Softball drops a pair to RIT in doubleheader


softballSoftball took on the Rochester Institute of Technology in a doubleheader on Saturday. Despite entering the its two games against RIT with a record of just 4-16, and winless in Liberty League play, the Dutchwomen remained competitive against a talented Tigers squad. RIT, who is fighting for playoff positioning in the Liberty League and having its best season in the program’s recent history, won the pair of games by scores of 3-2 and 4-1. In game one, it was a defensive showcase early on, with Kim Puzo ’19 making a spectacular over-the-shoulder grab in the first inning to strand a pair of Tiger baserunners before RIT’s Alexa Farmer robbed Courtney Casey ’18 of a line-drive base hit with a diving grab two innings later. The Tigers got on the board when Erin Guinan singled and scored on an RBI triple by Danielle Hotz. Hotz would then come in to score on a wild pitch, making it 2-0 RIT. The Dutchwomen cut the lead in half on a run-scoring double by Carli Voellm ’20 in the fourth. However, the Tigers answered right back in the bottom half of the inning when Sarah Thayer singled home Emily Lazarus. Union added one more unearned run in the fifth. Lauren Mahar of RIT earned her seventh win of the season, allowing just two runs over five innings, striking out three. Torie Adler came on with RIT leading 3-2 and proceeded to close out the game with two shutout innings in relief. Game two remained scoreless until the Tigers crossed the plate three times in the bottom of the third inning. Guinan laced a double down the third base line to plate a pair of runners before later scoring on a double by Hotz. In the fifth, after collecting her second hit of the afternoon, Hotz advanced to second base on a wild pitch before scoring on an RBI single by Tori Blaker, extending the Tiger lead to 4-0. The Dutchwomen got on the board in the sixth inning with Brianna Godlewski ’17 hit a sacrifice fly to score Dana Dolinko ’19. Sierra Valentine recorded the win for RIT, with Adler again coming on for the save in relief, becoming the first Tiger to record a pair of saves in both ends of a double-header in the 38-year history of RIT’s softball program. Dolinko took the loss in both games for the Dutchwomen, tossing a complete game in game one while only allowing three runs on five hits. In game two, Dolinko surrendered but four hits and three runs before being relieved Kara Brown ’19, who allowed one run on three hits in three innings of relief. The Dutchwomen will return to the field on April 27 when they take on Ithaca College at home at 5:30 p.m. on Alexander Field.


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