QUEENSBURY -- Senior Tina DeLuca (Fresh Meadows, N.Y.) struck out seven batters and junior Allie Gibson (North Tonawanda, N.Y.) hit a solo home run as the SUNY Canton softball team blanked SUNY Cobleskill 7-0 in game one of a doubleheader on Monday at the Adirondack Sports Complex in Queensbury, N.Y. The Fighting Tigers responded with a 3-2 win in game two to earn the split.
In the opener, the Roos built a 2-0 lead after three innings and then posted four runs in the top of the fourth inning to give first-year head coach Jackie Klahold her first win at SUNY Canton.
DeLuca allowed just two hits and didn’t walk a batter in seven innings to record her first win of the year, and helped her cause with an RBI-double in the top of the first.
Gibson finished 2-for-3 and led off the top of the fourth with a solo blast making it 3-0 SUNY Canton. Sophomore Hallie Fenti (Hornell, N.Y.) followed with a double and moved to third on a single from sophomore Jessica Rhodes (Alpine, N.Y.).
Freshman Sharon Cordero (Goshen, N.Y.) singled to bring Fenti home, and then senior Amanda Bitting (Stillwater, N.Y.) ripped a double that plated Rhodes and Fenti for a 6-0 advantage.
The Roos posted one more run in the top of the seventh when sophomore Kaylin Switzer (Orwell, N.Y.) led off with a double and then came around to score off an RBI-single from freshman Ashley Merritt (Watertown, N.Y.).
In the second game, Fighting Tigers pitcher Erin Wadsworth was too much for the Roos as she fanned 15 batters en route to tossing a no-hitter. SUNY Canton jumped out to a 2-0 advantage at the top of the first scoring two unearned runs.
Junior Nicole Mulieri (Afton, N.Y.) reached first after being hit by a pitch and advanced a base when DeLuca drew a walk. Both players scored off a passed ball and error by SUNY Cobleskill’s catcher. The Fighting Tigers scored one run in the fourth and tied the game with a single run in the bottom of the fifth, and then in the bottom of the seventh, Kelsey DeZalia ripped an RBI-double to give Cobleskill the walk-off victory.
Gibson allowed just one earned run on four hits with five strikeouts and five walks in 6 1/3 innings on the mound.
The Roos hit the road for their next four games when they play a pair of doubleheaders on March 16 and 17 at Penn State Greater Allegheny.