Hunneyman went 2-4 and drove in three runs in game two while Kevin Hill added two hits.

Austin Baker led the Pioneers in game two, going 2-for-2 and driving in three runs.

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