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AU’s Folts hits four homers in doubleheader sweep of Pitt-Bradford
3/25/09

BRADFORD, PA – Junior second baseman Karen Folts (Penn Yan, NY/Penn Yan) hit four homeruns and drove in 11 runs as the Alfred University softball team swept a doubleheader Wednesday at Pitt-Bradford.

AU remained perfect on the season, improving its record to 14-0 with a 5-4 win in the opener and a 16-3 victory in the nightcap.

Folts hit a school-record three homeruns and drove in a school record eight runs in the second game. She finished the contest with four hits in five at-bats and scored three times. Junior shortstop Samantha Rollins (Hornell, NY/Hornell) went 3-for-5 with four runs and three RBIs; junior leftfielder Shannon Mather (Endicott, NY/Union-Endicott) was 3ofor-4 with a triple, two runs scored and one driven in; and junior centerfielder Jessica Figallo (Ridgewood, NJ/Ridgewood) had two hits and scored three times.

Freshman Sarah Scanlon (Mishawaka, IN/Mishawaka) earned the pitching victory in relief of freshman starter Nicole Hedrick (Albany, NY/Catholic Central). Scanlon went 5 2/3 innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits and striking out four.

In the first game, Folts went 2-for-3 with a double and a three-run homerun. After two scoreless innings, AU tallied four in the top of the third and a single run in the fourth to take a 5-2 lead. The host Panthers scored single runs in the fourth and fifth to account for the game’s final tallies.

Junior third baseman Jesika LeBarron (Campbell, NY/Corning West) also hit a solo homer for the Saxons. Mather went 2-for-3 with a run while Rollins and sophomore first baseman Ashley Passaro (Long Beach, NY/Long Beach) each scored a run.

Sophomore Chelsey Cary (Corfu, NY/Pembroke) started for AU, pitching 3 2/3 innings and allowing three unearned runs on three hits while striking out four. Hedrick got the win in relief, going 3 1/3 innings and allowing a run on three hits and striking out one.

Alfred is in action next on Saturday, March 28, when the Saxons open their Empire 8 Conference slate with a 1 p.m. doubleheader at Nazareth.