CANTON - Freshman Jamie Bridge (Plymouth, CT) was a tough-luck loser in the first game when she came on in relief, but the righty came back to strike out 14 in the nightcap of a doubleheader for the Clarkson University softball team as the Golden Knights gained a split against SUNY Canton, winning game two 4-2 after falling in the opener 4-3 on a walk-off single.
The Golden Knights moved to 5-21 overall, their fifth victory in the last seven games, while SUNY Canton is now 6-17 overall. Clarkson will head to the southern tier to face Alfred State on Wednesday afternoon.
In the opener, it appeared as if the game was going to head to extras scoreless but SUNY Canton tallied a pair of unearned runs in the bottom of the fifth to get things going. A two run double to left gave the Kangaroos a 2-0 lead, but Clarkson responded with a run in the top half of the sixth when Ali Schwenzfeier (East Haddam, CT) delivered a two-out RBI-single to send Lou Terwilliger (Putney, VT) home after she had led off the inning with walk. Clarkson gained the lead in the top of the seventh when Lindsey Walsh (Lynn, MA) drove in Kelsie St. Louis (Tupper Lake, NY) with back-to-back doubles. After a pair of line outs, Bridge singled home Jenn Latham (Fort Ann, NY), who had come in to pinch run, to give Clarkson a 3-2 lead. However, in the bottom half of the seventh a bloop single just outside of the infield allowed the winning run to come home, sending the Knights to the loss.
Fans would not have to wait as long for offense in the second game as Clarkson scored a pair in the second inning to take the lead. Alycia Short (Norfolk, NY) hit a groundball to the first baseman to send one run in from third and Bridge followed with a single to center to plate the second. A two-out double send a pair of unearned runs home against Bridge in the fifth inning to knot up the score 2-2, but Bridge started a rally in the top of the seventh with a leadoff double to put pressure on the Kangaroos. Terwilliger singled and moved to second on the throw as the Knights had runners on second and third with no outs. Two batters later, Schwenzfeier came through with a single that plated the pair and gave the Knights a 4-2 edge. Bridge then worked a scoreless seventh, striking out the side for the fourth time in five innings to complete the victory.
Bridge had 14 strikeouts in the second game after whiffing five in the first contest in relief, and finished 3-4 at the plate in game two. Terwilliger had two hits in the second game, as did Schwenzfeier, and Lindsey Walsh also produced a two-hit effort in the opener. On the pitching rubber in the first game for the Knights was Tirzah Smith (Tully, NY) and she finished with five strikeouts and allowed just three hits in four and two-thirds innings of work.
SUNY POTSDAM SWEPT
Despite a dazzling pitching performance by senior Megan Briner (Corinth, N.Y.), the Bears right-hander took the hard-luck fate in getting nipped 1-0 at SUNY Cortland in game two of a conference doubleheader on a sunny and warm Monday afternoon.
Briner stayed in control throughout the majority of the game by tossing a complete game and lowering her overall earned run average by more than half a run.
But, the game was decided in the bottom of the third inning when Jamie Bucci reached on an error, stole second base and move to third on a single by Diane Cork. After a 1-3 double play, it presented the opportunity to get out of the inning without any damage.
However, another fielding error on a come backer hit by Alicia Hibbert caused Bucci to score the winning run.
Briner (1-8) worked six innings and allowed just two hits, no earned runs and two walks. She induced 10 fly ball outs and seven ground ball outs.
At the plate, sophomore second baseman Alexis Lerman (Fayetteville, N.Y.) batted 2-3 with a double for her second multi-hit game of the season.
Sophomore first baseman Katie Marsman (Wantagh, N.Y. ) and senior catcher Shannon Pagliaro (Beacon, N.Y.) each collected a hit for the Bears (4-20 overall, 3-9 SUNYAC).
Marsman, who is currently hitting .306 on the season, has at least one hit in 13 of her last 15 games. Pagliaro picked up her first hit of the season.
Sarah Salamone (10-2) earned the victory for the Red Dragons (21-13 overall, 12-4 SUNYUAC) by pitching a shutout while allowing four hits, and a walk. She struck out two.
In game one, the Red Dragons topped the Bears 8-0 in six innings.
Cork batted 2-3 with a double and a pair of RBIs, Hibbert drove in two runs on a double and Erin Wolstenholme and Devynn Wilder each had a RBI and a run scored for Cortland.
The Red Dragons scored six runs on six hits in the bottom of the third inning.
Freshman Jordan Ott (Hilton, N.Y.) hit 2-3 out of her usual leadoff spot, Noelle Rufa (Helena, N.Y.) drew two walks while Marsman and Megan Johnson (Heuvelton, N.Y. ) each picked up a hit.
Amber Corrigan and Alexandrea Flint (6-5) each pitched three scoreless innings for Cortland.
The Bears best opportunity came in the top of the first inning when Ott singled, Rufa walked and Marsman singled. But a fielders choice out a home, strike out and ground out to the pitcher ended its threat.
Potsdam will not receive much rest as the Bears will quickly turn around to play at SUNY Canton today at 3 p.m. for a nonconference doubleheader.
SLU SOFTBALL SWEPT
The St. Lawrence University softball teams offense struggled for 16 innings on Monday afternoon, as Elmira College appeared headed for a doubleheader sweep. However, Cailyn Welsh led off the bottom of the seventh with her first homerun of the season to tie the game at 1-1, and the Saints pushed three runs across in the eighth to earn a split with the Soaring Eagles behind a 4-1 win in eight innings after a 1-0 loss in nine to open the day.
Kyle Plimpton pitched both extra-inning games for St. Lawrence, allowing just two earned runs including one with a runner placed on second. The split moves St. Lawrence to 9-17, while Elmira is now 8-12 on the season.