Saints softball win in extra innings, sweep Bears
Caitlin Syphurs hit an RBI double and later scored in the top of the eighth inning to lead the St. Lawrence University softball team to an 8-6 win over SUNY Potsdam in game one, and Allie Courtwright allowed just one run in complete game effort in a 7-1 win in game two to lead the Saints to non-league sweep of the Bears on Tuesday afternoon.
The Saints jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first game, with Mylea Mann driving home Emma Reakes twice, first on a sacrifice fly in the second inning and with a single in the fourth. Mann scored later in the fourth on an RBI single by Meghan Hyatt.Lauren Brace cut the lead to one with a two-run home run in the bottom of the fourth, and Sarah Hyland and Lacey Saucier added RBI singles later in the inning to give the Bears a 4-3 lead.
Angelina Carney tied the game in the next inning with an RBI single, and Reakes and Meryl Adams scored on wild pitches to give the Saints a 6-4 lead.
Potsdam once again responded, tying the game with a two-run single by Brace in the bottom of the inning.
The score remained tied until the top of the eighth, when Taylor Armijo started the inning at second. She advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Elle Gray then scored on Syphurs' double. Carney gave the Saints a two-run cushion with an RBI single, and the Saints erased the Bears' baserunner on the first at bat of the bottom of the eighth, with Deanna Sullivan fielding a ground ball and looking the runner back to second before throwing on to first for the first out. The runner attempted to advance to third after the throw, and Mann fired the ball to Carney, who tagged the runner out for the second out of the inning. Sullivan caught a pop up to give the Saints the victory in the opener.
Reakes was 2-for-4 with three runs scored for the Saints, while Mann was 2-for-4 with two RBI. Carney went 2-for-5 with two RBI, and Armijo and Hyatt were both 2-for-4 for the Saints.
Brace was 2-for-4 with four RBI for the Bears, while Jordan Ott was 2-for-3 and Megan Fish was 2-for-4.
Hannah Sears got the win for the Saints, allowing two runs on five hits with three strikeouts and one walk in 4.1 innings of relief. Meghan Dougherty took the loss for Potsdam, allowing five runs on nine hits with six strikeouts in four innings of relief.
The Saints took advantage of four Potsdam errors to score six unearned runs in the nightcap, jumping out to a 6-0 lead after three innings and coasting to the victory.
Courtwright was solid in the circle for the Saints, scattering six hits and allowing just one run with five strikeouts and one walk in her second complete game victory of the season.
St. Lawrence took a 2-0 lead on a pair of unearned runs in the second inning, as Carney scored on a fielding error by the third baseman, and Abrianna Schlickenmayer scored from third on a perfectly placed bunt single by Hyatt.
The Saints broke things open in the third inning when Alexandra Barter hit a bases loaded ground ball to the shortstop, who opted to throw home, but the catcher was unable to handle the throw and Gray and Syphurs both scored on the play. Schlickenmeyer added a two-run double to push the lead to six runs.
Chelsea Streeter drove in the Bears' only run on a ground ball out to Sullivan, but Courtwright ended the threat with a fly ball out to Armijo in center field.
Schlickenmayer added an insurance run in the top of the seventh with an RBI single to left field, scoring Syphurs, and while the Bears had a pair of hits in the bottom of the inning, Courtwright got a strikeout, a ground ball out and a fly ball out to end the game.
Schlickenmayer was 2-for-4 with three RBI to lead the Saints' offense, while Gray and Barter were also 2-for-4. Brooke Falsion led Potsdam at the plate, going 2-for-4.
The Saints improved to 15-7 on the season, while Potsdam fell to 3-18. The Saints return to Liberty League play this weekend, hosting Skidmore on Saturday and Clarkson on Sunday.