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Elmira sweeps Morrisville State softball

ELMIRA, N.Y. – The Morrisville State College women’s softball team fell to 5-31 overall as host Elmira College swept the double header, claiming the 14-1 and 11-1 non-conference victories Thursday afternoon in Elmira.

In game one, Morrisville State jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first as Jennifer Allen (East Islip, NY) hit a single to drive in Jessica Yates (North Rose, NY) for the score.

In the bottom of the second, Elmira’s Kerri Lavender homered, fueling the Soaring Eagles six run inning, before increasing their lead by adding an additional run in the bottom of the third and seven runs off of four hits and two errors in the bottom of the fourth inning to take the 14-1 win.

Heather Bull (Verbank, NY) recorded the loss throwing four innings, allowing 13 hits and 12 earned runs in 24 at bats, striking out one. Allen went 1-for-2 from the plate in game one.

In the nightcap, Elmira held a 4-1 lead after four, before crossing the plate three times in the bottom of the fifth and four times in the bottom of the sixth inning to claim the 11-1 victory.

Morrisville State’s lone run came in the top of the first inning, as Yates crossed the plate for the second time in the afternoon off a double by Allen, who was 1-for-3 from the plate.

Lindsay Evans (Goshen, NY) had the loss on the mound, throwing 5.1 innings while allowing 10 earned runs on 12 hits. Evans struck out one.

Morrisville State (5-31, 1-19 SUNYAC) returns to the field Monday at the Rochester Institute of Technology at 3 p.m. in Rochester. The Mustangs conclude their season Tuesday at Cazenovia.

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.