Senior pitcher Alyssa Struzenberg hurled her ninth shutout of the season, and Crista Cerrone ripped a home run in the second inning to carry Stony Brook past University at Albany, 1-0, in an elimination game of the America East Conference softball championship at Maine’s Kessock Field.
Stony Brook improves to 30-20-1. University at Albany, which finished the season at 20-23, managed five hits in the game. Danes pitcher Leah McIntosh finished her career with 725 strikeouts, six no-hitters and four perfect games, all school records.
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Struzenberg and Clare; McIntosh and Smith.
SIENA 9-5, FAIRFIELD 4-4
LOUDONVNILLE —Dan Paolini homered twice, taking over the national lead and setting a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference single-season record, as the Saints swept the Stags to keep their league tournament hopes alive.
Paolini now has 25 homers on the season. Mike Fish (Bethlehem) led the Saints in the first game with three hits and two RBI, Kevin Quartanto hit safetly in both games to keep his hitting streak alive at 19 games, longest active streak in the nation. Siena is now 11-9 in conference play and 25-25 overall.
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Gariano, Piccirillo and Bennett; Sumple and DerHagopian.
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Gussaroff, Furbeck (4) and Bennett; Tedesco, Poplawski (3), Giansanti (7) and DerHagopian.
SKIDMORE 7, CLARKSON 6
ROCHESTER — Anthony Ferri drove in Spencer Marcus with a bases-loaded fielder’s choice in the ninth inning to lift the Thoroughreds to a victory in the first game of the Liberty League tournament.
Skidmore (28-13) takes on the winner of the Rochester-St. Lawrence game, played late Friday night, today at 1 p.m.
Jake Mendell was 3-for-5 with two RBI, and Matt Pisani was 3-for-4 with two RBI to lead Skidmore.
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Goerold, Baldwin (9), Magovney (9) and Grainger; Stork, Brucato (6) and Pisani.
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. — Skidmore advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division III tennis championship with a 5-1 win over Hunter.
The 10-10 Thoroughbreds take on host Middlebury this morning at 10 a.m. Spencer Cheng, Lorenzo Cabrera, Alex Fromson, Max Bevan and Jeremy Hogan won their singles matches for Skidmore.
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The 19th-ranked Thoroughreds blanked St. Mary’s, 5-0, in the first round of the NCAA Division III women’s tournament at Williams College, and will take on 11th-ranked Tufts today at 1 p.m.
Nataly Mendoza and Laura Attley were singles winners for the 11-6 Thourghbreds, who swept the three doubles matches, losing just three games in the process.
HERSHEY, Pa. — The Skidmore College golf team finished ninth in the NCAA Division III championships played on the par-72 Hershey Links Course.
Playing in their 24th straight NCAA tournament, the Thoroughbreds now have 15 top-10 finishes.
Skidmore shot a final round 300 behind Brendan Singleton’s three-under-par 69. The Thoroughbreds totaled 1,206 for the four rounds. Methodist College won with 1,177.
Singleton was Skidmore’s top finisher with 72-78-77-69--227 to tie for 17th. He had six birdies, including four over the final nine holes. Chris DeJohn tied for 24th with 73-75-74-76--298, while Matt Canavan (76-76-75-79--306) and Joe Flowers (74-78-78-76--306) tied for 55th.