Spring baseball, softball travel to Florida

(Courtesy of Union Athletics)

Both the Union Women’s Softball and Men’s Baseball teams traveled to Florida over spring break to start their seasons.

Following their trips to the sunny south, the softball team was 4-6 and the baseball team was 6-5, both respectable records.

The softball team traveled to Clermont, Fla., where they participated in the National Training Center Tournament.

They dropped their first three games, losing 4-2 to Wellesley, 6-1 to Carleton, and 5-2 to Middlebury.

In the game against Wellesley, the score was tied 2-2 in the bottom of the fifth until the Blue scored two runs to bring the score to 4-2. Following this run, the Dutchwomen were unable to make a comeback. Camille Corbin ’15 had two hits and two RBIs for the Dutchwomen.

Following these defeats, the Dutchwomen took on the University of Chicago, defeating the Maroon 7-1.

Pitcher Alyson Staats ’15 had a stellar game, allowing only eight hits; also, she had a three-run triple in the second inning. Her performance led her to be named to the Liberty League Honor Roll and Pitcher of the Week from the Liberty League.

Next, the Dutchwomen defeated Carthage in a close 4-3 decision, before losing to Buffalo State, Elmhurst and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, 5-3, 5-1, and 16-0, respectively.

The Dutchwomen wrapped up their spring training trip with two victories, beating Thomas by a score of 8-0 and Colby by a score of 3-2.

The Dutchwomen have a string of home games over the next week, however, the probability that they will actually be played is questionable considering the weather. The Dutchwomen’s scheduled games against Utica and Clarkson had to be postponed for weather-related reasons.

On April 3, the team took on Ithaca in a two-game series played at Plumeri Sports Complex in Albany. They lost both games, 7-0 and 1-0, respectively.

The Men’s Baseball team also fared relatively well on their spring training trip. The Dutchmen traveled to central Florida to participate in the Russmatt Central Florida Invitational.

The team dropped their first two games against North Central, before splitting a two-game series with Keuka. Their game against the University of St. Thomas was cancelled due to rain.

They defeated Westminster twice in a series of two games and then went on to defeat Kalamazoo. With that, the invitational concluded, but the Dutchmen took the opportunity to play local rival RPI while they were both down in Florida. They played four games against the Engineers, splitting them with two wins and two losses.

Upon returning home, the Dutchmen swept Bard, defeating them in all four games they played against them.

Jamie Farber ’16 played well, especially in the Dutchmen’s defeat of Westminster, earning himself Liberty League Performer of the Week honors from the Liberty League.

Against Westminster, Farber had four hits and drove in five runs.

Pitcher Jake Fishman ’17 also performed well, earning himself a spot on the Liberty League Honor Roll.



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