Who: D'Youville Spartans Softball
What: AMCC Playoffs
Where: Penn State-Behrend - Erie, PA
When: Friday, May 3 - Sunday, May 5
Buffalo, NY - With their second consecutive playoff appearance and their eighth trip in the last nine seasons, the D'Youville softball team is ready to take on the the rest of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) in the AMCC playoffs, beginning on Friday.
D'Youville enters the double-elimination tournament at the #5 seed. The entire tournament will be played at Penn State-Behrend - the conference's regular season champion and #1 overall seed.
The tournament seeding is as follows:
#1 Penn State-Behrend Lions - #2 Mount Aloysius Mounties - #3 Pitt.-Bradford Panthers - #4 Franciscan Barons - #5 D'Youville Spartans - #6 Penn State-Altoona Lions
The women finished the season with a 9-9 conference record this season. In seven of their nine doubleheaders, the Spartans split against the conference opponent - including the other five playoff teams in the tournament.
Outfielder Ashley Carney (Clarence, NY/Clarence) has been the table setter for the Spartans throughout the season and one of the best hitters in the conference. She enters the playoffs red hot, finishing the regular season second in the conference in batting average while she is tied for third in walks and triples, and third in hits. To close out the regular season, the junior has a 14-game hitting streak and has recorded hits in 21 of 22 games.
Megan Meyer (Cheektowaga, NY/Maryvale) has been at the heart of the team's lineup and manned first base every game for the women this year and has excelled at both. Meyer is second on the team in hits, batting average, runs scored, and is tied for second in RBI. Freshman Mikaela Milleville (Niagara Falls, NY/Niagara-Wheatfield) has been a welcomed edition in the lineup as the outfielder ranks third on the team in batting average and first in triples.
Senior players Darian Evans (Brant, NY/Lake Shore) and Victoria Purucker (North Tonawanda, NY/Starpoint) have both made massive contributions to the team in 2019. Purucker is having a career year with career highs in hits and runs scored while Evans has a walk-off hit to her name this season. The four-year starters are playing in their third playoff tournament of their careers.
Sophomore pitchers Brittaney Goodrich (Eden, NY/Eden) and Alexa Haberer (Derby, NY/Lake Shore) have gotten the job done in the circle and at the plate this season. Goodrich has wins over playoff teams such as Penn State-Behrend (#1), Pitt.-Bradford (#3), and Penn State-Altoona (#6) but is also fourth in RBI on the team with 17. Haberer has flashed dominance this year with one no-hitter to her name and wins over Mount Aloysius (#2) and Franciscan (#4). She is also tied for second on the team in RBI and fourth in batting average, getting the job done everywhere.
Infielder Rylie Russo (Hamburg, NY/Frontier) has been an invaluable member of the team this season, moving from second to third and then shortstop this season. Her bat has contributed in major ways this season with 24 hits and a career high five doubles.
Freshman Jordan Hartman (Lake View, NY/Frontier) has played a major role as a designated player with a .395 batting average and 12 RBI in 24 games played. Her presence in the middle of the lineup has helped the rest of the lineup succeed. Both Therese Losardo (Lancaster, NY/Lancaster) and Sierra Belkota (North Tonawanda, NY/Starpoint) have been excellent defensive players for the women this season in the outfield.
Games will begin on Friday morning with four games being played throughout the day. The tournament will extend into day two on Saturday with teams being eliminated with two losses. After Saturday, two teams will advance to Sunday's championship game(s).
D'Youville will square off against the Franciscan Barons at 11:00am on Friday morning. In their doubleheader earlier this season, the Spartans took game one against the Barons 5-0 before the Barons came back in game two to win 8-4.
Links to all games and an updated schedule following each game can be found at the AMCC website.