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PIONEERS STAY ALIVE -BEAT STEVENS IN E8 TOURNEY PLAY!

 Box Score Ithaca, NY (5/2/14)- The Utica College softball team advanced to the second day of the Empire 8 Conference Tournament as it downed Stevens Institute of Technology 5-2 in the elimination game Friday afternoon. 
 
SBALLThe Pioneers will now take on Alfred University at 11 a.m. on Saturday in the semifinals of the E8 tournament at Ithaca’s Kostrinsky Field. 
 
Utica got on the board in the second inning as junior Courtney Fitzgerald (Albany, NY/Colonie Central) scored from third on a throwing error.  The Pioneers padded their lead in the third as a triple from Alysa Russell (Mechanicville, NY/Mechanicville) scored Christy Traglia (Mohawk, NY/Mohawk).  Then, just one batter later, Fitzgerald singled to right center to score Russell.  A two-out double by Kassidy Ogren (Albany, NY/Colonie Central) capped off the scoring as Fitzgerald plated her second run of the game. 
 
Utica added another run in the fifth inning as Ogren singled up the middle.  Meghan Matan (Latham, NY/Shaker) scored from second after dodging the tag by the catcher at home and was able to touch the plate with her outstretched arm. 
 
SBALLThe Ducks made it interesting in the top of the seventh, scoring two runs, but the Pioneers held on for the win.  Erica Colucci (Glenville, NY/Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake) struck out two and gave up just two runs, before Abby Monroe (Watertown, NY/General Brown) struck out two in the seventh to help Utica to the win. 
 
Matan and Ogren were each 2-for-3, while Matan had one run scored and Ogren had a game-high two RBIs.  Traglia and Fitzgerald were both 2-for-4 on the day and Chelsea Monroe (Watertown, NY/General Brown)Cassie Smith (Delmar, NY/Bethlehem Central), and Taylor Ellis (Willet, NY/Greene) had one hit a piece.  
 
Kayla Berardi gave up 12 hits and struck out three in six innings of work for Stevens.  The Ducks wrap up their season with a 27-11 record overall. 

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UC SOFTBALL READY FOR EMPIRE 8 TOURNAMENT

Utica, NY (5/1/14)- The Utica College softball team travels to Ithaca College this weekend for the 2014 Empire 8 Conference Tournament.

SBALLTOURNAMENT INFO: The Pioneers, who are making their second straight Empire 8 Tournament appearance, will take on top-seeded Ithaca College in their opening game on Friday at 12 p.m… The loser of the first game will play the loser of the No. 2 Stevens-No. 3 Alfred game (10 a.m.) in the elimination round at 2 p.m… The winner of Ithaca-Utica will meet the winner of Stevens-Alfred at 4 p.m. on Friday… Live Stats and video for all games will be provided by Ithaca College… Links to game coverage are available on the softball schedule page at ucpioneers.com… Fans can also check out the tournament webpage (HERE) for updated coverage of the weekend.

TICKET INFORMATION: All fans must purchase a ticket for each day… Admission prices are $4 for the general public, $2 for students/faculty & staff with ID as well as senior citizens/youth, and children under 12 are free of charge.

SBALLLAST TIME OUT: Utica lost the first game of its Empire 8 double-header, 2-0, against Alfred on Monday… Facing elimination from the E8 Conference Tournament, the Pioneers won the second game thanks to a 2-0 Erica Colucci (Glenville, NY/Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake) no-hitter that helped UC slide into the fourth and final seed for the tournament… Courtney Fitzgerald (Albany, NY/Colonie Central) drove in both Utica runs with her double in the first inning and Colucci was lights on in the circle to preserve the victory… Freshman Kassidy Ogren (Albany, NY/Colonie Central) was 3-for-6 on the day, while Taylor Ellis (Willet, NY/Greene) was 2-for-4.

