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Morrisville State softball splits with Hamilton

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – After dropping a 5-1 decision in the first of the double header, Morrisville State softball rebounded in the night cap, topping visiting Hamilton College 8-6 Wednesday afternoon in Morrisville.

The Mustangs improve to 4-2 overall, as Hamilton returns with a 5-7 overall record.

Morrisville State tallied just three hits in the contest, two from Nicole Duchene (Oneida, N.Y.) who went 2-for-3 from the plate, and one from Cassandra Smith (Lansing, N.Y.) who recorded a double and an RBI in three at bats.

Jenna D’Ercole (Highland, N.Y.) recorded the loss on the mound, throwing seven innings and allowing nine hits and five earned runs while tallying nine strike outs.

Ashley Perritt led the Continentals from the plate, hitting 3-of-4 including a double and recording an RBI, while Sam Miller went 2-for-3, posting three RBI’s while posting a home run in the top of the first inning.

Hamilton took an early 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning, as Katie Puccio hit a double to drive in one, and Miller followed with a homer for two additional runs.

Miller then singled in the top of the third, driving in another for the four run cushion, before Perritt singled in the top of the seventh inning, adding to the Hamilton lead with an RBI.

Morrisville’s lone run came in the bottom of the seventh inning, as Smith hit a double to drive in Duchene.

In the night cap, Hamilton jumped out to a 6-2 lead before Morrisville State rallied for six runs in the bottom of the third to claim the 8-6 advantage and eventual victory.

Four Mustangs went 2-for-3 from the plate, including Maranda Owens (Brookfield, N.Y.) and Duchene who each posted two RBI’s.

D’Ercole recorded the win on the mound, throwing six innings, allowing 10 hits, five earned runs, and posting four strikeouts.

After a double from Samantha Porter (Newfield, N.Y.) to drive in one, Duchene hit a double in the bottom of the third as two base runners crossed the plate, and Gabby Gallart (Montgovery Village, Md.) added another RBI on a single to give Morrisville State the 8-6 lead.

Morrisville State returns to the field Saturday, traveling to SUNY IT to open North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) action.

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