NEW PALTZ, NY — The SUNY New Paltz softball team hosted Brockport in a double-header this afternoon and lost to the Golden Eagles, 6-2, 7-4.
The Hawks took a 1-0 lead in the third. Junior Joelle Von Bischoffhausen doubled to right field and advanced to third on a bunt by Gina Marano. Erin Fitzpatrick hit a sacrifice fly to right field, scoring Von Bischoffhausen.
The Eagles tied the game in the top of the fourth with a run on a sacrifice fly. In the bottom of the inning Lauren Motzkin doubled to left field and advanced to third on a Dale Cornelius single up the middle. Amalia DiTrapani grounded out to the pitcher on a sacrifice bunt to score Motzkin.
Brockport scored two runs in the fifth to take the 3-2 lead and tallied three insurance runs in the sixth. The Hawks loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh but the Golden Eagles held strong to get the next three batters.
Kelly O’Hea took the loss on the mound, allowing eight hits, six runs, one walk and striking out three.
In the second game of the double-header the Hawks fell 7-4. New Paltz tallied a run in each of the first four innings to take a 4-2 lead. In the first, Elizabeth May was walked and advanced to second and third on passed balls. Motzkin reached on a fielder’s choice, scoring May. In the second, Melyssa Cilmi was hit by a pitch and advanced to second on a bunt by Von Bischoffhausen. Marano advanced all runners on a bunt, to set the stage for Fitzpatrick’s single to left field to score Cilmi. In the third inning, Motzkin singled up the middle and advanced to second on a bunt by Dale Cornelius. DiTrapani advanced runners with a sacrifice bunt and Cilmi singled to left field to send Motzkin home. In the fourth, May walked and scored on a Motzkin double to right field.
The Golden Eagles rallied in the bottom of the fifth to score five runs and take the ball game 7-4.
First year Molly Squires pitched four innings and allowed seven hits, four runs, three walks and struck out one batter. O’Hea came in for relief in the final two innings and allowed five hits and three runs.
The Hawks fall to 4-12 on the season and 0-4 in conference play. New Paltz returns to action on Thursday, April 5th when they travel to John Jay.