SOFTBALL TAKES TWO CONFERENCE VICTORIES THURSDAY AT AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL

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Springfield, MA — The Le Moyne College softball team won two Northeast-10 Conference contests on Thursday afternoon against American International College.

The Dolphins won the first game of the doubleheader in six innings by a score of 8-0, then took a 6-0 lead in the bottom of 2n/a in Game 2 before earning a 9-3 win over the Yellow Jackets.

“We swung the sticks consistently in both games. (CJ) Barrett, (Isabelle) Boudreau and (Alyssa) Dybacz have been solid all year offensively. Laura (Bennett) would pitch every inning of every game if I let her. She wants the ball and the responsibility that comes with leading us through tough situations. Her competitiveness and insatiable desire to win makes her hard to beat,” said Head Coach Moyne. Tracey Roman after today’s wins.

Redshirt-second right handed Laura Bennett (Corning, NY/Corning-Painted Post) pitched the 13.0 innings of the conference doubleheader Thursday to earn his ninth and 10th pitching decision victories of the season. She allowed just four hits, one walk and zero runs, while recording 11 strikeouts in the 8-0 victory, then allowed just two earned runs and struck out seven batters in the win. 9-3.

Senior right fielder Victoria Catalano (Fairport, NY/Fairport) hit his first home run of the season, a solo hit, in the 4and inning of Game 1 and finished the doubleheader with two hits, two walks, two runs scored and three RBIs.

Isabelle Boudreau (Memramcook, New Brunswick/Mathieu-Martin/Pace), Alyssa Dybacz (Baldwinsville, NY/Charles W. Baker), and Cassidy Barrette (Apalachin, NY/Vestal) each recorded three hits in 13 combined innings of action Thursday.

Brooke Nicholas (Liverpool, NY/Cicero-North Syracuse) went 2-4 with a brace, two runs scored and two RBIs in the second win.

Le Moyne took a 1-0 lead late in 1st inning during the first game.

Boudreau landed a first bunt single, then stole second base on the next at-bat. Nicolaos hit a fly ball in the center of the field, which was deep enough for Boudreau to score and take third base. Barrett walked a walk, then Dybacz threw an RBI sacrificial fly to left field that brought Boudreau home to score.

Bennett hit the side high of the 3rdthen the ‘Phins doubled their lead late in the inning.

Just like the first time, Boudreau started the inning with a bunt single. Nicolaos made a sacrificial bunt in Le Moyne’s next game at bat, and Boudreau was able to move up to third from first on the play. With two outs in the inning, Dybacz hit to the left side of the infield for his second run proceeds of the game to give the Dolphins a 2-0 lead.

Bennett got another 1-2-3 innings on top of 4andthen Le Moyne added four runs late in the set.

Catalano took the lead from the bottom of the 4and with a solo home run over the left field fence to make it 3-0, then Dominique Rinaldi (Sayville, NY/Sayville) singled with the bases cleared and advanced to second on a field error.

With Rinaldi at second base and no one out, Makenzie Konik (Scotia, NY/Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake) battled it out and made a sacrificial bunt to move Rinaldi up to third.

Boudreau singled to shortstop, which drove Rinaldi in, and was able to advance to second on the play on a pitching error.

Nicolaos reached base on a field error and Boudreau advanced to third. Nicolaos stole the second, and Boudreau scored on a wild pitch to make it 5-0 for the Dolphins.

Barrett ripped a single down the right side to drive to Nicolaos, then after a Dybacz infield single, Elaina Kassap (Long Beach, NY/Long Beach) picked left field to sink Barrett and extend Le Moyne’s lead to 7-0.

Bennett allowed a first single at the top of the 5andbut Le Moyne recorded one out on a sacrificial bunt, then Bennett retired the next two batters (both swinging) to end the inning and keep his shutout intact.

Boudreau took the lead from the bottom of the 6and for Le Moyne and reached base safely on a field error, then Nicolaos moved her into scoring position with a sacrificial bunt to the third baseman.

Barrett drew a step, then Dybacz drew a step to load the bases. Catalano then went to home plate and drew an RBI walk that made ‘Phins 8-0 and ended the contest.

In the second game of Thursday’s NE10 doubleheader, Le Moyne opened a 6-0 lead late in 2n/a inning.

Dybacz led the bottom of the 2n/a with a brace in the center-right gap, then Kassap drew. Catalano ripped a single into right center field that drove Dybacz up. Konik drew a step to load the bases, then Taylor Cox (Neversink, NY/Tri-Valley Secondary School), who was running for Kassap, scored from third base on a wild pitch to make it 2-0.

Catalano scored on a wild pitch and then Konik scored on a passed ball to put Le Moyne ahead 4-0.

A single from Nicolaos to right field followed by a pitching error on the play allowed Boudreau to cross the plate, then Barrett led Nicolaos with a single to the right side of infield to extend Le Moyne’s lead to 6-0.

Bennett conceded his first run of the afternoon in the top 4and when the AIC scratched a run via bunt single, left field single and wild pitch.

Dominique Russo (Hopewell Junction, NY/John Jay) drew a walk for Le Moyne to lead the bottom of the 4andthen Boudreau was hit by a pitch to put the runners first and second with zero outs.

Russo and Boudreau double-stealed to put the runners up for second and third, then Nicolaos hit a two-run double RBI in left field to make it 8-1.

Barrett ripped a single into center field to move Nicolaos to third, then Nicolaos scored on a wild pitch later in the inning to make it 9-1.

Le Moyne had a chance to finish the game in the top 5and due to the 8-point rule, but the Yellow Jackets rallied and scored two points to stay in the game.

Bennett delivered a top 1-2-3 from 6andthen recorded two strikeouts in the final inning to close the game and secure the ‘Phins 9-3 win.

The Le Moyne College softball team will be in action on Saturday April 23 in a doubleheader at Saint Michael’s College against the Purple Knights.

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