NEW PALTZ, NY — The SUNY New Paltz softball team took the first game of a scheduled doubleheader against Mount St. Mary and had the second game called due to darkness following the bottom of the fifth with the score tied at 1-1.
In the first game, junior Laura Thomas (Bayshore, NY) pitched seven innings of five-hit ball and the Hawks (4-8- 1) used a two-run third inning to defeat the Blue Knights 7- 4. Thomas also chipped in at the plate with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the third that broke up a 3-3 tie and put SUNY New Paltz ahead for good.
Sophomore first baseman Liz McPartlan (Huntington Station, NY) went 2-for-3 and had an RBI single in a two-run fourth that extended the Hawks advantage to 7-3. Junior shortstop Jessica Schropfer (Glen Oaks, NY) went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and freshman outfielder Amy O’Brien (LaGrangeville, NY) had two hits and a run scored in three trips to the plate. Thomas walked two and struck out seven to improve to 3-4. Junior Adrianne Quinn (Washingtonville, NY) was the losing pitcher and fell to 1-1. She pitched six innings and gave up seven runs on six hits.
Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the third of the second game, SUNY New Paltz got the equalizer on a bases loaded RBI single by junior catcher Danielle Zakrzewski (Flushing, NY). The Hawks, who left the bases loaded twice in the first three innings, had a runner on third with one out in the bottom of the fifth but were unable to push home the go ahead run. The game was then called due to darkness and it’s an official game that will not be continued. McPartlan went 2-for-3 at the plate for Hawks. Freshman pitcher Carrie Briscoe (Stuyvesant, NY) had her finest outing of the season for the Hawks and allowed just two hits in five innings.
Sophomore right fielder Sarah Studler (Pleasant Valley, NY) had the lone RBI for Mount St. Mary (2-1-1). On the mound, Quinn and senior Jen Flynn (Bristol, CT) combined to allow six hits for the Blue Knights.