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Morrisville State softball shuts out St. Elizabeth, sweeps double header

Nichilo throws no-hitter in game 2
MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – Host Morrisville State College softball shut out visiting College of St. Elizabeth 16-0 and 13-0 in Saturday’s North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) double-header, to improve to 4-16 overall and 4-2 in conference action.

The loss drops St. Elizabeth to 0-20 overall, 0-8 in NEAC action.

In the first of the day’s double, Morrisville State jumped out to a one run lead after the first as lead-off Aryel Lawson (Staten Island, NY) hit a double and then stole third before being hit home by Jessica Yates (North Rose, NY).

Morrisville State took advantage of four walks and four errors in the second, adding six runs to their lead for the commanding 7-0 advantage after two. The Mustangs added another in the third inning, and then exploded for eight runs in the bottom of the fourth for the 16-0 victory.

Lawson and Cassandra Smith (Lansing, NY) each went 2-for-2 from the plate to lead the Mustangs, each recording a double, and an RBI while Smith added three runs to the Mustangs victory. Yates was 1-for-3 from the plate, hitting a double, crossing home twice while driving in three. Amber Nichilo (Staten Island, NY) was 2-for-4, hitting a triple in the fourth, while tallying two RBI’s and a run.

Jessica Rigg (Homer, NY) threw the three-hit shutout for Morrisville, earning the win on the mound, striking out a season high 11 in 19 batters faced.

Catherine Eber recorded the loss for the Eagles, allowing nine hits and 16 runs (13 earned) in 33 batters faced.

Morrisville State jumped out to an 8-0 lead after two innings in the second of the day’s action, and added three runs in each of the next two innings, to sweep St. Elizabeth with a 13-0 final.

Nichilo threw the no-hitter for the Mustangs on the mound, striking out three in 20 batters faced.

Anne Shupe (Rock Tavern, NY) and Kayla Walker (Oneida, NY) led Morrisville State from the plate, hitting 3-for-3 including a double, while adding a combined five RBI’s and three runs to the Mustangs efforts.

Gabby Gallart (Montgovery Village, MD) was 1-for-2 from the plate for Morrisville, crossing home plate four times.

Alexandria Gooding pitched the loss for St. Elizabeth, allowing 11 hits, 11 walks and 14 runs in 34 batters.

Morrisville State returns to the field Wednesday, traveling to conference rival Cazenovia College for a 3 p.m. double-header start.

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.