Bears sweep Hornets in season opener
GLENS FALLS, N.Y. – The SUNY Potsdam softball team (2-0) received homeruns from freshmen Katie Marsman and Jordan Sarat in a sweep of Lyndon State (4-6) Friday afternoon. The Bears shut out the Hornets in the first contest by a score of 9-0 and then edged Lyndon State 6-3 in the second game.
In the first matchup, junior Ashley Thayer led the Bears to a 9-0 shutout in her first appearance on the mound this season. The Winthrop native allowed four hits and recorded five strikeouts in five innings of play. Marsman opened up her career in the Potsdam uniform with a three run bomb to center field in the first inning. The Bears continued to swing and in the fourth inning junior Megan Johnson singled to drive in teammate Molly McCuin. Thayer, McCuin, and senior Amanda Perry all added RBIs in the inning. Senior captain Heather Johnson would connect on a triple and tally two runs batted in to cap the 9-0 victory.
Marsman went two for three with one homerun and three RBIs. H. Johnson concluded the first game two for three with two RBIs.
The second contest resulted in a comeback victory for Potsdam. The Bears scored first when Heather Johnson drove in Thayer. The Hornets would respond in the third inning with a single through the right side gap to notch the game at 1-1. Sarat gave Potsdam the lead in the top of the fifth with her first career solo homerun. However, Lyndon State responded with a triple to drive in two runs to claim a 3-2 lead in the fifth. With two outs in the final scheduled inning of the game, Sarat stepped up again with another blast over the fence to tie the game at 3-3. Thayer would come in and relieve Sarat on the mound to shut down the Hornets offense. Heather Johnson stepped up to drive in two runs in the top of the eighth and added a score of her own to lift Potsdam to a 6-3 win. Sarat allowed four hits in 4.1 innings and recorded seven strikeouts on the hill.
H. Johnson finished with three RBIs. Sarat went three for two with two homeruns and two RBIs.
The Bears are off until Spring Break when they travel to Titusville, Fla. for a tough nine game slate. The squad will face Ecclesia College on Mar. 22 at 9 a.m.