Genesee Athletics

Cougars Split Doubleheader with TC3

Cougars Split Doubleheader with TC3

After back-to-back wins against Cayuga Community College yesterday, the GCC softball team won one of two against Tompkins-Cortland Community College on Saturday, defeating the Panthers 5-3 in game one and falling 4-3 in game two.

Ashley Covel picked up her second win in as many days on the mound in game one, yielding three runs on six hits.

Genesee grabbed a 3-0 lead after the first inning thanks to a two-run double from Covel and an RBI single from Andrea Pursel.

Covel reached on an error and scored on an RBI groundout by Courtney Staba in the third to give GCC a 4-0 lead.

The Panthers put together three straight hits to begin the fifth inning and all three runners came around to score to cut the GCC lead down to 4-3.

Genesee added an insurance run in the sixth inning after Pursel reached on a leadoff walk and scored on an RBI base on balls by Chelsey Ruzewski.

Covel retired the Panthers in order in the seventh and struck out three in the game for the win.

Pursel went 1-2 at the plate with a run scored and a run batted in, Covel scored twice and drove in two and Karissa Schuster went 1-3 with a double and a run scored.

In game two, Pursel retired the first nine batters she faced but the Cougars could not do any damage offensively.

Still scoreless in the fourth, TC3 scored three runs on two hits and two walks to take a 3-0 lead.

Genesee broke through in the bottom of the fifth when Schuster plated Georgie Miller with an RBI single to get the Cougars to within 3-1.

The Panthers answered with a run in the sixth to take a 4-1 lead, but GCC hung around and cut the lead down to 4-2 with a run in the bottom of the inning.

Pitching in relief, Covel kept TC3 off the board in the seventh. The Cougars then got to within one after Schuster, Ruzewski and Taylor Gayton delivered three straight hits in the bottom of the seventh and Covel drew a bases loaded walk. GCC would strand the bases loaded however and fall in game two.

Schuster finished game two 2-4 with a run scored and Miller went 1-2 with a run scored.

Pursel took the loss on the mound, lasting 3.1 innings and allowing three runs on just one hit while striking out three.

Genesee will host Erie Community College on Sunday in its regular season finale. The doubleheader will begin at 1 p.m.