Clermont, FL - The D'Youville softball team began their 2018 campaign with their annual spring training trip to Florida on Thursday morning, winning their first game of the season against the Juniata Eagles 7-6 and falling to the Plymouth State Panthers 5-1.
Juniata took an early lead over the Spartans in the top of the first inning before D'Youville took control of the game. Ashley Carney (Clarence, NY/Clarence) led off the inning with a walk, followed by a Rylie Russo (Hamburg, NY/Frontier) single. After a Cameron Colan (Grand Island, NY/Grand Island) sacrifice to move both runners into scoring position, Darian Evans (Brant, NY/Lake Shore) walked to load the bases.
A pair of freshmen would then drive in the first runs for D'Youville. Jackie Langer (Wexford, PA/Pine Richland) singled to drive in Carney followed by a walk from Rachel Colan (Grand Island, NY/Grand Island) to give the Spartans a 2-1 advantage. Lauren Gawlak (Hamburg, NY/Frontier) then singled to drive in Evans to make the score 3-1 with Alexa Haberer (Derby, NY/Lake Shore) grounding out to the shortstop, bringing the score of 4-1 D'Youville after one inning.
In the second inning, the Eagles would get a run back to make the score 4-2. An inning later, the Spartans would answer back. With two outs in the inning, Therese Losardo (Lancaster, NY/Lancaster) tripled. Carney then followed with a double to drive in Losardo and give D'Youville a three-run lead back with the score of 5-2.
The fourth inning was where Juniata got right back in the game. They scored three runs on three hits, tying the game at 5-5 through four.
Haberer came up to bat to begin the bottom of the fifth and doubled to right field. Losardo then doubled, advancing Haberer to third. Carney then singled to center and gave the Spartans the lead back at 6-5.
The Eagles refused to go away, tying the game again in the top of the sixth inning. However the Spartans were there once again to answer as Langer began the inning with a single to right field, then stealing second and third to put herself in scoring position. R. Colan then grounded out to second, but it was enough to score Langer and give the Spartans the lead and the win 7-6.
It was a team effort at the plate that helped earn D'Youville the win. All nine batters recorded at least a hit and six different players scored at least a run. Carney was tied for the team lead in nearly every offensive category as she went 2-2 with two RBI, two walks, and a run scored. Langer also had two hits and a team high two runs while R. Colan also had two RBI. Evans collected two walks.
Haberer made her first career start in the game and picked up the win. She went 7.0 innings, allowing six earned runs and struck out two. Defensively, Sierra Belkota (North Tonawanda, NY/Starpoint) had a solid effort in left field.
Game two for the Spartans on Thursday did not go as well as the first. With one out in the second inning, Langer walked followed by a Victoria Purucker (North Tonawanda, NY/Starpoint) single. Two batters later, pitcher Brittaney Goodrich (Eden, NY/Eden) helped her own cause with a single to drive in Langer and give D'Youville a 1-0 lead.
Plymouth State came back with three runs in the bottom of the third and two runs in the bottom of the fourth to take a 5-1 lead over D'Youville. Through the remaining three innings, the Spartans were unable to get anything going at the plate to come back as they lost their first game of the season 5-1.
Goodrich led the team with two hits in the game, also adding an RBI. She pitched 6.0 innnigs in the game, allowing four earned runs and striking out five. Megan Meyer (Cheektowaga, NY/Maryvale) and Talia Wright (Derby, NY/Lake Shore) both made their season debuts for the team and played well in the field.
The women will be right back at it tomorrow as they play Wis.-Eau Claire at 11:30am and St. Lawrence at 2:00pm.