Saints softball team come back to earn split with Potsdam
Friday, April 5, 2013 - 6:56 am

The St. Lawrence University softball team came back from a 6-0 sixth inning deficit to defeat SUNY Potsdam, 9-8, in eight innings. The Saints, who move to 7-7 on the season, avenged a 1-0 loss in the first game of the day to the Bears (6-6).

In the nightcap, Potsdam built a 6-0 lead with the help of six hits over the course of three innings. In bottom of the sixth inning, St. Lawrence begin to cut into the deficit when Cavellier led off with a single, stole second base, and then scored on a single to centerfield from Liz McGinley.

Lauren Weisbarth and Becky Allen both drew walks to load the bases for the Saints, and after Potsdam made the second out of the inning, a fielding error by the first baseman allowed Weisbarth to score. A wild pitch brought Allen home, and then another Potsdam fielding error brought Kieltyka in, bringing the score to 6-4 in favor of Potsdam.

After Potsdam stretched their lead to 7-4 when Heather Johnson singled and would come around to score, the Saints rallied for three runs in the seventh to force an extra inning. With one out, St. Lawrence landed runners on first and second base after consecutive hit by pitches.

Cailyn Welsh followed with a short hit to Potsdam's relief pitcher Ashley Thayer, who looked to get the lead runner but did not make the throw, loading the bases. A sacrifice fly from Allen brought McGinley home, and then a wild pitch allowed Weisbarth to score to bring the Saints within one, 7-6.

At that point, Jordan Sarat, who pitched the Bears to a 6-0 lead through four innings, re-entered the game to try to get her team out of the jam. However, Caroline Kieltyka hit a high fly between second base and right field that proved trouble and hit off a fielder's glove before landing on the ground, allowing Welsh, the game-tying run, to score to force extra innings.

In the eighth inning with a runner on second base due to the international tiebreaker rule, Potsdam laid down two perfect sacrifice bunts to bring a run in and take a 8-7 lead. St. Lawrence responded with a push bunt single from Audra Caine that moved Leslie Stratton to third base, followed by an RBI single to right field from Chelsea Cavellier.

Potsdam opted to load the bases and then forced Caine out at the plate on Weisbarth's fielder's choice. However, Sarat would walk Welsh in the next at bat, allowing the game-winning run to score to give St. Lawrence the 9-8 win.

McGinley earned the win on the mound as she gave up four earned runs off nine hits and struck out nine. Sarat suffered the loss as she allowed six hits and one earned run in 4.2 innings with five strike outs.

In the opener, Potsdam's Megan Johnson threw a no-hitter, shutting out the Saints while striking out four and walking one. Meanwhile, St. Lawrence's Kyle Plimpton allowed no earned runs off three hits and struck out seven batters but suffered the loss on the mound.

The Bears' unearned run in the first inning proved to be enough for the win. H. Johnson led the game off with a double to left center, and after moving to third on a Saint miscue, scored on Carissa Cornwell's ground out to the second baseman.

St. Lawrence's looked to push the tying run across in the bottom of fourth inning when Audra Caine drew a walk and then advanced to third on a Potsdam throwing error on Cavellier's sacrifice bunt. McGinley followed with a fly ball to right field and Caine attempted to tag up and score, but a perfect throw to home plate from Cornwell preserved the Bear's 1-0 lead. Johnson struck out the next batter to get out of the inning.