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AU softball team sweeps Stevens
4/30/10

HORNELL, NY – The Alfred University softball team extended it’s school-record winning streak to 17 games with a doubleheader sweep of visiting Empire 8 Conference foe Stevens Friday afternoon at Hornell High School.

With the 9-0 and 12-0 wins, both in five innings, AU improved to 30-4 overall, and 11-1 in the Empire 8. The two wins clinch at least the second seed in next weekend’s Empire 8 championship tournament. The 30 wins also extend the Saxons’ team record for victories in a season.

AU senior shortstop Jesika LeBarron (Campbell, NY/Corning West) and sophomore pitcher Nicole Hedrick (Albany, NY/Catholic Central) both hit homeruns in each end of the doubleheader and Hedrick and junior Chelsey Cary (Corfu, NY/Pembroke) both tossed shutouts to earn their 15th wins of the season.

In the opener, AU scored three times in the second, twice in the third and four times in the fourth. Hedrick held the Ducks (7-27, 0-12 Empire 8) to two hits over five innings while striking out seven to record her fourth shutout of the season and improve to 15-3.

Hedrick was 2-for-3 at the plate with a double, a homerun, three RBIs and a run scored. LeBarron finished 2-for-3 with a homerun, double, and two RBIs and sophomore leftfielder Angela Netta (Rahway, NJ/Mother Seton Regional) had two hits in three at-bats, scored a run and drove in two.

In the second game, Cary allowed four hits and struck out eight to improve to 15-1 on the year. Cary, the AU career leader in shutouts, earned her sixth of the year, which ties a school record.

The Saxons led 5-0 before plating six in the fourth and one in the fifth. LeBarron (double) and Hedrick each went 2-for-4 with a homerun, driving in three and scoring twice. Freshman outfielder Erin Johnston (West Henrietta, NY/Rush-Henrietta) hit a three-run double; freshman catcher Emily Fenton (Thorofare, NJ/West Deptford) hit a run-scoring double; and freshman catcher Hana Gross (Union, NJ/Union) had a base hit, drove in a run and scored once. Senior second baseman Karen Folts (Penn Yan, NY/Penn Yan), in her first action after missing 15 games with an injury, hit an RBI double and scored two runs.

Alfred finishes its regular season Sunday, May 2, at 1 p.m. with a doubleheader against visiting St. John Fisher at Hornell High School.

AU and Ithaca are tied atop the Empire 8 standings with 11-1 conference records. If AU and Ithaca — which wraps up its Empire 8 slate with a pair of games Saturday at Elmira — finish tied for first in the standings, a coin flip would be held to determine the top seed and host of the conference championship tournament, May 7-9. The winner of the double-elimination tournament earns the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division III championship tournament.