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Swarthmore sweeps Morrisville State softball in opening double-header

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – Host Swarthmore College swept Morrisville State College in the Mustangs opening double-header on Saturday, shutting out the Mustangs in game one 13-0 in five innings, while edging Morrisville 12-10 in the second of the day’s action.

In game one, Swarthmore opened the contest with a 9-0 lead after two innings and the Mustangs were unable to recover with Garnet pitcher, Kathryn Riley, throwing the no-hitter for Swarthmore, striking out 10 in 18 batters faced as the Mustangs struggled from the plate.

Amber Nichilo (Staten Island, NY) earned the loss on the mound, allowing eight hits and 13 runs (10 earned) while striking out two.

In second of the day’s action, Swarthmore jumped out to a 12-0 lead after three, but the Mustangs battled back, scoring seven runs over the next two innings, adding three in the top of the seventh in the 12-10 loss.

Lead-off Nicole Geier (Mayfield, NY) went 3-for-3 from the plate for the Mustangs, scoring one run and hitting home another, while teammate’s Kayla Walker (Oneida, NY) and Anne Shupe (Rock Tavern, NY) each went 2-for-4, with two RBI’s each. Shupe scored twice for Morrisville, hitting two doubles.

Sanchez earned the win for Swarthmore, throwing four innings and allowing seven hits and dive runs, while Riley picked up the save, throwing the final two outs in the seventh to secure the win.

Jessica Rigg (Homer, NY) tallied the loss, allowing 15 hits and 12 runs in six innings pitched, while recording five strikeouts.

Morrisville State returns to the field Saturday, March 20 in Clermont, Florida at the National Training Center for 11-games during the spring break week.

Morrisville State College offers more than 80 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.