Clermont, FL – The D'Youville softball team wrapped up their spring training trip Tuesday morning by defeating the Thomas Wolves 5-0 and falling to Middlebury Panthers 2-0.
It remained a scoreless game through three innings against Thomas, but the Spartans broke the game open in the fourth. Jackie Langer (Wexford, PA/Pine Richland) led off the inning by reaching first on an error. Brittaney Goodrich (Eden, NY/Eden) then also reached on an error to put runners on first and second with no outs. After a sac-bunt from Darian Evans (Brant, NY/Lake Shore), both runners moved into scoring position.
Up with one out, Victoria Purucker (North Tonawanda, NY/Starpoint) singled to right field, scoring Langer and moving Goodrich to third. After a Therese Losardo (Lancaster, NY/Lancaster) walk, the bases were load for Ashley Carney (Clarence, NY/Clarence). She singled to center field to drive in pinch runner Sierra Belkota (North Tonawanda, NY/Starpoint) and Goodrich for a 3-0 D'Youville lead after four.
D'Youville added another pair of runs in the next inning to increase their lead. Lauren Gawlak (Hamburg, NY/Frontier) singled with no outs. She then moved to second on a sac-bunt just to come home in the next at-bat as Evans hit her first homer of the season to increase the team's lead to 5-0 with the women going on to win by the same score.
Alexa Haberer (Derby, NY/Lake Shore) was outstanding Tuesday morning, picking up her second win of the season. She went 7.0 innings, allowing no runs and five hits, striking out five. At the plate, Carney and Evans led the team with two hits and two RBI each. Goodrich led the team with two runs scored.
The Spartans had a tough matchup in game two of the day and didn't fair quite as well on offense. Middlebury scored one run in each of the first and third innings, with the two runs being all the Panthers needed as they went on to win 2-0.
Megan Meyer (Cheektowaga, NY/Maryvale) had a team high two hits while Rachel Colan (Grand Island, NY/Grand Island), Evans, and Carney each recording a hit. Goodrich had a solid outing for D'Youville with 6.0 innings pitched, allowing just two earned runs and six hits. She struck out three batters.
The women will return up north for their next doubleheader, but remain on the road as they travel to Mount Aloysius on Saturday, March 31 to play the Mounties in their first conference doubleheader. Game one on Saturday begins at 1:00pm on Saturday with game two to follow at 3:00pm.