Can’t Touch This
Softball Sweeps Skidmore, Freshmen Eleni Wechsler Pitches No-Hitter
Rochester ran its softball winning streak to eight in a row as the Yellowjackets swept Skidmore College, 11-3, and 12-0, in a doubleheader at Southside Field on Sunday afternoon. Freshman Eleni Wechsler spun a five-inning no-hitter in the nitecap. It is the third no-hitter in softball’s history. Kathy Gagne did it in 2002 vs. D’Youville and Brittany Grage did it vs. RIT in 2013.
The Yellowjackets improved to 13-7 overall, 6-0 in the Liberty League.
Rochester accumulated 12 hits and seven walks in game one. The Yellowjackets jumped in front, 9-0, after four innings. Skidmore scored a pair of runs off Rochester’s Sarah Wayson in the fifth, then added one more in the top of the sixth. Rochester scored twice in the sixth to end the game on the mercy rule.
In the nitecap, the Yellowjackets took advantage of 13 hits – all singles – plus six walks. Rochester put together a seven-run rally in the bottom of the second to take command. Six players had RBIs.
Wechsler walked three and struck out four. Grage picked up the game one win. In a total of 4.2 innings pitched, Grage allowed two hits, walked two, and struck out five. In 1.1 innings pitched, Wayson gave up five hits, three runs (two earned), and walked two.
The DH was deemed Senior Day since it was the final Liberty League weekend at home for the Yellowjackets. They play at Union on Friday, at RPI on Saturday. Rochester closes its Liberty League regular season at RIT on April 26.
Rochester will host Nazareth on Tuesday afternoon in its annual PINK game to raise money for the battle against cancer. The first game of the twinbill begins at 3 pm.
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At the plate, jumped out to an early lead with five runs in the first inning. Junior Brendan Garry drew a bases loaded walk and that followed by a 2-RBI double from sophomore Lance Hamilton and another 2-RBI hit from classmate Brian Munoz.
In the fourth, UR tacked on four more runs on three bases loaded walks and a Nolan Schultz sac fly. Overall, Rochester drew eight walks in game one off the Raptor pitching staff. In game one, every UR starter recorded a run scored and seven of the nine earned an RBI.
It was more of the same for UR in game two as the Yellowjacket offense exploded in a 18-0 victory, completing the weekend 4-game sweep at Damaschke Field.
Rochester scored one run in the first when Josh Ludwig scored on a fielding error by the Raptors. In the second, the Yellowjackets sent 14 men to the plate in an 8-run frame. Munoz, Garry and Tyler DeClerck all had RBI doubles in the inning and Ludwig added a two-run single as well.
On the mound, sophomore Matt Todd was outstanding, throwing seven innings of two-hit ball while only issuing two walks and striking out six batters. Sophomore Andrew Crean allowed one hit in two innings of work to close out the game while also fanning four batters.
The score remained 9-0 until the ‘Jackets tacked on nine more runs in the seventh. Sophomore Dan Warren had two separate RBI singles in the inning while Ludwig had another RBI base hit and freshman Will Conroy added a sacrifice fly.
The Yellowjackets next game is scheduled for Tuesday at Ithaca College at 4 pm. The next Liberty League contest for UR is when they host Vassar in doubleheaders on Friday and Saturday.