Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Softball Splits With No. 7 Berry

Recap, photo courtesy of Ithaca College
LA VERNE, Calif. – The No. 3 Ithaca College softball team split with No. 7 Berry on Monday afternoon, winning the first game 6-1 before dropping the second 8-6. The Bombers are now 3-1 on the season.

Game 1 | Ithaca 6, Berry 1

Ithaca put the first two runs up on the board in the bottom of the first inning, starting with a Vanessa Brown double to right centerfield before advancing to third on a Gabby Laccona sacrifice bunt.

Brown was driven in on an Alex Wright single for the first run of the game. Wright then scored on an
Abby Shields single to centerfield to go up 2-0.

After a scoreless second inning, Berry added a run of its own in the top of the third inning. Samantha Crabtree started it off with a single left before scoring on a Bayleigh Masterson double.

The Bombers put up another run in the bottom of the fourth inning. Hannah Anderson led off with a single to right and advanced to second on a fielding error. Annie Cooney then reached first on an error, which sent Anderson to third base. First-year Daniella Mulvey drove in Anderson with a single up the middle, putting IC up 3-1.

Ithaca had a three-run sixth inning to add a cushion to its lead which Berry could not recover from.

Emily Holden reached first on an error and headed to second on another error from the second baseman. Vanessa Brown drove in Holden for the first run of the inning with a double.

Brown then scored on a Laccona double to left to give the Bombers a 5-1 advantage. IC added its final run of the inning and the game on a Wright double to left, which brought in Laccona.

Wright finished 3-for-3 with two RBI, a run scored and a stolen base while Brown went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and one RBI.

Crabtree finished 2-for-3 for Berry with a run scored and a walk.

Haley Congdon picked up her second win of the season in the circle, striking out two while allowing five hits in 4.1 innings of work. Holden came on in relief and struck out three in 2.2 innings.

Game 2 | Berry 8, Ithaca 6

Although the Bombers scored the first run of the game, Berry ultimately came back to outscore IC by two runs.

Ithaca jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning, starting with a single to left field from Brown. A Laccona ground out advanced Brown to second base and a Wright single up the middle brought her home to give Ithaca the advantage.

Berry answered right back in the bottom half of the inning thanks to back-to-back homeruns from Kaitlin Seger and Kayla Sangrey. Seger's homer brought in Masterson, who drew a walk during her at-bat.

The Bombers came back and tied the game up in the top of the second inning. Mulvey led off with a double to center field before Shannon Grage reached first on a shortstop error. Nikkey Skuraton laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance the runners and an error by the catcher allowed Mulvey to score.

The tying run scored on a Wright sacrifice fly, which brought in Grage and made it 3-3.

Berry struck again in the bottom of the third inning. Masterson sent a single to left center and advanced on a Seger single. Both runners advanced a base on a wild pitch before Sangrey drew a walk to load the bases.

Masterson scored the first run of the inning on a passed ball before Seger scored on a Brooke Whittemor single to right field to give the Vikings a 5-3 advantage.

The Bombers pulled within one run in the top of the fourth inning. Laccona sent a two-out single to left field and scored on a Wright double to left center.

Ithaca added two more runs in the top of the fifth inning to take a 6-5 lead over Berry.

Anderson led off with a walk and advanced to third on a catcher's throwing error after a Cooney sacrifice. Anderson then scored on a catcher's throwing error to even the score, 5-5. Cooney added the go-ahead run after a fielding error on a Skuraton hit.

Berry took the final lead of the game with a three-run fifth inning.

Seger led off with a double to left center and advanced to third on a Sangrey single up the middle. Whittemor then sent a single to second, scoring Seger and tying things up, 6-6.

Whittemor then stole second and advanced to third on a catcher's throwing error, allowing Sangrey to score the go-ahead run. Whittemor scored on a Kristin Hunt single to the pitcher to give the Vikings an 8-6 edge.

The Bombers could not put together anymore runs to overcome Berry. In the top of the sixth inning, Laccona singled to left and then stole second before Wright drew a walk. Both runners advanced on a Shields sacrifice bunt and Cooney drew a walk to load the bases, but all runners were left stranded.

Holden sent a single to center before Skuraton drew a walk in the top of the seventh, but both runners were left on base, ending the game.

Wright finished 2-for-3 on the day with three RBI while Laccona and Mulvey each went 2-for-4 with one run scored.

Seger went 3-for-4 with three runs scored and two RBI for Berry.

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