Softball Faces Rochester on Easter Sunday

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Tara Hartnett ’23 at bat. Photo Courtesy of Gillian Francis

Annie O'Donnell , Staff Writer

The Union College Women’s Softball team traveled to the University of Rochester on Sunday for a doubleheader. The Dutchwomen’s offense showed a promise in their first game, but the Rochester offense struck quickly in multiple frames to earn the five-inning win. 

Tara Hartnett ‘23 was the offensive leader for the Dutchwomen in game one, going 2-for-2 with a three-run homer, while six other Dutchwomen had one hit apiece.

The Yellow Jackets started off the game with an RBI single in the bottom of the first then added two more on a two-run double.

Union got all those runs back with one swing in the top of the second, as Anna Zdunczyk ‘23 doubled and classmate Karson Saunders ‘23 walked before Hartnett ripped her first career long ball over the fence in left. 

The Dutchwomen continued to battle in the second game of the day and actually out-hit Rochester by an 8-7 margin, but they could not hold on to an early lead and dropped the final game of the weekend series.

The Dutchwomen struck first in game two, using some small ball to manufacture a run in the top of the first. Stuart Buxton ‘21 led off the game with a single, reached second on Makayla Koehler’s ‘21 sacrifice bunt, then came around to score on a two-out base hit by junior Julia Boule ‘22.  

After Rochester added three runs in the fifth, the Dutchwomen got one run back in the sixth inning. Kendall Rogoff ‘21 and Olivia Valery ‘23 led off with back-to-back singles and Saunders eventually drove home pinch-runner Lindsey Podlaski ‘22 with a sacrifice fly. 

The Dutchwomen attempted a rally in the final frame, scoring once on an RBI groundout by Rogoff, but could get no closer. 

The Dutchwomen will return to action next weekend with a four-game series against Ithaca College, beginning with two games on the road on Saturday at 1 p.m.