HOW WE GOT HERE: The Pioneers currently hold a 21-10 record overall and finished the Empire 8 Conference schedule with a 6-6 mark after splitting every double-header in league play…  As a team, UC ranks 11th nationally and first in the conference with 2.14 doubles per game… The Pioneers are also 37th in the country and second in the E8 with a .347 batting average… Sophomore Alysa Russell (Mechanicville, NY/Mechanicville) had a 17-game hitting streak that lasted from March 19 to April 19… SeniorChelsea Monroe (Watertown, NY/General Brown) has had a hit in 15 of her last 16 games… The sophomore pitching duo of Abby Monroe (Watertown, NY/General Brown)and Erica Colucci (Glenville, NY/Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake) has combined for a 2.58 ERA… Monroe is 12-7 with 80 strikeouts, while Colucci is 9-3 and pitched her first collegiate no-hitter on Monday… This is the second straight year and fourth time in program history that UC has made it to the E8 tournament.

SBALLMATAN FINISHING STRONG: Meghan Matan (Latham, NY/Shaker) is having an impressive senior campaign… She leads the conference and ranks third nationally with .59 doubles per game… She is also first in the conference and 27th in the nation with a .489 batting average… Matan also leads the conference in slugging percentage (.826) and on base percentage (.489)… This year, she set a new single-season record for doubles (17) and needs just four more to tie 2013 graduate Bridgette Plummer(Saratoga Springs, NY/Schuylerville) for first all-time.

HELPING OUT: Alysa Russell (Mechanicville, NY/Mechanicville) is second on the squad and seventh in the conference with a .398 batting average… She also leads the team and is tied for second in the E8 with five home runs… Chelsea Monroe (Watertown, NY/General Brown) leads the conference in runs per game (1.07) and she is second in stolen bases (10)… Junior Christy Traglia (Mohawk, NY/Mohawk) is third on the team with a .372 average, while sophomore Cassie Smith (Delmar, NY/Bethlehem Central)is fourth (.364).

SBALLSCOUTING ITHACA: The Bombers earned the top seed and hosting rights for the tournament after going 21-11 overall and 8-4 in the conference… Ithaca lost one game each to Utica, Elmira, St. John Fisher, and Alfred… Ithaca is making its 13th appearance in the conference tournament following a one-year hiatus last season… The Bombers are the only team in this year’s field to have won an E8 title… Ithaca is led by sophomore Casey Gavin, who has a .407 batting average… Utica is 3-1 against the Bombers in the last two years.

SCOUTING STEVENS: The Ducks tied Ithaca with an 8-4 mark in league play, however since Stevens lost to Ithaca in both meetings this year, the Bombers took the No. 1 seed in the tiebreaker… Stevens is led by junior Jamie DeGennaro, who has a team-best .396 average at the plate… Senior Kayla Berardi leads the conference with a .96 ERA and 133 strikeouts… Utica split its series at Stevens this year, dropping the first game 6-1, before winning the second game 5-4 in extra innings.

SBALLSCOUTING ALFRED: The Saxons (24-8) picked up the No. 3 seed with a 7-5 mark in conference play… Sophomore Nicole Maher leads the team with 40 hits and has a .392 average… Alfred ranks ninth in the nation with a .372 team batting average… Utica split its series against the Saxons on Monday, losing 2-0 in game one and bouncing back with a 2-0 victory of its own in the second game.

LOOKING AHEAD: The winner of the Empire 8 Conference tournament receives an automatic bid into the 2014 NCAA Division III Tournament.

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COLUCCI’S NO-HITTER PUNCHES UC’S TICKET TO E8 TOURNAMENT

 

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Utica, NY (4/28/14)- Sophomore Erica Colucci (Glenville, NY/Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake) threw her first career no-hitter to lift Utica College to a 2-0 win in the second game of an Empire 8 Conference double-header against Alfred University Monday.  With the win, the Pioneers clinch the No. 4 seed in the Empire 8 Conference Tournament this weekend.  UC dropped the first game of the day to the Saxons 2-0 before rebounding in the second outing.

