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Softball Rebounds to Split with Lakeland

Softball Rebounds to Split with Lakeland

The Genesee Community College softball team split its Saturday afternoon doubleheader with visiting Lakeland Community College, losing game one 11-4 but rebounding to win game two, 11-6.

A six-run sixth inning turned a 4-2 game into a 10-2 Lakeland lead after the Lakers capitalized on two hits and four errors to take control.

Ashley Covel threw all seven innings for GCC allowing 11 hits while striking out two.

Genesee scored two runs in the third after Rachel Van Duser led off with a double and came around to score on a Chelsey Ruzewski single. Ruzewski later scored to get GCC to within 3-2.

The Cougars added two more runs in the sixth on three walks and a hit by pitch, with Angelique Hargrove scoring on wild pitch and  Karissa Schuster plating Kellie Mroz on a sacrifice fly, but the damage was done and GCC dropped game one.

In game two, Lakeland took a 1-0 lead in the second, but Genesee responded with three runs in the bottom of the inning to take the lead for good. The Cougars scored every inning from then on, adding two in the third, three in the fourth, two in the fifth and one in the sixth to keep their distance from Lakeland.

Covel went 4-4 at the plate with a double and three runs scored, Courtney Staba went 2-3 with two runs scored and two runs batted in, Taylor Gayton added two singles and scored twice and Schuster went 3-4 with a run scored.

Megan Ange picked up the win on the mound, going four innings allowing three runs on three hits. Pursel finished the final three innings, allowing three runs on five hits while striking out three, including a strike out of the side in the sixth inning.

Genesee (5-12) will return to action tomorrow on the road at Jamestown Community College-Olean for a doubleheader beginning at 2pm.