Leesburg, FL— Sage's softball team opened the 2019 season in Florida on their spring training trip. First up for Sage's new head coach Erica Li was a match-up with Alverno College. Alverno improves to 7-2, while Sage drops to 0-1. The Gators will be back in action this afternoon facing the College of St. Elizabeth's.
Sage fell in an extra-inning battle, 12-11 in eight innings, but not before they combined for 19 hits and used a huge sixth inning to overcome a 9-2 deficit and tie the action at 9-9 as they headed to the bottom half of the sixth.
Senior outfielder Lindsey Decker (Ballston Lake, NY/Shenendehowa) fueled the comeback effort
with a three RBI home run in the top of the sixth. The Alverno Inferno answered back with a single run in the bottom of the sixth to take a 10-9 lead. The Gators tied it up in the top of the seventh with an unearned run from junior Destiny Wierzbicki (Albany, NY/Troy) to knot play at 10-10. Rookie Alex Henniger (Clifton Park, NY/Shenendehowa) had an RBI single to score Decker and give Sage an 11-10 lead headed to the bottom of the seventh.
Alverno answered back with a single run sending the game to extra-innings, where Alverno had the game-winner in the bottom half of the inning to collect the 12-11 victory.
Decker was 4-6 at the plate with four RBI, a home run and scored a pair of runs. Junior Amanda Kiriakos (Yonkers, NY/Saunders Trade & Technical) was also 4 for 6 at the plate with an RBI and a double.
Sophomore Emily Agate (Franklin Square, NY/H. Frank Carey) picked up a pair of doubles for Sage, while senior Kiersten Duncan (Millerton, NY/Taconic Hills) added her 34th career double making her tied for the No. 7 spot with former Gator, Meghan Welcome (34).
SAGE BATTING LEADERS
2B: Amanda Kiriakos , Kiersten Duncan , Emily Agate (2)
HR: Lindsey Decker
RBI: Amanda Kiriakos , Alicia Swavely , Lindsey Decker (4) , Kiersten Duncan , Emily Agate , Alex Henniger
Sac: Lisa Kentris
Sac Fly: Kiersten Duncan
In the circle for Sage, junior pitcher Alicia Swavely (Rome, NY/Rome Free Academy) worked four innings with four earned runs off 9 hits with 2 strikeouts and 3 walks in the no decision. Rookie pitcher Taylor Dicranian (Bennington, VT/Mt. Anthony Union) took the loss after 3.1 innings of work with 2 earned runs off 8 hits with a walk.
Sage Colleges Pitchers
PITCHERS IP H R ER BB SO HR
Alicia Swavely 4.0 9 9 4 3 2 1
Taylor Dicranian (L, 0-1) 3.1 8 3 2 1 0 0
Totals 7.1 17 12 6 4 2 1