The Pioneers, who advance to the Empire 8 Tournament for the second year in a row, will now take on host and top-seeded Ithaca College in the first game of the tournament on Friday at 12 p.m.

Alfred 2, Utica 0- Game One Final
After three scoreless innings, Alfred was able to break the deadlock in the top of the fourth after a sacrifice fly from Nora Passuite to score Nicole Maher.  The Saxons then added an insurance run in the sixth off a Utica error to take a 2-0 lead.  The Pioneers threatened, but were unable to plate a run as they dropped the 2-0 decision.

SBALLAlison Wickwire gave up just four hits in seven innings for her 12th win of the year, while Abby Monroe (Watertown, NY/General Brown) struck out six in the loss.  Meghan Matan (Latham, NY/Shaker), Cassie Smith (Delmar, NY/Bethlehem Central), Kassidy Ogren (Albany, NY/Colonie Central), and Taylor Ellis (Willet, NY/Greene) all recorded hits for Utica.

Utica 2, Alfred 0- Game Two Final
The Saxons entered the game leading the nation with a .396 team batting average; however Colucci was lights out in the circle as she had four strikeouts and allowed just three base runners to lead the Pioneers. 

SBALL The only runs of the game were scored in the first inning as junior Courtney Fitzgerald (Albany, NY/Colonie Central) crushed a 2-RBI double to right field, scoring Chelsea Monroe (Watertown, NY/General Brown) and Christy Traglia (Mohawk, NY/Mohawk).  That was all Colucci would need as she hardly let anything out of the infield.

Fitzgerald and Kassidy Ogren (Albany, NY/Colonie Central) were each 2-for-3, while Traglia was 2-for-4.  Chelsea Monroe (Watertown, NY/General Brown), Abby Monroe(Watertown, NY/General Brown), and Taylor Ellis (Willet, NY/Greene) also had hits for the Pioneers, and Traglia picked up her seventh stolen base of the year in the win.  Katelyn Jakobsen shouldered the loss, her first of the season, for Alfred after giving up nine hits in five innings of work.

Utica moves to 21-10 on the year and 6-6 in the conference after splitting each Empire 8 series this season.  The Saxons (24-8, 7-5 Empire 8) meanwhile take the No. 3 seed and will face No. 2 Stevens Institute of Technology at 10 a.m. on Friday. 

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PIONEERS PILE UP RUNS SWEEP HOUGHTON SOFTBALL TWINBILL

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Utica, NY (April 24, 2014) – The Utica College softball team outscored visiting Houghton College 18-0 over the course of two games as the Pioneers swept the Highlanders in two run-rule shortened contests on Thursday afternoon at Greenman Field.  The Pioneers won game one 10-0 in five innings, before topping the visitors 8-0 in five innings in game two.

SBALLUtica senior second baseman Chelsea Monroe (Watertown, NY/General Brown) went 4-for-5 with four runs scored and two doubles over the course of the two games.  Senior third baseman Meghan Matan (Latham, NY/Shaker) went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and one RBI, while sophomore shortstop Alysa Russell (Mechanicville, NY/Mechanicville) added two hits, three RBIs, two runs scored and her team-best fifth home run of the season. Sophomore Taylor Ellis (Willet, NY/Greene) also registered her second career home run (first of the year).

The Pioneers improved to 9-1 at home this season and they are now 19-8 overall. Utica is currently ranked fifth in the latest release of the NCAA North East regional rankings.  Houghton is now 1-28 overall.

Matan currently leads UC with a .500 batting average and she has a team-high 43 hits this season. Chelsea Monroe (Watertown, NY/General Brown) raised her season average to .348 on the year and she has scored a team-best 30 runs.

SBALLUtica 10, Houghton 0 (5 innings) – Game One Final
Utica sophomore pitcher Erica Colucci (Glenville, NY/Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake) pitched all five innings of shutout ball and struck out seven to guide the Pioneers to a convincing 10-0 win in game one. Colucci improved her overall record to 7-3 on the year.


