Saints softball loses pair to Ithaca
Saturday, April 14, 2018 - 8:32 am

Vanessa Brown went a combined 4-for-7 with four RBI to lead the Ithaca College softball team to a 5-1, 10-5 sweep over St. Lawrence University in a pair of Liberty League games on Friday afternoon at Saints Softball Field in Canton.

Elle Gray and Angelina Carney both had multiple-hit games to lead the Saints.

Game 1 – Ithaca 5, St. Lawrence 1

Brown got Ithaca's offense started in the first inning, hitting a two-out double that dropped in front of a diving Mylea Mann in short right field, then scoring on a line drive to left center by Abby Shields. The Bombers tacked on another run on a sacrifice fly by Ellie Murray in the second to take a 2-0 lead.

Saints' rookie catcher Skylar Hein cut the lead to one with an RBI single to left in the third, but Ithaca extended the lead to three in the top of the fourth. Shortstop Deanna Sullivan made a shoestring catch on a line drive and tried to double off a runner at third, but the ball bounced into the Saints' dugout, and the umpire ruled that both the runner at third and the runner at second could advance to home plate and score.

Ithaca tacked on an insurance run in the seventh on an RBI single by Brown, who finished the first game 2-for-3 at the plate.

Gray led the Saints' offense, going 2-for-3 with a walk.

Ithaca's Haley Congdon threw a complete game for the victory, allowing one run on five hits with five strikeouts and one walk.

Allie Courtwright took the loss, allowing four runs (two earned) on three hits with one strikeout and two walks in four innings of work. McKailey Lyndaker pitched well in relief, allowing one unearned run on three hits and a walk.

Game 2 – Ithaca 10, St. Lawrence 5

The Saints had a 3-1 lead after two innings, but Ithaca scored at least one run in each of the last five innings, including four in the seventh, for the come-from-behind victory.

Brown once again sparked the offense in the first with an RBI double to left center to give Ithaca a 1-0 lead.

The Saints tied it up in the bottom of the first with a bases loaded walk by Carney, then took their first lead of the game when Sullivan and Lyndaker scored on a fielding error in the second.

Brown cut the lead to one with an RBI double down the left field line in the third, and Hannah Anderson tied the game with a leadoff home run in the fourth.

With runners at first and third in the top of the fifth, Gabby Laccona laid down a bunt that died right in front of home plate, and Annie Cooney sprinted home and just got around Hein's tag to give the Bombers a 4-3 lead. Shields added an RBI single later in the inning, and, as a light sprinkle started to turn into a steady rain, Cooney lined a triple to the wall in right center to extend the lead to three in the sixth.

Alex Wright drove in two more runs with a line drive up the middle in the seventh as the Bombers scored four runs to take a 10-3 lead.

Carney hit a two-run single to deep right center in the bottom of the seventh to cap the scoring.

Cooney was 3-for-4 for Ithaca, while Brown and Wright were both 2-for-4. Carney led the Saints' offense, going 2-for-3 at the plate with three RBI.

Beth Fleming earned the win, relieving Emily Holden after the second inning and allowing two runs on five hits with six strikeouts and two walks in five innings of work. Caroline Young took the loss, relieving Lyndaker after three innings and allowing three runs on five hits in 1.1 innings. Lyndaker allowed two runs on three hits in three innings in her first career start.

Records: Ithaca (13-7, 4-2 Liberty League); St. Lawrence (8-10, 0-2).

Up Next: The doubleheader vs. Union, originally scheduled for Sunday in Canton that was moved to Saturady at Union, has now been postponed. The Saints' next scheduled game will take place at RIT on Tuesday, April 17, at 3 p.m.