The women’s softball team headed into this past weekend looking to open up the conference on a strong note.
After starting the year with a 3-9 record, the Dutchwomen had an opportunity to rebound from a four game losing streak with home doubleheaders against the University of Rochester and the Rochester Institute of Technology.
The Dutchwomen began their weekend against the Yellowjackets, and started off their first game well.
The first inning saw a run scored from Union’s Danni Hennel ’16 to take an early lead. The strong start continued in the second inning as Kim Puzo ’16 crossed the plate off of an RBI single from Hennel.
However, Rochester took over from there with three homers in the middle of the game which lead to a 7-2 victory. In the second matchup, however, Union flipped the script on Rochester, who got out to an early 2-0 lead through the top of the third inning.
In the bottom half, the Dutchwomen fought back with runs scored from Hennel and Kara Brown ’19 on singles from Courtney Casey ’18 and Joanna Chalifloux ’16.
Union again fell behind 5-3 heading into the bottom half of the sixth, but rallied once more with a four run inning to take a 7-5 lead entering the finale frame.
From there, Dana Dolinko ’19 closed out the game on the mound, earning her third win of the season.
On day two, the Dutchwomen looked to continue the momentum against RIT and improve to 2-1 in league play. The Tigers got on the board early with an RBI double in the first inning.
Union would respond in the bottom of the third however with a huge three-run double off the bat of Casey and didn’t look back from there. Dolinko rebounded from her shaky start, and went on to pitch six strong innings allowing six hits while striking our four as the Dutchwomen earned the win.
Shortly after came the second half of the doubleheader with the Tigers who came out seeking revenge. They put up four runs on Hennel in the first inning and led 6-0 at the end of the third.
Union got one run back when Hennel scored off a single from Joanna Chalifloux, but that was all the offense the Dutchwomen were able to muster. RIT would go on to win the game 9-1 in five innings, splitting the day with Union.
The Dutchwomen now sit with an overall record of 5-11 on the year, but their 2-2 start to conference play has them sitting at third in the Liberty League.
Their next conference matchup will be a doubleheader set for this coming Sunday at St. Lawrence, as they look to continue their strong start in league play.