No. 16 softball hits heading into Saturday’s split with Rochester

TROY, NY – For the second time this season, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)’s No. 16 softball team saw a game fall into the loss column on Saturday afternoon as a comeback in the first game in a 4-2 win preceded a 6-4 loss in game two of a doubleheader at Doris Robison Field.

Game 1

After falling behind 2-0 early, a three-run bottom of the fifth inning lifted the Engineers to a 4-2 victory.

RPI pitcher Brooke Sroczinski ran into trouble in the third inning when she surrendered an RBI double to Riley Laygo and an RBI single to Hannah Keiper as Rochester took a 2-0 lead.

With runs between the two clubs at a premium with Sroczinski and Rochester’s Molly Broccolo – two of the best pitchers in the Liberty League – both pitching, the score remained stagnant until the bottom of the fifth.

Sydney Speanburg opened the inning with a single through the left side of the infield Ryleigh Falvey And Erin Askins both reached base on bunt-singles, loading the bases with no one out. A weak ground ball from Emma Newberry that saw a botched play up the middle and scored a point, putting RPI on the board to make it 2-1.

After Rochester collected a pair of outs on the next batter, Alex Ledger found the gap in left center field to score a pair before being thrown out trying to lay off a double to make the score 3–2 in favor of RPI.

Sroczinski stayed poised down the stretch and kept Rochester off the board for the remainder of the game – finishing with eight strikeouts – while the offense produced an insurance run in the sixth. Speanburg hit another ball to the left side of the infield with a runner on third base, and was misplayed for an error, allowing the run to score.

Game 2

Rochester’s Lauren Keys held off the RPI offense in the second game of the day as the Yellow Jackets held off the Engineers 6-4.

Five combined runs were put on the board for Rochester in the span of the third and fourth innings, before adding another in the sixth. The first hit came from Keiper, a double to the left-center gap, scoring a pair in the top of the third. Keys helped her own cause with an RBI single of her own in the third, while the highlights came from Jenna Gorecki – as she had a pair of RBI singles with one in the fourth and sixth and the final run for Rochester in the sixth.

With things looking bad for the Engineers, they found a spark in the bottom of the sixth with one swing. A walk to Askins, a single out Evan McDowelland a hit pitch to Callista Adorno loaded the bases for RPI. Ledger then delivered her second big swing of the day, this time by a distance as she hit a grand slam to make it 6-4 with still no one out in the inning.

But despite their efforts, Rochester’s Maddie White kept the Engineers off the board the rest of the way as White collected her third save of the season.

RPI returns to action on Wednesday, April 24 at 3:30 PM when they host Hamilton in a doubleheader at Doris Robison Field.

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