Clermont, FL – The D'Youville softball team split their spring training doubleheader for the third straight day on Saturday, defeating the Union Dutchmen 7-3 and fell to the Chicago Maroons 7-3.
It wasn't until the third inning where the first runs on the game were scored, and they came off of the D'Youville bats. Therese Losardo (Lancaster, NY/Lancaster) reached on an error followed by an Ashley Carney (Clarence, NY/Clarence) single. Rylie Russo (Hamburg, NY/Frontier) then singled to bring home Losardo to give the Spartans a 1-0 lead.
Two batters later, Carney and Jackie Langer (Wexford, PA/Pine Richland) switched places at Langer doubled to score Carney. Langer then stole third just to have Darian Evans (Brant, NY/Lake Shore) single, driving home Langer and giving the Spartans a 3-0 lead after three innings.
D'Youville would tack on two more runs in the fourth inning as Lauren Gawlak (Hamburg, NY/Frontier) led off the bottom of the inning with a single. Sierra Belkota (North Tonawanda, NY/Starpoint) pinch-ran for Gawlak and she moved to second after Losardo walked. In the next at-bat, Carney tripled to drive home both runners and the Spartans led 5-0 after four.
Union was able to get on the board in the fifth inning, tacking on three runs to make it 5-3 after five innings. In the bottom of the sixth, D'Youville was able to get some insurance runs to extend their lead over the Dutchmen.
With one out, Carney singled. Russo then reached on an error and Langer walked two batters later to load the bases. Evans then singled, scoring Carney and Russo to make the score 7-3. Union was unable to answer in the seventh as the Spartans won their first game of the day by the final of 7-3.
Carney had an outstanding day at the plate, going 4-4 with two runs scored and two RBI. Evans and Gawlak each went 2-4 in the game while Evans led the team with three RBI. Losardo also scored a pair of runs.
Brittaney Goodrich (Eden, NY/Eden) picked up her second win of the season by allowing two earned runs over 4.1 innings, striking out one. Alexa Haberer (Derby, NY/Lake Shore) came in for the final 2.2 innings of work, recording her first career save.
The second game of the day didn't go as well as the first for the Spartans. Chicago scored a pair of runs in the first inning and added a second pair in the sixth while D'Youville struggled at the plate. The four runs were the only runs the Maroons needed as they went on to win the game 4-0.
Haberer got the start in game two and was outstanding. She went 6.0 innings, allowing one earned run and struck out five. All five hits from D'Youville came from five different players as Carney, Gawlak, Evans, Victoria Purucker (North Tonawanda, NY/Starpoint), and Haberer each had a hit.
D'Youville will have a day off until their next doubleheader as they play Luther on Kalamazoo on Monday, March 26 at 9:00am and 11:30am.