Kissimmee, FL – The D'Youville softball team won their first game of the season on Wednesday morning as they split their doubleheader, defeating the Clarkson Golden Knights 8-4 and losing to SUNY New Paltz Hawks 9-0.
D'Youville took the lead at their first opportunity in the top of the first inning. Rylie Russo (Hamburg, NY/Frontier) doubled to right field with one out, moving to third on a Brittaney Goodrich (Eden, NY/Eden) single. Alexa Haberer (Derby, NY/Lake Shore) would then triple two batters later to score Russo and Goodrich. In the next at-bat, Haberer would score on a wild pitch, making it a 3-1 Spartan lead.
In the bottom of the inning, Clarkson would score their first run of the game to cut their deficit to 3-1. The game would go scoreless for the next several innings before the Spartans would add to their lead.
Megan Meyer (Cheektowaga, NY/Maryvale) began the inning with a single to center, followed by a Victoria Purucker (North Tonawanda, NY/Starpoint) double to left to score Meyer. Purucker would move to third in the next at-bat and come around to score as Ashley Carney (Clarence, NY/Clarence) singled to second base two batters later to increase the D'Youville lead to 5-1.
The Spartans were at it again in the fifth inning, leading off with a Darian Evans (Brant, NY/Lake Shore) single to right field. Therese Losardo (Lancaster, NY/Lancaster) pinch ran for Evans, advancing to second on a Haberer single. A fielder's choice would put Meyer on and Losardo at third, with Meyer stealing second in the next at-bat. Purucker would then single, scoring Losardo and Meyer.
Purucker would advance to second on the throw when Meyer came into score, putting her in scoring position. She would then advance to third in the next at-bat and then scored on a Mikaela Milleville (Niagara Falls, NY/Niagara-Wheatfield) single, increasing the D'Youville lead to 8-1.
The Golden Knights would mirror the Spartan's production in the bottom of the inning with three runs of their own to make the score 8-4. However, Clarkson's run total would stop there as they were unable to come back and D'Youville would win their first game of the season 8-4.
D'Youville had a huge day hitting the ball. Every Spartan that had a plate appearance recorded a hit, with Carney and Evans tallying three each. Russo, Haberer, Meyer, and Purucker tallied two hits each while Goodrich, Sierra Belkota (North Tonawanda, NY/Starpoint), Milleville, and Jordan Hartman (Lake View, NY/Frontier) each registered one. In total, D'Youville had 18 hits.
Purucker led the team with three RBI while Haberer drove in two. Both Meyer and Purucker scored two runs each.
Haberer earned the win with 7.0 innings, striking out two. Despite the four runs scored by Clarkson, Haberer gave up no earned runs in the victory.
Game number two of the day was vastly different for the women. New Paltz opened up the scoring with a run in the top of the first, followed by six more in the third and two in the fifth to end the game at 9-0 after five innings.
Belkota was the only Spartan to record a hit while Carney and Purucker tallied a walk each. Goodrich got the start, allowing four hits while Mary Andreano (Greece, NY/Greece Athena) closed out the game in her second appearance of the season.
The Spartans will next play tomorrow, March 21 as they close out their spring training trip against Manchester and Hope.