Buffalo State takes two from Potsdam


The SUNY Potsdam softball team took steps forward by holding a lead in each of its games at Buffalo State, but fell 6-3 in game two and 7-1 in game one under seasonably warm temperatures in the 70s on Sunday afternoon.

In game two, the Bears (1-13, 1-3 SUNYAC) got off to a positive start by taking a 1-0 lead on freshman right fielder Noelle Rufa's (Helena, N.Y. / St. Lawrence Central) double that plated freshman shortstop Jordan Ott (Hilton, N.Y. / Hilton).

The Bengals (12-8, 6-2 SUNYAC) answered back with a four-run bottom half of the first inning on four singles, a double and two stolen bases. Left fielder Joanna Bardak had the big knock, a two-run double down the left-field line that brought home Jenna Clarke and Taylor Swiatek.  Bardak finished 3-for-3 with three RBI.

Potsdam chipped away at the lead on a pair of solo home runs by sophomore designated player Katie Marsman (Wantagh, N.Y. / Wyoming Seminary) and sophomore second baseman Alexis Lerman (Fayetteville, N.Y. / Jamesville-Dewitt).  It was each player's first home run of the season and second career blast.

Ott finished 2-for-4 with a stolen base and a run scored while freshman left fielder Kelly Becker (Mahopac, N.Y. / Mahopac) also hit 2-for-4 with a double.

In game one, Potsdam kept Buffalo State scoreless for five innings behind the pitching of senior Megan Johnson (Heuvelton, N.Y. / Heuvelton) and freshman Brittaney Barr (Ogdensburg, N.Y. / Ogdensburg) before a seven-run fourth inning by the Bengals put them ahead for good in a 7-1 win against the Bears.

Potsdam had taken a 1-0 lead heading into the bottom of the fourth after Ott had driven in freshman first baseman Erin Murphy (Kingston, N.Y. / Kingston) on a RBI single in the top of the second inning.

Ott, who has reached base at least once in 12 of 14 games thus far this season, is batting .350 (14-for-40 with seven walks) and is slashing a .458 on-base percentage, a .550 slugging percentage and has 22 total bases.  She leads the team in all four categories.

Johnson was saddled with the loss, but allowed no earned runs on six hits in four innings of work.  She struck out one and walked only one.  Johnson has allowed no earned runs in her last 10 innings of work over her last two starts while striking out four and walking only two.

Barr tossed two scoreless innings in relief and allowed just one hit.

Buffalo State was able to take advantage of three errors by the Bears in the fourth inning to extend the inning before receiving a big fly from sophomore Stephanie Novo, who hit a three-run home run during the frame to make it 6-1.

Marsman batted 2-for-4 from the three-hole while senior Khalshia White (Saint Regis Falls, N.Y / Saint Regis Falls), senior Brittany Thivierge (Schuylerville, N.Y. / Schuylerville) and Murphy each collected a hit.

Potsdam returns to action on Tuesday in a home date with St. Lawrence at 3 p.m. for a nonconference twin bill.  It is the Bears home opener.