Buffalo, NY – After their game one victory over the Penn State-Altoona Lions, the D'Youville Softball Team needed a victory to clinch first place in the AMCC Playoffs and did just that, defeating the Lions in game two by the score of 2-1.
D'Youville had several chances throughout the game to put runs on the board, but couldn't capitalize on their opportunities. In the first inning, the Spartans had runners on second and third but couldn't bring in a run. The team had bases loaded in the bottom of the fourth but against couldn't capitalize.
Not until the seventh inning was the first run of the game scored, but it would come off the bat of the Lions. Penn State led off the inning with a single, and the Lion baserunner would be moved to second on a sac-bunt. A double would bring home the team's first run and give them the lead heading into the bottom of the inning, with D'Youville getting one remaining chance to take the game.
Pitcher Kalie McHenry (Amherst, NY/Sweet Home) was the first baserunner of the inning as she reached base with a single. Up next was Amanda Drake (West Winfield, NY/Mount Markham), who singled and moved McHenry to second. Lauren DeVantier (Niagara Falls, NY/Niagara-Wheatfield) was walked as the next batter to load the bases.
Coming to the plate next was Hannah Turek (Depew, NY/Lancaster), who had come up clutch for the team earlier in the season with a walkoff hit. With 2 RBIs in game one, Turek added to her total with 2 more, driving in McHenry and Drake as the game-tying and game-winning runs to win the game and the regular season AMCC title for D'Youville with a 2-1 final.
McHenry picked up her second win of the day and ninth in a row, pitching yet another complete game. In 7 innings, Kalie gave up 1 earned run and struck out 5. Turek was the hero yet again, driving in the two runs that would win the Spartans the game. Her 2 RBIs were the only two on the team, while Alison Hall (Cheektowaga, NY/Depew) led the team with 2 hits.
The women will head to Brockport to play the Eagles on Monday, April 27th before the AMCC Playoffs next weekend. D'Youville will host the tournament as the number one overall seed and the top team in the conference.