Buffalo, NY – The D'Youville softball team swept their non-conference doubleheader on Monday afternoon, defeating the Alfred State Pioneers 7-4 in game one and 8-2 in game two.
Alfred State got on the board first in game one with a run in the top of the first. D'Youville would answer in the bottom of the second to blow the game open.
Darian Evans (Brant, NY/Lake Shore) led off with a single, moving to third two batters later with a Brittaney Goodrich (Eden, NY/Eden) single. Victoria Purucker (North Tonawanda, NY/Starpoint) would then double, scoring both Evans and Goodrich to give the Spartans a 2-1 lead. Two batters later, Ashley Carney (Clarence, NY/Clarence) would put a ball down the left field line that took a sharp hop to the corner as Carney flew around the bases for an inside the park home run, extending the lead to 4-1.
Two more runs crossed the plate for the Pioneers in the fourth inning, but the Spartans matched their run total. Purucker singled with one out, coming into score as Mikaela Milleville (Niagara Falls, NY/Niagara-Wheatfield) tripled to right center. She then scored on a wild pitch in the next at-bat to make the score 6-3.
Continuing to fight, Alfred State scored one run in the fifth to trail by two at 6-4. In the bottom of the sixth, the Spartans got their run back as Purucker singled with one out. Milleville then singled to move Purucker over followed by a Carney single that scored Purucker. The run would be the final of the game as D'Youville defeated Alfred State 7-4.
Carney led the team with a 4-4 performance at the plate, collecting three RBI and scoring one run. Purucker went 3-3 with three runs scored and two RBI while Goodrich went 2-3 and Milleville went 2-3 as well – both scoring one run. Megan Meyer (Cheektowaga, NY/Maryvale) and Evans also had one hit each. Alexa Haberer (Derby, NY/Lake Shore) went 7.0 innings as she picked up the victory, striking out six.
Game two saw D'Youville take the lead first. In the bottom of the first, Carney led off with a single. She then moved to third and scored on a Meyer double as the team led 1-0. Jordan Hartman (Lake View, NY/Frontier) then reached on an error to score Meyer and the women led 2-0 after one.
The Spartans added a run in the fourth as Purucker scored on a Milleville triple to make it 3-0 D'Youville. Alfred State answered in the next inning with two runs to make the score 3-2, but the Spartans came back in the bottom of the fifth as Hartman doubled home Meyer after a single to bring the lead back up to two at 4-2.
A big sixth inning put the game away for D'Youville as Rachele Anello (Buffalo, NY/Charter) led off with a single. Carney then walked, followed by a Rylie Russo (Hamburg, NY/Frontier) single to load the bases. Meyer then walked to drive in a run while Carney would score in the next at-bat on a passed ball to go ahead 6-2. Hartman would then continue to do damage as she doubled home Meyer and Russo to bring the game to its final score of 8-2.
Hartman had another outstanding game as she led the team by going 3-4 with three RBI. Meyer went 2-3 with three runs scored and two RBI as Goodrich, Anello, Milleville, Carney, and Russo all had one hit each. Goodrich got the start and pitched very well, going 7.0 innings with two earned runs with four strikeouts.
The Spartans will next play at the Medaille Mavericks this Wednesday, April 24 with the Buffalo Cup on the line. Game one of the doubleheader is set to begin at 3:00pm.