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Morrisville State softball splits with Wells

AURORA, NY – The Morrisville State College softball team split double header action Saturday afternoon, falling 2-1 to Wells College in game one and rebounding with an 8-6 victory in the second of the day’s conference action in Aurora, NY.

The split positioned Morrisville State at 5-19 overall, 5-5 in North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) action, while Wells improves to 6-6 overall, 5-3 in conference play.

In game one, Wells took the 2-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth and Morrisville State added one in the top of the sixth, but couldn’t get any closer as Alyson Mann (Walden, NY) threw the win, allowing just three hits and one Mustang run.

Amanda Austin (Ely, NV) led Morrisville State from the plate, hitting 1-of-2 and scoring the lone run.

Amber Nichilo (Staten Island, NY) threw the final three innings for Morrisville, recording the loss on the mound, allowing four hits and two runs while striking out five. Jessica Rigg (Homer, NY) opened the game for the Mustangs, pitching the first three innings and allowing just one hit, while tallying three strikeouts.

In the nightcap, Morrisville State had the bats rolling as they crossed the plate for seven runs in the top of the fifth inning en route to the 8-6 victory.

Monique Smith (Bronx, NY) went 4-for-4 from the plate to lead the Mustangs, crossing the plate once and driving in two, while teammate Cassandra Smith (Lansing, NY) was 1-for-3 with two RBI’s and a run.

Nichilo earned the win for the Mustangs, throwing five innings and allowing four hits and two runs, while tallying four strikeouts. Rigg threw the final two innings of the afternoon, striking out four while allowing four hits, and four runs.

Lorelei Meier (Caledonia, NY) recorded the loss for Wells, throwing all seven innings and allowing 13 Morrisville State hits, while striking out three.

Morrisville State returns to the field Sunday, traveling to conference opponent Keuka College for the 1 p.m. double-header.

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.