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Morrisville State softball splits with Wilson, uses extra inning in game 2 to edge Phoenix

MORRISVILLE, NY – The Morrisville State College softball team split double-header action Saturday afternoon, falling 12-8 in game one before edging visiting Wilson College the 7-6 loss in extra innings in cold, wet weather conditions.

Morrisville State improves to 7-23 overall, 6-8 in North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) action, while Wilson is 11-9 overall, 9-5 in conference play.

In the first of the day’s action, Wilson jumped out to a 5-3 lead after the first inning and added seven additional runs over the final five innings to top the Mustangs 12-8. Leigh Roche (Hanover, PA) led the Phoenix from the plate hitting 4-for-5, including a two-run home run in the fourth inning, while driving in a team high three RBI’s. Megan Roadcap (Hampshire, IL) went 2-for-3, crossing the plate twice.

Nicole Musser (Middletown, VA) recorded the win on the mound, throwing seven innings and allowing nine hits and eight runs while tallying three strikeouts.

Jessica Yates (North Rose, NY) led Morrisville State’s efforts, going 2-for-3 from the plate, hitting a three-run homer in the first, and later a triple. Cassandra Smith (Lansing, NY) was 2-for4, both doubles, while tallying an RBI.

Amber Nichilo (Staten Island, NY) threw seven innings for the Mustangs, recording the loss, allowing 16 runs (12 earned) and striking out six.

In the nightcap, Morrisville State and Wilson were notched at five runs apiece after seven innings forcing the extra frame. The Phoenix took the one run lead with a sacrifice fly from Liesel Troshak (McAlisterville, PA) but Morrisville State responded in the bottom of the inning with a sacrifice bunt from Amanda Austin (Ely, NV) and a single from Paige Jerrett (Parish, NY) to drive in two straight runs for the win.

Smith went 2-for-4 from the plate, including a triple and two RBI’s to lead Morrisville State while Jerrett went 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Jessica Rigg (Homer, NY) recorded the win, throwing a complete game for the Mustangs, allowing seven hits and six runs (three earned) and collecting seven strikeouts in the game.

Roche hit 3-of-4 from the plate for the Phoenix while Maggie Sipps (Philadelphia, PA) went 2-for-4, hitting a double and triple, while crossing home twice and recording two RBI’s.

Musser recorded the loss, pitching 4.1 innings and allowing four runs. Roche threw the first three innings, striking out four and allowing three hits.

Morrisville State returns to the field Tuesday, hosting non-conference opponent Elmira College in a double-header that is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.

Wilson is at Cazenovia tomorrow afternoon, with the conference double header scheduled for 11 a.m.

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.