Eight of the Pioneers nine hitters tallied at least one hit in game one and they were led by a 2-for-3 effort from the bat of Taylor Ellis (Willet, NY/Greene).

The Pioneers jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning after Cassie Smith (Delmar, NY/Bethlehem Central) hit a two-RBI single, scoring Christy Traglia (Mohawk, NY/Mohawk) and Monroe.  In the bottom of the second, Traglia singled to right field, scoring Taylor Ellis (Willet, NY/Greene) and freshman Shannon Fillmore (Somerset, NJ/Franklin) to give UC a 4-0 lead.

Freshman catcher Kassidy Ogren (Albany, NY/Colonie Central) got the third inning started with an RBI single and Ellis closed out the four-run stanza with a three run home run to give UC an 8-0 lead after three.

UC tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to secure the victory.

SBALLUtica 8, Houghton 0 (5 inn.) – Game Two Final

Utica posted 11 hits and sophomore hurler Abby Monroe (Watertown, NY/General Brown) threw a one-hitter, while striking out eight batters, as the Pioneers cruised to an 8-0 run-rule victory in game two. Chelsea Monroe (Watertown, NY/General Brown) went 3-for-3 with three runs scored in game two, while Alysa Russell (Mechanicville, NY/Mechanicville) hit a two-run homer to help lift the Pioneers.

Seven different Pioneers had at least one hit and five players had at least one RBI in the victory.

Traglia and Matan each posted RBI’s in the bottom of the first inning for UC and Russell’s second inning home run gave the home squad a commanding 5-0 lead.  The Pioneers tacked on four more runs in the fourth inning, including an RBI double from Courtney Fitzgerald (Albany, NY/Colonie Central), as Utica cruised to the eight run victory.

The Pioneers return to action on Saturday at home when they host Empire 8 Conference foe Alfred University.  The first pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.

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SOFTBALL SCORES EARLY AND OFTEN TAKE TWO FROM UNION

Box Score 1 | Box Score 2 Utica, NY (4/2/14)- The Utica College softball team opened its home season on a high note as it downed visiting Union College 14-6 and 12-7 Wednesday afternoon at Greenman Field.  The Pioneers totaled 36 hits over the course of the two games. 

SBALLUtica 14, Union 6- Game One Final

Junior Courtney Fitzgerald (Albany, NY/Colonie Central) got off to a quick start, hitting a gram slam over the right field wall to put Utica up 4-0 in the bottom of the first.  UC added four more runs in the second inning as Christy Traglia (Mohawk, NY/Mohawk) hit a two-RBI single and Alysa Russell (Mechanicville, NY/Mechanicville) followed that up with her first home run of the season. 

The Dutchwomen used four runs in the third inning to bring the score to 9-6 in favor of UC, however the Pioneers scored five runs in the fifth inning to end the game in five innings.  Traglia and Russell each went 3-for-4 at the plate with three RBI, while Fitzgerald, Chelsea Monroe (Watertown, NY/General Brown)Cassie Smith (Delmar, NY/Bethlehem Central), and Taylor Ellis (Willet, NY/Greene) were each 2-for-2.  Senior Meghan Matan (Latham, NY/Shaker) also had one hit and one RBI for the Pioneers. 

Sophomore Erica Colucci (Glenville, NY/Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake) gave up five runs in two innings, while classmate Abby Monroe (Watertown, NY/General Brown) allowed just one run in three innings of relief. 

SBALLUtica 12, Union 7- Game Two Final

Union jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning, however UC answered right back evening the score in the bottom half of the inning off of back-to-back home runs by Alysa Russell (Mechanicville, NY/Mechanicville) and Courtney Fitzgerald (Albany, NY/Colonie Central).  Russell again helped Utica come back, this time in the second inning with a three-run shot to knot the score at 7-7.  The Pioneers went on to score five more runs over the next five innings to seal the victory.

