Old Westbury, N.Y. - Taking a break from East Coast Conference opponents, the NYIT softball team hosted Nyack College, Thursday afternoon in non-conference action. After taking a 10-0 game one decision, the Bears improved to 31-11 overall as the visiting Warriors fell to 8-38 this season.
Kat Zabielski went a perfect 4-for-4 and completed a cycle over both games, totaling eight RBIs for a 2.500 slugging percentage. Tori Duquette went 3-for-5 with four runs scored as Madison Smith and Katie Bejarano-Moreno chipped in two and three RBIs, respectively.
The NYIT softball team was responsible for 10 hits in five innings to take a 10-0 decision from the Warriors. Ruth Rodriguez and Duquette both recorded two hits at the plate, as they combined for four runs scored. Zabielski had a bases clearing triple to give her three RBIs.
Nyack was unable to push any runs across in the first, however NYIT quickly got on the board with two runs courtesy of a double from Madison Smith. In the following frame, the Bears tacked on two more starting with an RBI double from Amber Butenhoff which scored Rodriguez. That double was her ninth double this season and 15th straight game with a hit.
The Blue and Gold were able to break open the game in the bottom half of the third inning when they scoreed five runs on just three hits. The first pair of runs came from a double courtesy of Katie Moreno and the next three came from Zabielski's triple to give NYIT a 9-0 lead. The teams' final run came on a bases-loaded walk in the fourth, and due to run-rule regulations, the game ended after five innings.
Laura McLaughlin earns her 17th win of the season as she and the home team defense held Nyack scoreless and she let up just three hits.
In Zabielski's first at-bat of the contest, a a clean swing turned into two runs and her 19th round-tripper this season to tie the NYIT softball program's career record, which was set by Brooklyn Fields in 2009-2010. An inning went by before the Bears struck again, this time with three runs in the bottom of the third inning.
The hosts got the three runs they needed to end the game early in the bottom of the fourth inning by way of four hits, all with two outs. Butenhoff singled to center and advanced on a wild pitch, to be later pushed over one more base when Duquette singled through the left side. Zabielski's double cleared the bases and she later came home on Christina Pantages's single to the right side.
Unable to generate any offense, Nyack was retired in order in the top of the fifth inning to give the Bears their 31st win this season. This marks Head Coach Stephen Christianson's third season in which he's directed the team to 30 or more wins. Starting pitcher Sofia Evangelista picked up her sixth win of the season, holding the Warriors scoreless and scattering four hits.
NYIT returns to action this weekend when they hit the road for their final two regular season doubleheaders against ECC opponents. The Bears are hosted by Bridgeport on Saturday, April 23 and head to Queens College on Sunday, April 24.
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