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Fredonia narrowly escapes Morrisville State softball

FREDONIA, N.Y. – Host Fredonia State softball narrowly escaped Morrisville State College Friday afternoon, defeating the Mustangs 4-1 and 3-2 in the double header in Fredonia.

In game one, Fredonia jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning as Brittany Lis scored on a wild pitch thrown by Morrisville State’s Heather Bull (Verbank, NY). Kim DeHimer (Rome, NY) evened the score for the Mustangs in the top of the second inning, scoring the run following her double to left field.

In the bottom of the third inning, Fredonia regained the lead with a home run by pitcher Rebecca Zimmerman and a run scored by Katie Turvey. Fredonia added a final score in the bottom of the sixth inning for the 4-1 victory.

Bull recorded the loss for the Mustangs on the mound, allowing nine hits and four earned runs in 25 at bats, striking out five. Bull went 2-for-3 at the plate, while DeHimer was 1-for-3 with a run scored.

Zimmerman tallied the win, striking out five while allowing one earned run. Courtney Wight went 2-for-2 with a run scored to lead Fredonia.

In the second of the double header, Fredonia broke the scoreless tie in the bottom of the third, scoring an unearned run on a fielding error by Morrisville State for the 1-0 lead.

In the top of the fourth, Morrisville State’s DeHimer hit a double to drive in Awilya Abdu-Shahid (Sidney, NY) for the tying run before Turvey regained the Blue Devil lead with a single to right center, batting in Wight.

In the bottom of the fifth, Fredonia took the 3-1 lead off a single by Andrea Devon to drive in Lis.

Jen Allen (East Islip, NY) singled to right center to hit in Abdu-Shahid, cutting the Fredonia lead to 3-2 in the top of the sixth inning, but Morrisville State was unable to reach base for the remainder of the inning.
DeHimer and Allen each went 1-for-3 from the plate and recorded an RBI to lead Morrisville State while Halee Riley (Homer, NY) recorded the conference loss, throwing for eight hits and one earned run in four innings pitched, striking out five.

Michelle Lattner collected the win for the Blue Devils, throwing for three hits and two runs in five innings, striking out two.

Morrisville State (4-12) returns to the field tomorrow afternoon for a double header at Buffalo State College. Game one is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. in Buffalo.

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.