Canton, NY – Catcher Shannon Dowling (Oneida, NY) plated four runs on a pair of doubles on Thursday but the SUNY Canton softball team dropped a pair of contests to St. Lawrence University. The Roos (4-13) fell, 3-1 and 8-5, to the Saints (7-13).
Kyle Plimpton put up a dominant pitching performance for St. Lawrence in the opening game as she carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning. Jordan Podkladek (Gansevoort, NY) drew a leadoff walk in the top of the seventh. Shannon Dowling(Oneida, NY) broke up the no-no and shutout all in one swing as she laced a double to left center plating Podkladek from first.
Plimpton threw seven innings giving up just one hit on 14 strikeouts and two walks. Shaylah Morris (Berlin, NY) sprinkled eight hits over seven innings but gave up just one earned run. She struck out one batter and allowed one walk.
The Saints got on the board early in the top of the first when Nicole Matthews scored Natasha Bell on a fielder's choice. The Roos responded with two runs in the bottom of the second as Podkladek drew a leadoff walk. Kaylin Switzer (Orwell, NY) used a sacrifice bunt down the first base line to advance Podkladek into scoring position with one out.
After Kristyn Reynolds (Malone, NY) earned a free pass Jessica Rhodes (Alpine, NY) singled to right field scoring Podkladek and Reynolds moved to third on an error by the right fielder. Arianna Maldonado (Utica, NY) plated the second run of the inning on a fielder's choice to shortstop.
The Saints added a run in the third on a double by Rebecca Allen to left center. St. Lawrence would do a majority of its damage in the fourth with a four run inning. Leslie Stratton and Aisha O'Connor each had RBIs, while Matthews used a 2 RBI triple to right to plate the other two runs. The Saints tacked on two more runs in the sixth as O'Connor and Matthews added another RBI each.
SUNY Canton made a late rally in the final inning. Reynolds opened the bottom of the seventh with a base hit to left and Rhodes drew a walk in the next at-bat. After a pair of strikeouts Sharon Cordero (Goshen, NY) showed patience walking to load the bases for Dowling. The catcher once again came up in the clutch belting a double deep into left center to empty the bases. Although the late rally came up short the Roos put up their highest run total of any inning on the day.
Hannah Sears earned her second win of the season giving up five runs on six hits in seven innings for St. Lawrence. She struck out seven batters and walked four. Podkladek tossed seven innings striking out four and walking one.
The Roos are back in action Friday at 3 p.m. for a doubleheader on the road against Penn State Hazleton. The Saints return to the diamond Friday for a Liberty League battle at Skidmore College beginning at 2 p.m.