Johnson throws no-hitter, Bears split with Saints
CANTON, N.Y. – The SUNY Potsdam softball team (6-6) traveled down the road to face St. Lawrence University (7-7) in a North Country doubleheader Thursday afternoon. The Bears split with the Saints, winning 1-0 and then falling 9-8 in extra innings. Junior pitcher Megan Johnson recorded her first career no-hitter. Johnson joins fellow teammate Ashley Thayer as the only two pitchers to throw no hit games in a Potsdam uniform.
In game one, Potsdam rallied behind a stellar pitching performance by M. Johnson. The Bears notched an early run and then used solid defense in the 1-0 win. Senior captain Heather Johnson got Potsdam off to a fast start with a double to left center field in the first inning. Shortly after, sophomore Carissa Cornwell would step up to the plate and drive in H. Johnson to record the only run of the contest. The Saints threatened in the fourth inning after a walk and a miscue by the Bears put the tying run on third. St. Lawrence's Liz McGinley was poised to bring in her teammate. However, a fly out to Cornwell in right field and a great throw to home would preserve the 1-0 advantage. Potsdam used the momentum to help M. Johnson secure the school's third no-hitter and the victory.
At the plate, H. Johnson was one for three with a double and one run. Cornwell went one for three with one RBI. M. Johnson recorded four strikeouts and one walk in seven innings in a no-hitter performance.
St. Lawrence would rally from six down to defeat the Bears in the final contest of the afternoon. Potsdam set the tone in the first four innings with six unanswered runs. Junior Brittany Thivierge used a single to right field to drive in freshman Jordan Sarat to spark the Bears. The Johnson sisters and freshman Carina Chirinko each notched RBIs to add to the Potsdam lead. Yet, the Saints continued to fight and in the sixth inning the rally would begin. St. Lawrence used several Potsdam mistakes to decrease the deficit to 6-4 going into the final inning of play. The Bears responded, as an error would allow H. Johnson to score to give Potsdam a three run cushion. However, the Saints would rally and capitalize on another miscue to tie the game after seven innings of play. Potsdam could not halt the St. Lawrence momentum in extra innings as the Saints edged the Bears 9-8 for the win.
Thivierge led the Bears, going two for three and recording two RBIs. H. Johnson concluded three for four with two runs scored and one RBI. M. Johnson added a two for four performance and tallied one RBI. Sarat recorded five strikeouts in 4.2 innings pitched and allowed six hits.
Potsdam returns to action tomorrow versus SUNY New Paltz in a SUNYAC doubleheader at 3 p.m.