After an 5-3 week of play, the Yellowjackets are now 17-13 for the season. To start off their week, the ‘Jackets swept SUNY Geneseo 13-2 and 7-2.
“We have come together over the past few weeks and have really shown that we too are a strong team,” junior Rachel Askin said.
In game one of the doubleheader the ‘Jackets started out strong, scoring one in the first inning. Senior Jena Robertson made it to first on an error and stole second. Sophomore Jessica Sorrentino doubled to bring in Robertson.
In the second inning the ‘Jackets brought in four runs. Junior Samantha Carr walked and stole second. Senior Laura Rubinchuk singled and advanced Carr to third. Junior Anna Pollock pinch ran for Rubinchuk and stole second. Senior Jennifer Moshier singled, scoring Carr. Robertson grounded out, scoring Pollock. Sorrentino singled bringing in Moshier. Freshman Megan Winn singled, bringing in Sorrentino for the fourth and final run of the inning.
Geneseo scored twice during their turn at bat and were held at two for the remainder of the game.
In the fourth inning, the ‘Jackets produced three more runs, making the score 8-2 and a five-run fifth inning gave the ‘Jackets the win.
In game two against Geneseo, the ‘Jackets again started out strong with one run in the first. Robertson singled and stole second. Winn singled and Robertson scored off the hit. Geneseo was held scoreless through the first.
In the third, the ‘Jackets scored three runs, taking a 4-0 lead. Geneseo managed one hit and one unearned run in the third.
Going into the fourth, the score was 4-1. Rubinchuk singled and Pollock pinch ran for her. Off a wild pitch Pollock advanced to second and scored on a double hit by Robertson.
In the fifth inning, the ‘Jackets scored their final two runs. Geneseo scored one in the fifth, but the ‘Jackets managed to hold them at 7-2 for the rest of the game to pick up the win.
On Friday, the ‘Jackets swept Skidmore College 11-2 and 18-0. Robertson went 3-4 with two home runs and held Skidmore hitless through the fifth inning. Winn went 5-5 with two doubles.
“I think we really picked it up [this last week],” junior Anna Pollock said. “We’ve always known that we were a really good team and it was just a matter of proving it to ourselves.”
In game two, the Yellowjackets scored 14 runs in the first inning. Senior Carly Hoffend held Skidmore to only four hits and picked up her first win of the season. Winn went 3-4 and hit her first college career home run.
The ‘Jackets went on to split the series with Union College on Saturday, winning 3-2 and losing 7-1.
In the first game, the ‘Jackets scored all three of their runs in the first with an RBI single by Winn and a two run homer by freshman Kristen DeCarlo. Unfortunately, Union came out strong in game two holding
the ‘Jackets to one run.
“We beat Union this weekend and that was a big deal because they are traditionally a strong team and we have not beaten them before, or at least since I’ve been here,” Askin said. “It was a big Liberty League victory for us.”
Buffalo State College came to town on Tuesday and took some wind out of UR’s sails with a doubleheader sweep. The early game was a nailbiter with Buffalo State winning 5-4.
The Bengals built a 3-0 lead, but UR tied the game on a bases-loaded single by Winn. The Yellowjackets managed to load the bases again in the inning, but could not capitalize on the opportunity.
The game went to extra innings and in the eighth, each team scored an unearned run and the game stayed tied. Two innings later, the Bengals scored a run in the top half and while UR had a chance to tie, they could not get it done and took the loss.
In the nightcap, the Bengals once again jumped out to an early lead, but Winn gave UR a lift with a game tying home run in the third. In the late innings, however, Buffalo State tacked on runs while UR could not and the Bengals left town with a 5-2 victory.
UR plays the Rochester Institute of Technology Tigers away on Thursday and return home on Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday to face St. Lawrence University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and SUNY Fredonia.
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Additional reporting by Alex Moeller.