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Asham Earns First Win, Softball Splits Season-Opening Doubleheader with Rochester

Alexa Haberer vs. Rochester on March 10, 2021.
Alexa Haberer vs. Rochester on March 10, 2021.

The D'Youville softball team began their 2021 campaign Wednesday evening, splitting a doubleheader with the University of Rochester at Dobson Field in Buffalo, N.Y. In game one, head coach Megan Asham picked up her first career win at the helm of the Saints, 6-4, before the D'Youville bats were silenced in by the Yellowjackets' Emily Sharlach in game two, 4-1.

The Saints and Yellowjackets each sit a 1-1 overall after Wednesday's split. 

Game One 

D'Youville fell behind early, surrendering three first-inning runs on three Rochester hits, including an RBI double from Madi Turner. Junior second baseman Maddy Pepke wasted no time getting the Saints on the board in response. Leading off the bottom of the first with a deep fly ball landing over the left fielder's head, Pepke raced around the bases for an inside-the-park home run to pull the Saints back to within two runs at 3-1. It was her first round-tripper in a D'Youville uniform.

Rochester added one more in the top of the third off a double from Toni Anne Hahn before the Saints clawed their way back into the game in the bottom of the fourth. With the bases juiced, senior pitcher Alexa Haberer helped her own cause with an infield hit to second base. The sinking line drive bounced away from the diving Turner into foul territory, allowing two Saints to score. D'Youville added one more in the frame to deadlock the game at 4-4 on a sacrifice groundout from freshman designated player Lauren Booth                     

Freshman third baseman Lauren Vickers drove in the go-ahead run for D'Youville in the bottom of the sixth, successfully executing the suicide squeeze to score senior shortstop Rachel Colan from third. The Saints tacked on an insurance run later in the inning when freshman first baseman Ava Miller advanced home after Haberer struck out looking. Vickers, who got caught in a rundown between first and second base after the strikeout, distracted the Yellowjacket defense, allowing Miller to sneak home. 

Haberer (1-0) got the nod in game one and after a shaky first inning, settled down on her way to a complete-game victory. In seven innings, she fanned two batters and walked one while giving up four earned runs on eight hits. 

Game Two 

Rochester rebounded in the night cap, plating one run in each of the first four innings. That proved to be enough as the Saints only crossed home once during Sharlach's seven innings in the circleIn the bottom of the fifth inning, a double to right center from sophomore catcher Jamie Bower scored junior center fielder Mikaela Milleville from first base. 

Senior pitcher Brittaney Goodrich (0-1) started in the circle in the game two defeat. Goodrich struck out four batters and walked a pair of Yellowjackets while surrendering three earned runs on seven hits. Booth came in relief for Goodrich in the sixth and seventh innings, allowing only one hit in her two innings of work. 

Up Next – The Saints will return to Dobson Field next Saturday, March 20, for another non-conference doubleheader. D'Youville is set to take on Hilbert with game one's first pitch slated for 1 p.m. 

Follow the Saints – Make sure to follow the D'Youville softball team all season long on Instagram (@dyouvillesoftball) and Twitter (@DyouvilleSB).