Buffalo, NY – The D'Youville softball team punched their ticket to the AMCC playoffs on Thursday afternoon, defeating the Mount Aloysius Mounties 10-5 in game one and losing game two 10-7.
The tone was set early by the Spartans with six runs in the first two innings. In the top of the first, Ashley Carney (Clarence, NY/Clarence) led off with a triple. Two batters later, Megan Meyer (Cheektowaga, NY/Maryvale) hit a single to left field, scoring Carney for a quick 1-0 lead.
In the top of the second, D'Youville continued to hit well. Rachel Colan (Grand Island, NY/Grand Island) singled and found her way to third in the next two at-bats. A single from Carney would then score Colan to bring the score to 2-0. Rylie Russo (Hamburg, NY/Frontier) then reached on a fielder's choice, followed by a Meyer single. Jackie Langer (Wexford, PA/Pine Richland) then singled to score Russo. In the next at-bat, Lauren Gawlak (Hamburg, NY/Frontier) would blast her first homer of the season, giving the Spartans a 6-0 lead.
D'Youville scored again in the top of the fourth with the Mounties responding with three runs in the bottom of the inning and they trailed 8-3. In the top of the sixth, Talia Wright (Derby, NY/Lake Shore) singled, followed by a Carney single. Two batters later, Rylie Russo (Hamburg, NY/Frontier) allowed Wright to score with some solid baserunning and then Carney would score a little bit later on a wild pitch. Russo then crossed home in the next at-bat with Langer grounding out to the pitcher.
The Mounties added a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh, but it was not enough to close the gap. D'Youville went on to win game one 10-5.
Carney led the team on offense with a 3-5 effort, two runs scored, and an RBI. Russo scored three runs and an RBI while Meyer went 2-3 with an RBI. Colan and Wright each recorded a hit and a run scored. Gawlak had a team high three RBI and a home run in the win. Alexa Haberer (Derby, NY/Lake Shore) picked up her eighth win of the season by pitching 5.0 innings, striking out two and allowing three earned runs. Brittaney Goodrich (Eden, NY/Eden) came in for 2.0 innings of relief.
Game two saw the Mounties score first and lead 1-0 after one inning. D'Youville then scored three in the second inning as Langer led off with a single. She then stole second and moved to third in the next at-bat. Goodright singled to center, scoring Langer and tying the game at 1-1. After Colan and Wright each reached base, the bases were loaded. Both Carney and Russo were hit by pitches to bring to two more run and D'Youville took the lead 3-1.
Mount Aloysius went on to score a run in the third and six in the fourth to blow the game open with an 8-3 lead. The Spartans began to chip away at the lead with three more runs as Gawlak, Victoria Purucker (North Tonawanda, NY/Starpoint), and Colan each had RBI singles to make it an 8-6 game. However, the Mounties scored two in the bottom of the inning and the Spartans fell short of picking up their second victory, losing game two 10-7.
Meyer, Langer, Gawlak, and Purucker each had two hits in the game with Gawlak leading the team with two RBI. In total, seven different players each had at least a hit. Goodrich pitched 3.1 innings in the loss with Haberer pitching 2.2 innings of relief. Sierra Belkota (North Tonawanda, NY/Starpoint) played extremely well in the field.
The women clinched a playoff appearance with their win in game one. They will be the fourth seed in the AMCC playoffs beginning on Friday, May 4. D'Youville will play at Penn State-Behrend and face off against Penn State-Altoona in game on at 1:00pm.