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UMass-Boston, Bethany get wins over Morrisville State

CLERMONT, Fla. – The UMass-Boston softball team squeaked by Morrisville State College softball Saturday afternoon, recording the 5-4 win at the National Training Center in Clermont, Florida.

UMass led 3-0 after two innings before Morrisville State’s Heather Bull (Verbank, NY) hit a double to drive in two followed by Lindsay Evans’ (Goshen, NY) single for the three run inning. Kassandra Bikowitz (Charlton, NY) broke the tie with a run in the fourth to give the Mustangs the 4-3 lead heading into the final stretch.

In the bottom of the seventh, UMass’ Polsonetti hit a double to drive in the game tying run, before Widener recorded the game winning RBI with a double to left field, crossing Polsonetti at home plate for the game winning score.

Bull recorded the loss, allowing 12 hits in 29 at bats while striking out 1 and walking two.

Willis recorded the win for UMass, striking out six while allowing eight hits in 26 at bats.

In the second of the afternoon, Bethany College allowed just one hit as they tallied the 8-0 win in five innings over the Mustangs.

Kim DeHimer (Rome, NY) recorded the lone hit for the Mustangs, a single in the second inning.

Bethany took an early 3-0 lead after two, before recording four additional runs in the third inning to take the 7-0 lead, adding the final run in the fifth.

Terrell recorded the win for Bethany, striking out two while allowing one hit in 14 at bats.

Halee Riley (Homer, NY) pitched five innings for the Mustangs, striking out five in 27 at bats while allowing nine hits.

Morrisville State enters its third year as a provisional member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Division III in 2008. Upon successful completion of the provisional period, Morrisville State will be a candidate for full accreditation as a member of the NCAA.

Morrisville State College offers more than 75 bachelor and associate degrees and options. Considered to be one of the most technologically advanced colleges in the nation for its ThinkPad University program and wireless technology initiative, the college recently became the first in the nation to comprehensively replace landlines in residence halls with individual cellular phones. Morrisville State College was also chosen as one of the top five colleges in the nation for campus activities by Campus Activities magazine.

The Morrisville State College Norwich Campus offers associate degree programs in accounting, business, computer systems technology, office administration, liberal arts transfer, nursing, early childhood, criminal justice and human services to south central New York residents and employers. Students may also apply coursework to other associate or bachelor degrees at the main campus.