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Saxons double up Medaille, advance to ECAC Upstate semifinals
5/06/09

HORNELL, NY – The Alfred University softball team defeated visiting Medaille College, 6-3, Wednesday night at Hornell High School in a first round ECAC Upstate Championship tournament game. With the win, the third-seeded Saxons improve to 26-9 and advance to the tournament’s semifinal round this weekend at Union College in Schenectady, NY.

Junior second baseman Karen Folts (Penn Yan, NY/Penn Yan) staked AU to an early 1-0 lead with an RBI double in the bottom of the first. Alfred would add five runs in the third, with freshman starting pitcher Nicole Hedrick (Albany, NY/Catholic Central) hitting a run-scoring single and junior shortstop Samantha Rollins (Hornell, NY/Hornell) and junior leftfielder Shannon Mather (Endicott, NY/Union-Endicott) each hitting two-run singles.

Hedrick carried a no-hitter into the sixth before Medaille catcher Alyssa Zemla blasted a solo homerun to left with one out to make it 6-1. Medaille’s other hit came with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, when second baseman Holley McAllister hit a two-run homer to right-center. Hedrick then struck out Carrie Stahura to end the game and improve to 8-5 on the year. She finished with five strikeouts and walked five Medaille batters.

Folts finished with three hits in four at-bats and scored a run for AU and sophomore designated player Madison Snyder (Medford, NY/Patchogue-Medford) had a hit and scored a run. Hedrick, junior rightfielder Jordan Siefer (Sylvania, OH/Sylvania Southview), junior third baseman Jesika LeBarron (Campbell, NY/Corning West), and senior pinch runner Caitlin Bangs (Ithaca, NY/Ithaca) each scored a run for the Saxons.

Amanda Westling took the complete-game loss, allowing eight hits and striking out three. With the loss, sixth-seeded Medaille ends its season at 20-19.

Alfred will play second-seeded Brockport in one semifinal game of the double elimination tournament, at noon on Saturday. The other semifinal, at 10 a.m. Saturday, pits top-seeded and host Union against fourth-seeded RPI, a 3-0 winner over fifth-seeded Elmira Wednesday afternoon.

The semifinal losers will play at 2 p.m. Saturday, with the loser of that game eliminated and winner claiming the loser’s bracket. The semifinals winners will play at 4 p.m., with the loser taking on the winner of the loser’s bracket at 10 a.m. Sunday. The loser of that game is eliminated, while the winner plays the winner of the semifinals round at noon Sunday. If necessary, those two teams will play again for the ECAC Upstate\ title at 2 p.m. Sunday.

To see the complete championship bracket, please visit the ECAC Upstate championship website at: http://www.unionathletics...