Russell finished game two going 3-for-3 at the plate with seven RBI.  Junior Christy Traglia (Mohawk, NY/Mohawk) was 4-for-5 with one run scored and one stolen base.  Senior Meghan Matan (Latham, NY/Shaker) and freshman Kassidy Ogren (Albany, NY/Colonie Central) were each 3-for-4, while Matan had two steals.  Chelsea Monroe(Watertown, NY/General Brown)Abby Monroe (Watertown, NY/General Brown)Cassie Smith (Delmar, NY/Bethlehem Central), and Taylor Ellis (Willet, NY/Greene) also had hits for UC. 

Abby Monroe (Watertown, NY/General Brown) and Erica Colucci (Glenville, NY/Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake) combined for five strikeouts and four earned runs in game two.
 
The Pioneers (7-4) return to action Thursday as they host cross town rival, SUNYIT.  The first pitch is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.

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UC SOFTBALL BOUNCES BACK WITH 3 STRAIGHT WINS

Box Score 1Box Score 2 Box Score 3 Clermont, FL (3/20/14)- The Utica College softball team got back on track by winning its last three games at the DOT Richardson Spring Games.  The Pioneers downed SUNY Geneseo 6-1 in a late game Wednesday night, before topping Plattsburgh State 8-0 in five innings and Washington & Jefferson College 2-1 on Thursday.
SBALLUtica 6, Geneseo 1- Final

The bats came alive in the fourth inning as Utica plated four runs to down Geneseo.  Senior Meghan Matan (Latham, NY/Shaker), junior Courtney Fitzgerald (Albany, NY/Colonie Central), and freshman Kassidy Ogren (Albany, NY/Colonie Central) each went 2-for-4 in the game, while both Matan and Ogren recorded doubles.  SeniorChelsea Monroe (Watertown, NY/General Brown) was 2-for-5 with two RBI, while Alysa Russell (Mechanicville, NY/Mechanicville)Erica Colucci (Glenville, NY/Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake), and Taylor Ellis (Willet, NY/Greene) each had one hit and one RBI.  Sophomore Abby Monroe (Watertown, NY/General Brown) struck out three and gave up just one unearned run for her first win of the season.

Utica 8, Plattsburgh 0- Final (5 innings)

UC continued its momentum as it cruised to a run-rule victory over Plattsburgh State in its first game of the day Thursday morning. 

SBALLThe Pioneers jumped out to a 4-0 lead after two innings as Courtney Fitzgerald (Albany, NY/Colonie Central) doubled to bring in Christy Traglia (Mohawk, NY/Mohawk), and Chelsea Monroe (Watertown, NY/General Brown) hit a three-run bomb over the left field fence to bring home Meghan Matan (Latham, NY/Shaker), and sister Abby Monroe (Watertown, NY/General Brown)
Utica was not finished as it scored four more runs in the final three innings to take its second victory in as many days.  Fitzgerald and Alysa Russell (Mechanicville, NY/Mechanicville) each finished 2-for-3, while Erica Colucci (Glenville, NY/Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake) fanned one and allowed just three hits for her shutout win.

Utica 2, Washington & Jefferson 1- Final

After four scoreless innings, the Pioneers finally broke the deadlock as Christy Traglia (Mohawk, NY/Mohawk) singled to left field, driving in the only two runs that Utica would need.   

SBALLAbby Monroe (Watertown, NY/General Brown) gave up just one run and struck out four to help UC improve to 3-3 on the young season. 

 Alysa Russell (Mechanicville, NY/Mechanicville)Courtney Fitzgerald (Albany, NY/Colonie Central)Kassidy Ogren (Albany, NY/Colonie Central)Erica Colucci (Glenville, NY/Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake) andMeghan Matan (Latham, NY/Shaker) each had one hit for the Pioneers.

UC looks to continue its momentum into the final day of the DOT Richardson Spring Games on Friday as it has three games.  The Pioneers take on Allegheny College at 9 a.m. before facing Fredonia State in a double-header at 3 p.m.

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