Buffalo, NY – The D'Youville softball team kept their playoff hopes alive on Tuesday afternoon by sweeping the Pitt.-Bradford Panthers, winning game one 6-3 and game two 10-2.
Bradford led off the game with a run in the top of the first, but the Spartans then scored a run in the bottom of the inning to tie the game. Ashley Carney (Clarence, NY/Clarence) singled to lead off, moving to third in the next two at-bats. Jackie Langer (Wexford, PA/Pine Richland) then singled up the middle to score Carney and tie the game at one.
The fifth inning was when D'Youville took control of the game. Rachel Colan (Grand Island, NY/Grand Island) led off with a single, followed by a bunt single from Talia Wright (Derby, NY/Lake Shore) with two on with no out. Rylie Russo (Hamburg, NY/Frontier) would then triple two batters later, bringing home Colan and Wright for a 3-1 D'Youville lead. In the following at-bat, Megan Meyer (Cheektowaga, NY/Maryvale) singled to bring home Russo and extend the lead to 4-1. With back-to-back walks, the bases were loaded with one out for pitcher Alexa Haberer (Derby, NY/Lake Shore) and she doubled to bring the Spartan's lead to 6-1.
With runs in the fifth and sixth innings, the Panthers began to threaten the D'Youville lead. However the Spartans were able to get out of trouble in both innings and went on to defeat Bradford 6-3 in game one.
No player had more than two hits for the Spartans, but seven different players recorded a hit and all six runs were scored by different players. Russo and Haberer each collected two RBI with Meyer and Langer recording the other two. Haberer went 7.0 innings and allowed three earned runs in the game, striking out six for her seventh win of the season.
Game two began with the Spartans scoring first, hanging two runs on the Panthers in the first innings. Carney led off with a double down the left field line. Russo moved Carney over with a sac-bunt, allowing Meyer to drive her in the next at-bat with a single. Langer then brought home Meyer with a double to left field and gave D'Youville a 2-0 lead after one inning.
D'Youville had a big inning in the bottom of the third as Carney led off with a single, then stealing second and moving to third on an error by the catcher. Russo then grounded out, scoring Carney. Meyer and Langer would then both single, putting two on with one out. Pitcher Brittaney Goodrich (Eden, NY/Eden) then came to the plate and blasted her second home run of the season, extending the Spartan's lead to 6-0.
Two runs crossed the plate for the Panthers in the top of the fourth, but D'Youvlle responded right away. Carney again led off by reaching base with a single. Russo again moved Carney over to second with a sac-bunt and then Meyer singled to put two on with one out. Langer then singled, driving in Carney. Lauren Gawlak (Hamburg, NY/Frontier) would follow with a triple, scoring both Langer and Meyer to make the score 9-2. Victoria Purucker (North Tonawanda, NY/Starpoint) then tripled two batters later to bring in Gawlak and bring the game to its final score of 10-2.
The Spartans had a great game at the plate. Carney, Meyer, and Langer all went 3-3 in the game with Carney and Meyer each scoring three runs. Goodrich had a team high three RBI with Langer and Gawlak each tallying two RBI. Seven different Spartans had a hit in the game with five different players scoring at least a run and six different players tallying at least an RBI.
Defensively, the women played very well. Sierra Belkota (North Tonawanda, NY/Starpoint) played extremely well in right field while Colan had a very strong game at third. Goodrich pitched extremely well in game two, going 5.0 innings and allowing two earned runs, striking out two.
The women will conclude their regular season this Thursday, May 3 as they play the Mount Aloysius Mounties beginning at 3:00pm. While the game will be played at Dobson Field, the Spartans will be the away team as it is the Mounties home game.