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March 15th, 2017

New Paltz Suffers Set Backs at Salisbury



The State University of New York at New Paltz softball team remains in search of its first victory of 2017 after dropping a twinbill to Salisbury on Sunday, falling to the host Seagulls 7-1 and 9-2, to wrap up the squad’s opening weekend. Photo: Robin Weinstein
By Ryan Novitsky

SALISBURY, MD. – The State University of New York at New Paltz softball team remains in search of its first victory of 2017 after dropping a twinbill to Salisbury on Sunday, falling to the host Seagulls 7-1 and 9-2, to wrap up the squad’s opening weekend.

The Hawks drop to 0-4 and will prepare to head to Florida from March 21-25, playing eight contests during that span. Salisbury, meanwhile, moves to .500 at 8-8.

In game one, the Hawks managed eight hits as junior Taylor Leonette and senior Kiersten Carlomagno each recorded two base knocks with Carlomagno ripping a double.

Trailing 7-0 in the fifth, New Paltz broke the shutout as senior Fallon Spriggs laid down a run-scoring bunt single to plate freshman Julia DiSpignia.

Carlomagno was tagged with the loss, scattering 11 hits and allowing four earned runs. Junior Lauren Cappello appeared in relief and tossed 3 1/3 innings, giving up just one hit while striking out four.

In the second game, New Paltz fell behind 3-0 before junior Julia Perhacs launched a solo shot to left field to get within two runs, 3-1, entering the bottom of the second.

However, the Seagulls would plate four more runs to take a commanding 7-1 edge in the second frame.

Sophomore Taylor LaFrance reached on a fielder’s choice to first base on a sacrifice bunt, which plated junior Alexa Mastando in the top of the third to conclude the scoring for the Hawks.

Offensively, New Paltz managed just four hits, including Perhacs’ homer. Mastando finished the game 2-for-2 at the dish with a walk.

Cappello was charged with the defeat, going 4 1/3 frames in the circle with two strike outs. Carlomagno hurled the final 1 2/3 innings and surrendered six runs to Salisbury.


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