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Thoroughbreds deep into spring action

April 1, 2013

Skidmore’s baseball team opened the home portion of its schedule Friday, March 29, against Liberty League opponent Clarkson at Castle Diamond. The Thoroughbreds lost the first leg of the doubleheader 9-3 before winning the second game 9-7 on the strength of a late-inning comeback.

In the first game, Skidmore's bullpen combined to pitch four innings, allowing just one run. Leejay Pollacchi '13 (Porter Corners N.Y.) was 1-4 with a double and a RBI. Marco Baratta '16 (Tenafly, N.J.) and Erik Watkins '14 (Sudbury, Mass.) were each 1-2.

In the second game, Skidmore pitcher Nick Petrella '15 (West Sayville, N.Y.) earned the win after throwing 1.2 innings of scoreless relief. Skidmore swatted 15 hits in the win led by Pollacchi, who went 3-4 in game two with a double, one run scored and two RBI. Jeff Spindel '14 (New Canaan, Conn.) was 2-4 with an RBI and two runs scored, while Alex Barber '13 (Cambridge, Mass.) was 2-3 with a walk and two runs scored.

Skidmore was back in action Saturday, March 30, against Clarkson, and again split the doubleheader. The Thoroughbreds lost the first game 6-0 and won the second by a score of 5-3.

Geoff Green '13 (Underhill, VT) was 2-3 in the first game. Barber was 1-3, while Spindel went 1-2 with a walk.

In the second game, Skidmore received a strong pitching performance from Andrew Bannon '15 (Sandwich, Mass.) who went seven innings and allowed three runs (one earned) while scattering four hits. Nick Masterson '16 (Essex Falls, N.J.) picked up the win after hurling 1.1 innings of relief pitching without allowing a single Clarkson run to score.

Pollacchi was 2-5 with a pair of RBI and a run scored, while Watkins had another good game at the plate, collecting two hits in four at-bats with an RBI and a walk mixed in.

The Thoroughbreds will return to action at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 6, for a doubleheader against St. Lawrence in Canton, N.Y.

Softball was also in action last week with doubleheaders against Utica College on Friday, March 29, and Cazenovia College on Saturday, March 30.

Utica took both games of the Friday doubleheader 10-3 and 12-5, moving Skidmore to 6-12 on the year. In the first game, Carol Brown '13 (Seattle, Wash.) went 2-4 to boost her average to .302 on the season. Katie Sorochka '14 (Jackson, N.J.) was 1-3 with a walk, an RBI and a run scored. In the second game, Brown was 1-2 with two walks, two runs scored and an RBI, while Lila Rosenfeld '16 (Albany, Calif.) was 1-3 with a run scored. Mackenzie Whiting '16 (Ellington, CT) was 1-3 with an RBI in the loss.

Skidmore rebounded Saturday afternoon, sweeping both games from Cazenovia (10-4, 7-1) to improve to 8-12 overall.

Sorochka earned the win for Skidmore, her seventh of the season. The junior threw seven innings and allowed only four runs (three earned) to cross home plate. She also accounted for eight strikeouts.

Brown had another strong game, posting two hits in three at-bats with two runs scored, a walk and an RBI. Katie Peverada '14 (Hampden, Maine) was a perfect 3-3 at the plate with a walk, an RBI and a run scored.

Cassie Fishkin '16 (New City, N.Y.) earned the victory in the second game, hurling seven innings and allowing only one unearned run on four hits. She also provided much of the Thoroughbred offense going 2-3 with a home run, two RBI, two runs scored and a walk. Whiting was 2-4 in the game with a pair of runs batted in.

Skidmore will take on Sage College in a doubleheader at 3:30 p.m. April 3 in Troy, N.Y.

Men's lacrosse picked up its third win of the season and first conference win Saturday, March 30, defeating Vassar College 14-4 at Wachenheim Field. The Thoroughbreds, now 3-6 overall were paced by Jon Hoeg '13 (Mount Sinai, N.Y.) who scored three goals and had four assists in the win. Mike Perlow '13 (Briarcliff, N.Y.) netted two goals while Matt Ohara '15 (La Jolla, Calif.) tallied a career high five goals on nine shots.

The team will travel to Troy, N.Y. Wednesday, April 3, for a 4 p.m. contest against RPI.

The Riding team had a successful weekend as seven Skidmore riders have advanced to compete in Intercollegiate Horse Show Association Zone 2 finals after Saturday's IHSA regional event held at the Van Lennep Riding Center. The Thoroughbreds will be back in action April 7 at the IHSA Zone II Finals in Greenvale, N.Y.

The men's tennis team soundly beat Hobart Saturday, March 30, 8-1. With the win, the Thoroughbreds improve to 6-4.

Jimmy Sherpa '14 (West Vancouver, B.C.) was victorious at number-one singles 6-1, 6-1, while combining with Gabe Steerman '14 (Philadelphia, Pa.) at number-one doubles for an 8-6 win. Nick Tong '16 (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.), Miles Ransom '15 (Delray Beach, Fla.), Jonah Epstein '16 (east Amherst, N.Y.), Kit Green-Sanderson '16 (Toronto, Ont.) and Steerman all won their respective singles matches.

Men's tennis will travel to Williams College April 6 for a 10 a.m. contest.

Women's lacrosse lost to St. Lawrence 15-10 Saturday, March 30, in Canton, N.Y.

The Thoroughbreds, now 1-6 overall were led by Lexi Melville '13 (Syosset, N.Y.) who netted three goals, scooped up two groundballs and won two draw controls. Maggie Murphy '16 (Huntington, N.Y.) registered two goals, while Emma Harris '16 (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) recorded three points on two goals and one assist. Peggy Healy '15 (Southborough, Mass.), Robin Fetterolf '14 (Huntington, N.Y.) and Spencer Morgan '15 (Ridgewood, N.J.) each scored one goal.

Skidmore will travel to Troy for a game against RPI at 6 p.m. April 6.

The 20th-ranked women's tennis team downed Vassar College 9-0 Saturday, March 30.

Nataly Mendoza '13 (San Francisco, Calif.) continued to win at number-one singles (6-1, 6-3), while Lee Ford '14 (Newton, Mass.), Melissa Hirsch '14 (Alamo, Calif.), Alex Smith '15 (Beverly Hills, Calif.), Robyn Baird '14 (Potomac, Md.) and Caroline Hobbs '16 (Lafayette, Colo.) each won their own singles match.

The Thoroughbreds look to continue their winning ways April 5-7 at the Nor'Easter Bowl at Wellesley College.



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