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Elmira softball sweeps Morrisville State in double header

MORRISVILLE, NY – Visiting Elmira College softball came from behind in game one and used an extra inning in game two to sweep host Morrisville State College 8-2 and 2-1 in the double header Tuesday afternoon in Morrisville.

Morrisville State drops to 7-25 overall while Elmira improves to 10-3 with the wins.

In the bottom of the first inning, Morrisville State took the 2-0 lead over the Soaring Eagles as Cassandra Smith (Lansing, NY) homered one over the left field fence, driving in Kayla Walker (Oneida, NY).

Two costly errors by the Mustangs in the top of the fifth inning led to Elmira evening the contest at two runs, before the Soaring Eagles crossed the plate six times in the top of the sixth, capitalizing on Morrisville State errors for the 8-2 lead and eventual win.

Walker and Smith each went 1-for-3 from the plate, with Smith tallying two RBI’s for the Mustangs.

Jessica Rigg (Homer, NY) pitched the loss for the Mustangs on the mound, throwing seven innings and allowing eight hits, eight runs (five earned), while striking out three.

Megan Werner (Vestal, NY) went 2-for-3 for the Eagles, tallying three RBI’s. Stephanie Fontinell (Shoreham, NY) threw the win for Elmira, allowing four hits, two runs and striking out five.

In the nightcap, with the contest scoreless after seven, Elmira needed an extra inning to top the Mustangs by a 2-1 final.

In the extra frame, Lauryn DePaul (Liverpool, NY) recorded a single hit to drive in base runner Suzanne Leslie (Ossining, NY) and the Soaring Eagles took a two run lead with Erin Pruess (Glens Falls, NY) hitting a single to drive in Brittnee McGuire (Herkimer, NY).

Morrisville State responded with a single hit from Nicole Geier (Mayfield, NY) that drove in runner Awliya Abdu-Shahid (Sidney, NY) to cut the lead to one, but the Elmira defense held the Mustangs from any additional score, claiming the non-conference victory.

Geier went 2-for-4 to lead Morrisville while Sarah Croop (Whitney Point, NY) was 2-for-3.

Amber Nichilo (Staten Island, NY) threw the loss, pitching a complete game and tallying five strike outs while allowing six hits and two runs.

Fontinell went 2-for-4 to lead Elmira from the plate as pitcher Katie Hobson (Guilford, CT) earned the win on the mound, throwing eight innings and allowing seven hits while recording four strike outs.

Morrisville State returns to the field Friday, traveling to SUNY Cobleskill for a North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) 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.