Big hit eludes Potsdam as Bears drop softball games to Elmhurst, Concordia
Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 8:17 am

The SUNY Potsdam softball team couldn't quite get the big out or the big hit needed during the opportune time.

As a result, the Bears dropped two more games in Clermont, Florida, to wrap up their trip to the Dot Richardson Tournament with a 10-0 loss to Elmhurst College (IL) and a 4-0 defeat to Concordia University (WI) on Wednesday.

Potsdam (0-10) will fly back to New York State on Thursday and will attempt to open up SUNYAC play at Oswego on Friday in a doubleheader. Weather could push the games back another couple days, but no official word has been given.

In game one against the Blue Jays, the Bears had an opportunity to get back into the game, but left the bases loaded without getting a run across in the second inning. Potsdam threatened to score again in the third inning, but left two more runners on base. In all, they left six runners on base without getting one across the plate.

Potsdam did have its moments. In the bottom half of the third with Elmhurst runners on first and second and nobody out, Potsdam avoided allowing a big inning when senior Shannon Pagliaro (Beacon, N.Y. / Beacon) stepped on third base and then threw across the diamond to freshman first baseman Erin Murphy (Kingston, N.Y. / Kingston) to complete a 5-3 double play.

Senior Megan Johnson (Heuvelton, N.Y. / Heuvelton) got the next batter Rachel Cooke to ground out to shortstop Jordan Ott (Hilton, N.Y. / Hilton) to end the inning.

Potsdam was retired in order in the top half of the fourth and in the bottom half, a costly error allowed the inning to continue and opened the door for a two-run by Elie Walter. A second error in the inning allowed Walter to come across and gave Elmhurst a 10-0 lead.

Senior catcher Brittany Thivierge (Schuylerville, N.Y. / Schuylerville) batted 2-for-2 with a couple of singles. Senior Khalshia White (Saint Regis Falls, N.Y. / Saint Regis Falls) was 1-for-2.

Walter finished 3-for-3 with a triple, two runs and two RBI. Mikayla Melone drove in three runs on a double and Alyssa Jasinski scored three times and had two RBI for Elmhurst (7-4).

In game two, senior Megan Briner (Corinth, N.Y. / Corinth) turned in her finest pitching performance of the season thus far but the Bears were unable to generate enough offense to get her the victory.

Briner (0-3) went seven innings and allowed four runs—only two earned—on four hits and struck out two. She only walked one.

Falcons' right fielder Alyssa Robison delivered a big blow in the top of the first inning when her two-run single with two outs brought home Marisa Hahn and Alexis Holsten to give Concordia a 2-0 advantage.

Concordia scratched a run in the second on a fielding error, passed ball, stolen base and throwing error to put them up 3-0.