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Morrisville State softball goes 1-1 on day four

CLERMONT, Fla. – Morrisville State College split a pair of softball games on its fourth day of spring training, falling to Suffolk College 7-2, before rebounding with a 5-4 victory over Philadelphia Biblical University in Clermont, Florida.

Suffolk scored seven runs on eight hits and limited Morrisville State to two runs on nine hits in the Mustangs first game of the day. Nicole Palmer (Fairfax, VA) was 3-for-4 for the Mustangs with a run scored, while Awilya Abdu-Shahid (Sidney, NY) went 2-for-4 with a run scored.

Halee Riley (Homer, NY) pitched seven innings for the Mustangs, allowing six earned runs with five strikeouts.

In the second of the day, Morrisville State’s Cassandra Smith (Lansing, NY) hit a three run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning to push the Mustangs past Philadelphia Biblical University by a 5-4 final.

Palmer, Smith and Jessica Yates (North Rose, NY) each went 1-for-3 from the plate. Heather Bull (Verbank, NY) recorded the win on the mound, allowing four hits and one earned run in 25 at bats while striking out two.

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.