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AU softball team sweeps Utica; LeBarron sets RBI record
4/05/09

HORNELL, NY – The Alfred University softball team swept a doubleheader from visiting Utica College Sunday afternoon at Hornell High School. The Lady Saxons (16-2) won the opener, 9-2, and the second game, 5-2, to even their Empire 8 Conference record at 2-2.

Sophomore pitcher Chelsey Cary (Corfu, NY/Pembroke) won both games for AU, and junior third baseman Jesika LeBarron (Campbell, NY/Corning West) set a new school single-season record for RBIs.

LeBarron’s third-inning two-run homerun in the first game gave her 35 runs batted in, breaking the single-season RBI mark of 34 set last year by sophomore first baseman Ashley Passaro (Long Beach, NY/Long Beach). Senior catcher Nicole Messura (Albion, NY/Albion) hit a three-run homer in the second, while junior centerfielder Jessica Figallo (Ridgewood, NJ/Ridgewood) went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs and junior shortstop Samantha Rollins (Hornell, NY/Hornell) had a pair of singles and run scored.

Cary allowed two runs (one earned), allowing six hits and striking out seven in six innings.

Kristin Levin gave up nine runs (five earned) on seven hits in six innings, striking out four. Rightfielder Claire Gerlach had two hits, including a double, and drove in two runs for Utica.

Freshman first baseman Molly Shepherd (Camillus, NY/West Genesee) went 3-for-3 with a three-run homerun and five RBIs to lead AU in the second game. Rollins went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and a run scored.

Cary pitched 6 1/3 innings and allowed two runs (one earned) on six hits while striking out three to improve to 9-1 on the season. Freshman Sarah Scanlon (Mishawaka, IN/Mishawaka) allowed one hit and struck out one in 2/3 inning to earn her second save of the season.

Andrea Curley took the loss for the Pioneers, allowing five runs (three runs) on eight hits over seven innings, while striking out four and walking a pair. Levin (RBI) and centerfielder Kim Martin each had two hits for Utica.

Alfred is in action next on Tuesday, April 7, for a 3 p.m. doubleheader at Medaille.