NEW PALTZ - The State University of New York at New Paltz softball team battled in its doubleheader against Buffalo State, but the Hawks lost both games, 9-1 (five innings), before dropping a 3-2 10 inning game decided by the international tiebreaker rule.
The Bengals took an early lead in the first game, scoring five runs in the first inning and added four in the third. These nine runs ultimately caused the mercy rule, ending the game after only five innings. The second game of the doubleheader featured an entirely new New Paltz offense, which produced 11 hits throughout a hard-fought 10 innings.
Saturday’s pair of losses drops New Paltz to 10-22, 7-11 SUNYAC, while Buffalo State improves to 17-11, 9-5 SUNYAC.
The Bengals got off to a quick start, scoring nine unanswered runs through the first three innings. Buffalo State scored runs off of doubles from Joanna Bardak, Sarah Gorski and Jenna Clarke in the first. Taylor Swiatek earned an RBI on a fielder’s choice and Carly Knight singled to left for the last RBI of the inning. In the third, Buffalo State scored four runs off singles from Knight and Shelly Maggard. Chrissy Rennard also had an RBI on a fielder’s choice in the bottom of the third.
Down 9-0 in the bottom of the fifth, the Hawks could only manage one run. Amber Carozza started the rally in the fifth, hitting a double. Shayna Burgess hit a shot to right center, earning herself a triple, and knocking Carozza home.
Carozza suffered the loss for the Hawks
The Hawks fought hard through 10 innings, losing 3-2 in a game decided by the international tiebreaker rule that places a runner on second base to start an inning. Buffalo State scored two runs in the first inning, off a double by Kate Brownell. The Hawks were quick to answer, scoring a run in the third. Grande reached first base on a fielders choice, and Brewer knocked her in on a double. Jordan Fiore hit a line drive down the left field line, and reached third. Katie Rutcofsky was able to knock Fiore home on a single to left, which tied the game at 2-2.
The International Tie Breaker Rule went into effect in the top of the 10th. Jenna Clarke was placed on second and moved over on a sacrifice bunt by sophomore Chrissy Rennard. Clarke would ultimately be hit home by Shelly Maggard to earn Buffalo State a 3-2 victory.