AU softball team sweeps Stevens
HOBOKEN, NJ — The Alfred University softball team swept a doubleheader from host Stevens Institute of Technology in Empire 8 Conference play Saturday afternoon.
The Saxons (12-10 overall) won the opener, 5-1, and took the second game, 2-1, to improve to 6-2 in league play.
In the opener, sophomore pitcher Jessica O’Sullivan (Habersham, SC/Groton-Dunstable (MA) Regional) struck out nine and allowed a run on four hits to improve to 7-1 on the year, and senior second baseman Maressa Mistretta (Shirley, NY/Longwood) capped a 2-for-3, two-run game with a two-run homerun in the seventh.
After four scoreless innings, AU scored three in the fifth. Stevens cut the Saxon lead to two with a run in the bottom of the sixth before Mistretta’s blast in the seventh gave AU some insurance.
Junior outfielder Samijo Scheer (Corning, NY/Corning East) went 1-for-1 with a run scored and an RBI; sophomore Alison Wickwire (Towanda, PA/Towanda) drove in a run with a bases-loaded walk; and freshman shortstop Nicole Maher (Newark, DE/Caravel Academy) had a hit and scored a run.
In the second game, AU rallied from a run down to score single runs in the fourth and six innings. Sophomore Samantha Jo Muller (Port Jervis, NY/Port Jervis) got the win in relief of O’Sullivan, who started but wound up earning the save.
Senior first baseman Hana Gross (Union, NJ/Union) hit an RBI single in the fourth that scored Maher with the tying run, and Wickwire’s double in the sixth scored Maher with the game-winner. Mistretta was 2-for-4 and freshman catcher Jasmine Picini (Alexandria, VA/West Potomac) and Maher were each 2-for-3.
O’Sullivan started and went 4 2/3 innings before leaving with two on and two outs in the fifth of a 1-1 game. Muller stranded the runners to get out of the jam and after AU took the lead in the sixth, O’Sullivan re-entered in the bottom of the sixth and hurled two scoreless innings to get the save. She allowed a run on seven hits and struck out three.
The Saxons play next on Sunday, April 14, when they host Penn College in a 1 p.m. doubleheader that will mark the opening of Harrington Field, Alfred’s new on-campus field.
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