By Brian Savard
NEW PALTZ –
The SUNY New Paltz softball team (15-10, 8-2 SUNYAC) lost its first two SUNYAC games of the season on Saturday afternoon at Mary Gray Deane Field, suffering a doubleheader sweep at the hands of The College at Brockport (13-8, 7-1 SUNYAC). The Golden Eagles prevailed, 3-2, in game one before topping the Hawks, 4-0, in the nightcap.
Brockport scored the go-ahead run in game one off a solo home run in the fifth inning, and it held on to claim the victory. New Paltz had its fair share of chances to increase its run total, leaving 10 runners on base.
The Hawks hopped out to a 1-0 lead in the home half of the first, but Brockport responded with a pair of runs in the top of the second as Erika Lazzaro plated two runs with the bases loaded.
With two outs in the bottom of the fourth, New Paltz tied the game, with junior first baseman Chelsea Kull coming home on a wild pitch. Sarah Rosenbarker gave Brockport the lead back the next inning, as she blasted a two-out, solo home run to right.
Sophomore right fielder Marissa Monaco and Kull paced the Hawk attack in game one. Monaco batted 2-for-4, while Kull went 2-for-3 with a run scored and a double.
Senior pitcher Amber Carozza suffered the game-one loss, yielding three runs on eight hits and four walks while striking out two. Jaime Berger claimed the win, permitting two runs on seven hits, four walks and a hit by pitch while striking out nine.
Brockport broke the scoreless stalemate in the third inning of the nightcap, as Emily Dumas plated Caitlyn Rana with a single to right field before Rosenbarker executed a squeeze play to perfection, laying down a bunt that pushed across Brianna Ferchen.
Ferchen made it a 3-0 game in the fourth, scoring Julie Arnold with a single to left center, while Rana singled up the middle with the bases loaded in the sixth to plate Brianna Harris.
Three players accounted for the Hawks' hit total, while Rana (2-for-3, one run scored, one RBI) and Ferchen (2-for-4, one run scored, one RBI) had multi-hit games for Brockport.
Freshman Katie Rutcofsky was tagged with the loss. Korey Kibling scattered three hits in the shutout win.