By Kaitlyn Beauregard
After a brutally cold and snow-filled winter, Union is at last glimpsing signs of spring as the softball team returned to Alexander field for back-to-back double headers on Saturday and Sunday. The Dutchwomen hosted the SUNY Plattsburgh Cardinals on Saturday afternoon and welcomed the Manhattanville Valiants on Sunday.
In spite of the team’s unwavering efforts, Union was swept by Plattsburgh on Saturday and dropped the opener on Sunday, but managed to defeat Manhattanville in the second game, thereby salvaging a split and improving their record to 4-12 overall.
In the opener of their long weekend set, the Dutchwomen, led by freshman starting pitcher Amanda Blake, kept the Cardinals off the scoreboard until the fifth inning, and even then held them to a single run. Blake pitched a complete game and struck out seven for Union.
Unfortunately for the Dutchwomen, Plattsburgh, led by starting pitcher Ashley Marshall, kept the Union bats quiet for the majority of the game. The Dutchwomen seemed on the verge of a late inning rally in the bottom of the seventh; Union loaded the bases with no outs, but still the Cardinal defense kept the Dutchwomen off the board with back-to-back outs at home plate, earning the 1-0 win.
In the second game of the day on Saturday, Union fell behind Plattsburgh early and was behind 5-0 in the fifth inning when sophomore first baseman Samantha Chevalier hit her first homerun of the season.
Riding this momentum, the Dutchwomen rallied in the sixth and came within a run of tying the game. Immediately following this, however, Plattsburgh came up with a rally of its own in the seventh to seal their 10-4 victory.
On Sunday, the Dutchwoman jumped back into action with an 8-4 loss to Manhattanville College. The team quickly put this loss behind them, however, and came back in game two ready to play.
Freshman pitcher Alyssa Wolejko allowed only four hits and struck out six in Union’s 7-1 victory over Manhattanville. Chevalier had two hits and four RBIs, including a two-run homer in the fifth, her second homerun in as many days.
In spite of the rocky start, the Union College Dutchwomen ended the weekend on a high note, and, according to head coach Jamie Prudhomme, played “inspiring softball.” Prudhomme hopes that, over the course of the season, her team will be “very competitive,” be “all about the team,” and “have no regrets.” If this weekend is any indication of things to come, it appears that the Union College softball team will rise to these challanges.
The Dutchwomen will play again Saturday, traveling to play the College of Staten Island at 2 p.m. as part of another doubleheader, before competing in another doubleheader against Baruch College Sunday starting at 1 p.m.