Buffalo, NY – The D'Youville softball team won their first pair of conference games on Saturday afternoon by defeating the La Roche Redhawks by the final scores of 7-1 and 5-4.
The first runs of game one were scored in the third off the bats of the Spartans. Rachel Colan (Grand Island, NY/Grand Island) walked with an out, followed by a single from Ashley Carney (Clarence, NY/Clarence). Rylie Russo (Hamburg, NY/Frontier) then laid down a bunt single to reach base with an error allowing Colan to score and put Carney on third. Russo then stole second, but the throw to second allowed Carney to score from third and make it 2-0. Next, Jackie Langer (Wexford, PA/Pine Richland) reached on an error, scoring Russo and putting the Spartans ahead 3-0.
D'Youville doubled their lead in the next inning as Lauren Gawlak (Hamburg, NY/Frontier) began the bottom of the fourth with a single. Therese Losardo (Lancaster, NY/Lancaster) then pinch ran for Gawlak and moved to second after Victoria Purucker (North Tonawanda, NY/Starpoint) singled to left center. Colan then put down a sac-bunt to move both runners into scoring position where they were both then driven in by Carney on a two-RBI triple. Russo then came to bat to drive in Carney, making the score 6-0 in favor of the Spartans.
La Roche had their first run cross the plate in the fifth inning to make the score 6-1. Megan Meyer (Cheektowaga, NY/Maryvale) walked with an out in the inning and moved to second after Alexa Haberer (Derby, NY/Lake Shore) singled. Gawlak then singled, followed by a sac-fly from Purucker to drive in Meyer and make the score 7-1.
No runs were scored in either of the final two innings as the Spartans locked it down on defense, taking game one 7-1 for their first conference win of the season.
The women had quite a bit of success at the plate as Carney, Russo, Haberer, and Gawlak each had two hits. Langer, Darian Evans (Brant, NY/Lake Shore), Meyer, and Purucker each also had a hit with Carney tallying a pair of RBI.
Haberer earned her fourth win of the season in game one and pitched extremely well. She struck out two over 7.0 innings, allowing one earned run and six hits.
Game two began with the Spartans again getting on the board first, this time in the bottom of the first. Carney led off with a single with Langer singling two batters later. Both runners then moved up a base after Evans reached on an error. Meyer then hit a sac-fly to center field, scoring Carney for a 1-0 lead.
The Redhawks tallied three runs in the top of the fourth to take a 3-1 lead, but the Spartans answered right back with three runs of their own. Gawlak singled up the middle with one out, and then Colan reached two batters later on an error. Carney would single to drive in Gawlak and Russo then singled to load the bases. Langer would then come to bat, singling and driving in the tying run in Colan and give the team the lead back with Carney scoring.
With a run in the top of the sixth, La Roche tied the game 4-4 before D'Youville answered once again. Purucker walked to lead off with Talia Wright (Derby, NY/Lake Shore) coming in to pinch run. Colan laid down a bunt single to move Wright to second and a sac-fly moved her to third. Russo then reached on a fielder's choice to bring Wright home and sending the Spartans up 5-4.
Down to their final inning, the Redhawks threatened with runners on second and third with two outs, but the Spartans were able to shut the door and take game two by the final score of 5-4.
Carney and Russo each collected two more hits and a RBI in game two while Langer had two hits of her own and a team high two RBI. Gawlak and Colan each had hits with runs being scored by Wright, Carney, Colan, and Gawlak.
Brittaney Goodrich (Eden, NY/Eden) got the start, going 3.1 inning and allowing three earned runs. Haberer came in for 3.2 innings and allowed three hits and no earned runs to pick up her second win of the day. The team had some excellent defense behind them from Russo, Colan, Langer, and Sierra Belkota (North Tonawanda, NY/Starpoint).
The women will next play tomorrow, April 22 as they travel to Penn State-Altoona to play the Lions beginning at 1:00pm.