Steubenville, OH – The D'Youville softball team played their first conference road doubleheader of the season on Sunday, defeating the Franciscan Barons 16-10 in game one and losing 8-5 in game two.
D'Youville wasted no time taking the lead in game number one. Ashley Carney (Clarence, NY/Clarence) led off the game with a triple with Rylie Russo (Hamburg, NY/Frontier) driving her in the next at-bat. With the game 1-0, Franciscan scored a run in the bottom of the first and second innings, taking a 2-0 lead.
In the top of the third, the Spartans broke the game open. Both Russo and Hannah Turek (Lancaster, NY/Lancaster) reached base to start the inning. Darian Evans (Brant, NY/Lake Shore) then cleared the bases with her second homer of the year, giving D'Youville the 4-2 lead. Three of the next five batters for the Spartans would reach base to give the team bases loaded with two outs.
Carney would get on base due to an error, driving in two runs and making the game 6-3. Next up, Russo collected two RBI of her own on a single, then making the game 8-2. Turek would come to bat for the second time in the inning and drill a homer to center, adding two more runs for the Spartans and giving the team a 10-2 lead after three and a half innings.
Franciscan would get a run back in the bottom of the third, but D'Youville would add three more runs in the top of the fourth. Both Victoria Purucker (North Tonawanda, NY/Starpoint) and Alexis Dymond (Kenmore, NY/Kenmore West) reached base and with two outs, Therese Losardo (Lancaster, NY/Lancaster) tripled to score both runners and make it 12-3. Carney would then come up next and double in Losardo to make it 13-3.
The Barons came right back in the bottoms of the fourth and fifth with five runs, closing the game to 13-8. Evans drove in another run in the top of the sixth to make the score 14-8, and then D'Youville scored two more runs in the in the top of the seven on RBIs from Losardo and Carney. Franciscan answered in the bottom of the seventh by getting those two runs back, but the massive output from the Spartans was too much to overcome as D'Youville went on to win by the final score of 16-10.
D'Youville's offense had an incredible first game with seven players recording multiple hits. The team was led by their red hot leadoff hitter, Ashley Carney. Carney led the team with four hits and five RBI. She added two runs, tied with Turek, Dymond and Losardo. Russo scored a team high three runs to go with three hits and three RBI. Evans recorded two hits for four RBI and a run scored.
The top four hitters for the Spartans combined for 14 runs batted in in the game. Turek picked up her fourth win of the season in the game over 7.0 innings, striking out five and allowing five earned runs.
A three-run first inning from Franciscan gave them an early lead in the second game of the day. D'Youville scored a run in the second inning as Purucker doubled in Evans, making the game 3-1. The Barons then added three combined runs in the third and fourth innings, making it 6-1 Franciscan lead.
The Spartans would have their biggest inning of the game in the fifth inning. Cameron Colan (Grand Island, NY/Grand Island) led off the inning with a single, with Losardo and Carney loading the bases in the next two at-bats. Turek would then come to the plate, driving in Colan and made the game 6-2. Evans then hit her second homer of the day to clear the bases and make it a one-run game at 6-5.
Two runs from the Barons in the bottom of the sixth would seal the game for Franciscan as they won the game by the final score of 8-5.
Evans led the team with three RBI and two runs scored, also tying Purucker with the team lead with two hits. Five hitters had one hit in the game and four different players scoring runs. Dymond got the start, allowing five earned runs over 6.0 innings.
The next pair of games for the women comes this Tuesday, April 4 as the women play against Medaille at 3 and 5pm.