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A pair of homeruns propel SUNY IT past Morrisville softball

Release courtesy of Eugenio Mercurio, SUNY IT SID

UTICA, NY – A pair of homeruns helped the SUNYIT softball team sweep the visiting Morrisville State Mustangs by the scores of 7-3 and 1-0 during a doubleheader at Wildcat Field Saturday. The Lady Wildcats have now won eight straight games and 23 of their last 24 contests.

The Wildcats are now 27-5 overall and 17-1 in the NEAC, placing them second in the conference standings. They are one loss behind first place Keuka College, who as of this writing are undefeated at 12-0, meaning the outcome of tomorrow’s doubleheader between SUNYIT and Keuka will determine the NEAC regular season champion. Game one is scheduled to begin at 1:00 pm at Wildcat Field.

In today’s action, Morrisville gained a 1-0 lead in the first inning of game one when Aryel Lawson hit an RBI single to right field. SUNYIT answered with four runs in the bottom of the inning, highlighted by a two-run double down by sophomore Amanda Pratt (Rochester, NY/Rush-Henrietta).

Morrisville’s Cassandra Smith hit a leadoff homerun in the top of the fourth to make it 4-2 and the Mustangs would add another run in the top of the sixth to make it 4-3 and get right back in the contest. The Wildcats would not squander their lead, however, as junior Amanda Myers (Boonville, NY/Adirondack) hit an RBI single and sophomore Juleah Vedder (Dolgeville, NY/Dolgeville) smashed a two-run homerun to put SUNYIT back up four and ultimately give them the victory.

It was the eighth homerun of the season for Vedder, who also scored two runs and struck out three batters while on the mound to register her 14th win of the season. Freshman Lyndsey Brognano (Rome, NY/Rome Free Academy) finished 3-for-4 with two doubles, two runs scored and a stolen base, while freshman Lauren Marleau (Prospect, NY/Holland Patent) had two hits, an RBI and one run scored.

Smith, Sarah Croop and Amanda Austin all had two hits for Morrisville.

Brognano would hit a leadoff homerun to begin game two, which would prove to be the only run of the game. The rest of the contest would be a pitching duel between junior Meaghan McGurn (Bethlehem, NY/Bethlehem) and Morrisville’s Jessica Rigg, as McGurn gave up just four hits and walked one batter while striking out five, while Rigg allowed the leadoff homerun and a blooper to centerfield in the sixth – both by Brognano – but no hits in between. She finished the day with four strikeouts and two walks.