ALFRED, N.Y. -- The Finger Lakes Community College softball team snapped a four-game losing streak on Friday, as the Lakers defeated Alfred State College 13-2 and 4-3, respectively. The Lakers improve to 11-20 on the season, while Alfred State drops to 4-24.
Finger Lakes Community College will return home on Saturday. The Lakers will host winless Fulton Montgomery Community College at 1p.m. and 3p.m. at Laker Softball Field.
Game 1 -- Finger Lakes Community College 13, Alfred State College 2
Rachel Mertens earned the victory, pitching a complete game. The Syracuse, N.Y. native allowed just one earned run on five hits. Mertens also struck out five hitters.
The Lakers posted a season-high 15 hits. Mertens, Courtney Edger, Katie Plummer, Samantha German, and Nicole Taylor each posted multi-hit days. Mertens doubled twice, while teammates Cassidy Smyers and Elaina Evinsky each added a double of their own.
Mertens led the team with four runs batted in. Plummer also added three runs batted in, while Edger, Taylor, and Tamara Robertson each added one run batted in.
Game 2 -- Finger Lakes Community College 4, Alfred State College 3
Elaina Evinsky earned her sixth victory of the season, allowing just two earned runs over five innings pitched. The Spencerport, N.Y. native punched out two batters in the process.
Rachel Mertens pitched the sixth and the seventh inning to earn her third career save. In closing the door, Mertens struck out two batters.
The Lakers trailed by one run, 1-0, entering the top of the fourth inning. Kelly Kier singled home Robertson to knot the game at 1-1.
Alfred State would take a 2-1 lead in the bottom half of the fifth inning, but the Lakers would respond and break the game open in the top of the sixth inning. With two batters retired, Evinsky and Kelly Kier walked in consecutive plate appearances. Pinch-hitter Emily Essom deposited a pitch into right field to score Evinsky to knot the game at 2-2. In the next at-bat, Cassidy Smyers eked out an infield single to plate Kier, who gave the Lakers a 3-2 lead.
The Lakers would add a much-needed insurance run in the top half of the seventh. After Mertens walked and advanced to second on a sacrifice play by Robertson, Katie Plummer singled home Mertens to give the Lakers a 4-2 edge.
The insurance run would come in handy, as Alfred State scored with two outs in the bottom half of the inning to cut the deficit to 4-3. With two runners on, Mertens would strike out the game's final hitter to secure the victory.