Potsdam softball drops two in Dot Richardson Spring Fling Tourney
Sunday, March 23, 2014 - 9:12 am

The SUNY Potsdam softball team dropped both of its games on Saturday in day two of the Dot Richardson Tournament in Clermont, Florida.

The Bears lost the first game to Kalamazoo College (MI) 9-0 and then were defeated by Middlebury College (VT) 10-0 in five innings in game two.

Among the highlights for the Bears included another strong showing by freshman shortstop Jordan Ott (Hilton, N.Y. / Hilton) who went 3-for-4 with two triples and a double in the opener and then reached base on a walk and stole a base in game two.

Sophomore third baseman Katie Marsman (Wantagh, N.Y. / Wyoming Seminary) hit 2-for-4 with a stolen base between the two games.

Freshman Erin Murphy (Kingston, N.Y. / Kingston), freshman Noelle Rufa (Helena, N.Y. / St. Lawrence Central), senior Khalshia White (Saint Regis Falls, N.Y. / Saint Regis Falls) and freshman Kelly Becker (Mahopac, N.Y. / Mahopoc) had all one hit apiece.

In game one, Kalamazoo pitcher Erin Duross went the distance and struck out 14 while allowing seven hits and one walk. At the plate, Duross also drove in three runs and scored twice.

The game was broken open with a five-run Hornets fifth inning where it loaded up on six singles, an error and a pair of stolen bases to key the scoring.

Senior pitcher Megan Johnson (Heuvelton, N.Y. / Heuvelton) went the full seven innings for Potsdam, but allowed seven earned runs on 10 hits. She struck out three.

In the second game, Alex Scibetta and Emma Hamilton each drove in a pair of runs as the Panthers scored in each inning to end the game early. Erin Giles and Neve Sterns combined to work five innings of shutout ball while striking out six and walking two.

Senior pitcher Megan Briner (Corinth, N.Y. / Corinth) took the ball for the Bears (0-4) and allowed seven earned runs and nine hits in four innings.

Potsdam will return to the diamond on Sunday morning to take on the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (WI) and Williams College (MA) beginning at 9 a.m.