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Morrisville State softball split day's action, pick up first win of season

CLERMONT, Fla. – Morrisville State College (1-5) softball split the day’s action, picking up their first win of the season Monday afternoon, topping Franciscan University – Stuebenville 13-3, before falling to Medaille College in the second game of the day 6-4 in Clermont, Florida.

Morrisville State recorded 18 hits in 30 at bats against Franciscan, jumping out to a 5-0 lead after three innings. Nicole Palmer (Fairfax, VA) and Awilya Abdu-Shahid (Sidney, NY) were perfect from the plate, hitting 4-for-4 and 3-for-3 respectively, while combining for seven runs.

Jennifer Allen (East Islip, NY) was 3-for-4 with two RBI’s and three runs scored.

Halee Riley (Homer, NY) threw for six innings, allowing three hits and three runs scored with six strikeouts.

In the second of the day, Morrisville State led 4-2 heading into the final inning before Medaille rallied for the comeback adding four runs in the final inning for the 6-4 non-conference win.

Medaille tallied seven total hits for the game, three in the final inning.

Heather Bull (Verbank, NY) took the loss for Morrisville State, throwing seven innings while allowing six runs on seven hits, striking out eight. Allen was 2-for-3 from the plate, with an RBI to lead the Mustangs. Palmer went 1-for-3 for two runs scored.

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.