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NAC Products Aid SUNY Canton Softball Sweep

FORT MYERS, FLThe SUNY Canton softball bats exploded to the tune of 27 runs on 34 hits as the Roos swept Elms College and Curry College by scores of 16-8 and 11-1 on Tuesday on their third day of games in Florida.

The softball team has now won three straight games and has opened the season 5-1, easily the best start in the NCAA Division III era.

THE BASICS

Result: Game 1: SUNY Canton 16, Elms 8 | Game 2: SUNY Canton 11, Curry 1 (5 INN.)Location: Century Link Field #1 – Fort Myers, FLRecords: SUNY Canton (5-1) | Elms (0-5) | Curry (2-4)

HOW IT HAPPENED

GAME 1

The Roos brought four runs across in the top of the first of Tuesday’s opening game. McKenzie Mattison scored on a wild pitch and Alexis Fagnant singled up the middle to bring home Nicole Ferch. Kayla Chavarri provided a two out 2 RBI base hit to right field to plate Sophia Padilla-Gundersen and Fagnant. The Blazers responded with six runs in the bottom half of the inning for a two run lead after one.

Elms extended its lead to 8-4 with a pair of runs in the bottom of the third.SUNY Canton got things going offensively with a 10 spot in the fourth inning. Jordan Knapp opened the scoring in the frame crossing the plate on a wild pitch. Madison Evans placed a ball through the left side bringing Fagnant across.

Madison Austin and Mattison followed with back-to-back RBI walks plating Aleesha LaBow of Gouverneur and Evans. Angelina LoPiccolo kept the inning going with a 2 RBI base hit through the left side to score Edwards-Knox product Shaylyn DeVito and Austin. Ferch ripped a 2 RBI triple to left brining home Mattison and LoPiccolo. Knapp brought in Ferch on an RBI single to right and DeVito concluded the scoring in the sixth when she was hit by a pitch to plate Fagnant.

Canton added two insurance runs, with one each in the sixth and seventh innings.

DeVito legged out an infield single to short as Fagnant crossed home plate for the fourth time in the game, and then Ogdensburg's Callee Zulauf scored on a Knapp sac fly to center.

Kayla Chavarri was credited with the no-decision giving up three earned runs in just under an inning. Alaina Beane was credited with the win as she was the pitcher of record when the Roos plated 10 runs in the top of the fourth.

Beane finished with three strike outs surrendering just one earned run over 2.1 innings.Evans picked up the save as she was outstanding tossing four innings of scoreless ball with six strike outs. Sofie Oliveira took the loss for Elms giving up nine earned runs on nine hits as she posted five strike outs and walked seven batters in 3.1 innings.

GAME 2

The Roos carried their momentum from the opener to the nightcap at the plate as they scored six runs in the top of the first v. Curry. After Mattison and Selena Tasli opened the game with back-to-back singles, Ferch blasted a three-run homer to left center. Zulauf brought in LaBow on a fielder’s choice, DeVito singled home Mackenzie Currie and Tasli drove in Zulauf on an RBI single to complete the scoring in the first.SUNY Canton added one run each in the third and fourth innings along with three in the fifth for the run-rule victory. Ferch tripled in the third inning to score Tasli and Zulauf singled home Fagnant in the fourth.LaBow and Zulauf produced RBI singles in the fifth, while DeVito recorded an RBI ground out. Fagnant was impressive on the mound scattering six hits in a complete game effort. She fanned five batters and gave up just one run in the third inning, which was unearned. Carrigan Costello took the loss for the Colonels giving up eight earned runs on 14 hits over four innings.

WHAT'S NEXT The softball team is off on Wednesday before returning to action on Thursday.


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