Buffalo, NY – The D'Youville softball team fought through the rain and wind on Thursday afternoon to defeat the Alfred State Pioneers in a non-conference doubleheader 19-2 in game one and no-hitting the Pioneers in game two 9-0.
Game one of the day was wet and windy with two lengthy weather delays. The first inning was the highest scoring of the game, and the wettest. Alfred State began the scoring with two runs to take an early 2-0 lead. In the second inning, the rain really began to fall and the Spartans capitalized on several opportunities.
Ashley Carney (Clarence, NY/Clarence) led off with a walk and would score in the next at-bat as Rylie Russo (Hamburg, NY/Frontier) reached on an error and advanced to third. Lauren Gawlak (Hamburg, NY/Frontier) then got on by getting hit by a pitch, and then stole second. Jackie Langer (Wexford, PA/Pine Richland) then singled to score Russo and tie the game at 2-2.
Darian Evans (Brant, NY/Lake Shore) and Megan Meyer (Cheektowaga, NY/Maryvale) each scored on wild pitched after Gawlak and Langer scored on errors, bringing the score to 6-2. Victoria Purucker (North Tonawanda, NY/Starpoint) and Rachel Colan (Grand Island, NY/Grand Island) each reached base and were driven in by Carney to make it 8-2. She later scored on a wild pitch as Russo, Gawlak, and Langer loaded the bases in the at-bats to come. Walks to Meyer and Alexa Haberer (Derby, NY/Lake Shore) then walked in back-to-back at-bats to bring the inning total to 11-2.
The D'Youville bats were at it again in the second. The bases were loaded with two outs in the bottom of the inning before two consecutive runs were scored on walks. With the bases still loaded, three runs scored on an error to increase the lead to 16-2. Two batters later, Colan drove in Haberer on a single to bring the score to 17-2.
Talia Wright (Derby, NY/Lake Shore) pinch hit and singled to lead off the bottom of the third and was driven in two batters later by Langer. Kayla Gawlak (Hamburg, NY/Frontier) grounded out to third but was able to score Langer, bringing the game to its final score of 19-2.
Carney and Langer led the team with two hits and two RBI each, with Meyer also adding two RBI. Rachele Anello (Buffalo, NY/Charter) and Sierra Belkota (North Tonawanda, NY/Starpoint) each played well defensively in the game for the Spartans. Colan also added two hits, with Russo, Gawlak and Langer each scoring three runs for the women. It was a complete team effort for D'Youville on offense throughout the game.
Haberer got the start for the Spartans and pitched very well, striking out six in 3.0 innings of work. Alexis Dymond (Kenmore, NY/Kenmore West) came in for 2.0 innings of relief and allowed no hits, no runs, and no walks.
The Spartans got on the board early in game two, scoring a pair of runs in the bottom of the second. Russo tripled with one out in the inning, followed by Langer singling to bring her home for a 1-0 lead. After Langer stole second two batters later, Meyer hit the second triple of the inning to score Langer, giving D'Youville a 2-0 lead.
In the third inning, D'Youville struck again with two runs. Russo reached base with a single through the left side, stealing second two batters later. Evans then came to bat and hit a single, driving in Russo for a 3-0 lead. Meyer then reached base on a single, with Evans and Meyer each advancing a base on a passed ball. Brittaney Goodrich (Eden, NY/Eden) then flew out in foul territory, but it was deep enough to score Evans and growing the Spartan's lead to 4-0.
Purucker tripled to lead off the fourth and was driven home by Therese Losardo (Lancaster, NY/Lancaster) on a sac-fly. Two batters later, Russo walked followed by Langer reaching base on an error to put two on with two outs. Then, Evans doubled to right center, scoring both Russo and Langer to make the score 7-0 in favor of the Spartans.
D'Youville ended the game in the fifth, scoring two more runs. Colan singled with an out in the inning, followed by singles from Purucker and Losardo. Then, Carney doubled to left to drive in Colan and Purucker and making the score 9-0, ending the game in five innings.
Despite the offense performing well once again, the highlight of the game was the pitching and defense. Goodrich pitched 5.0 innings, striking out five and walking one. She allowed no runs and most importantly, no hits in the game for her first career no-hitter. Behind her, the defense played lights out as they committed no errors.
Russo went 2-2 at the plate with three runs scored while Evans, Meyer, and Purucker each went 2-3. Evans had a team high three RBI while Carney had two. Losardo collected two hits with Langer, Colan, and Carney each tallying one.
The next doubleheader for the Spartans comes this Saturday, April 14 as they host the Franciscan Barons beginning at 1:00pm.