Saxon softball team rallies late to earn doubleheader split with Utica
HORNELL, NY — Junior leftfielder Samijo Scheer (Corning, NY/Corning East) hit a game-tying two-run homerun in the sixth inning as the Alfred University softball team rallied to erase a three-run deficit, then scored a run in the seventh to win 6-5 and salvage a doubleheader split with visiting Empire 8 Conference foe Utica Saturday afternoon at Hornell High School.
After falling, 11-0, in the opener, Alfred’s comeback win improved the Saxons’ record to 8-10 overall (4-2 Empire 8). Utica fell to 12-8 overall and 1-3 in conference play.
In the second game, the first three innings were scoreless before Utica tallied a run in the fourth and three in the fifth to take a 4-0 lead. AU cut the deficit in half with a pair in the bottom of the fifth. Freshman Nora Passuite (Lockport, NY/Lockport) stroked a two-out double that plated freshman pinch hitter Mackenzie Miller (Newport, OR/Newport) and Scheer.
Utica pushed its lead back to three with a run in the sixth before AU rallied in the home half of the frame. Freshman shortstop Nicole Maher (Newark, DE/Caravel Academy) walked and came around to score on a two-out single by senior catcher Hana Gross (Union, NJ/Union). Scheer then homered over the left-center fence on the first pitch she saw and the game was tied.
Utica put runners on first and third with no outs in the seventh, but AU freshman Katelyn Jakobsen (Elmwood Park, IL/Elmwood Park) got out of the jam with a shallow fly-out to left, a strikeout and another fly-out to left. In the bottom of the seventh, junior rightfielder Stephanie Aguello (Placentia, CA/Vista del Lago) led off with a single and moved to second when Passuite walked. Both runners moved up a base on a sacrifice and after Jakobsen struck out, Maher hit a fly down the right field line that dropped in for a single, allowing Arguello to cross the plate with the winning run.
Scheer finished 2-for-2 with two runs and two RBIs; Gross (RBI, run scored) and Passuite (two RBIs) each went 1-for-2; and Maher and Miller each scored once. Jakobsen earned her first collegiate in relief of sophomore starter Alison Wickwire (Towanda, PA/Towanda). Jakobsen threw 1 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing two hits, to improve to 1-3 on the season. Wickwire allowed five runs (four earned) on five hits while striking out two and walking six in 5 1/3 innings.
In the first game, broke open a close game late, plating five runs in both the sixth and seventh innings to take the 11-0 victory.
Arguello, freshman catcher Jasmine Picini (Alexandria, VA/West Potomac), Maher, Scheer and junior outfielder Rachel Guszick (Sparrowbush, NY/Port Jervis) each hit singles for the Saxons. Sophomore pitcher Jessica O’Sullivan (Habersham, SC/Groton-Dunstable (MA) Regional) suffered her first loss of the year, falling to 5-1 after allowing eight runs (seven earned) on 12 hits while striking out three in 6 2/3 innings.
Alfred is in action next on Monday, April 8, at 3 p.m., when the Saxons host a doubleheader with RIT. The non-league games were originally scheduled for March 20 but were postponed due to poor weather.
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