After the cancellation of last week’s doubleheader, UR Softball was ready to finally get out on the field on April 7 for only the second time since spring break. Unfortunately for the ‘Jackets, their return to the diamond was a rough one as SUNY Cortland swept a doubleheader in a pair of blowouts.
In the first game, the visiting Red Dragons jumped to a 7-0 lead after only an inning and a half, providing more than enough cushion as they cruised to a 10-2 victory. Senior Alyssa Murillo scored both runs for the ‘Jackets. The catcher homered—her first of the season—in the second inning and later scored on an RBI by fellow senior Ashley Amidon.
The second game stayed tight for the first four innings, with Cortland clinging to a 3-1 lead, but two ‘Jacket errors led to three unearned runs for the visitors in the fifth, allowing them to pull away and wrap up the day with another win, this time 8-1.
UR scored its only run of the game in the second inning, when sophomore Tiffany White singled to left field, knocking in senior Stephanie Brunet.
The losses bring the 22nd-ranked Rochester squad’s record on the season to 10-7.
Despite the setback, UR will begin Liberty League play—the most important part of their regular season schedule—on Saturday, April 11, when they host Union College for a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m.
As a National Championship qualifying team last year, UR knows that what matters most is getting hot at the right time, and with many games still left to be played, UR has every opportunity to once again make a run come postseason time in May.
Shapiro is a member of the class of 2016.