Alfred State and SUNY Canton split a Saturday doubleheader as the Kangaroos took the opener 5-3 in eight innings while the Pioneers won the nightcap 8-0. The contests were the first home games of the season for the blue & gold.
In the opener, Brooke Gustin (Wellsville) got the Pioneers on the board in the 2nd when she hit a sac fly to score Stormi Kruger (Medina) who had tripled to lead off the inning. In the 5th, Allison Vargeson (Addison) scored after a throwing error.
Ashlynn Nickerson (Friendship) kept the Kangaroos hitless until one in the 7th. The Roos got a RBI ground out by Kaylin Switzer and then Jordan Podkladek scored on a wild pitch to tie and send the game into extra innings.
In the 8th, Canton collected five hits and scored three runs to take a 5-2 lead. Lura O'Keefe (Allegany Limestone) hit a sac fly in the bottom of the inning but the Lady Pioneers couldn't get any closer.
Kruger finished 2 for 3 to lead the Pioneer offense while Podkladek was 2 for 4 with a RBI for Canton. Nickerson allowed six hits, walked four, and two earned runs while striking out seven in eight innings of work. Podkladek earned the win with a complete game five hitter. She allowed one earned run while walking two and striking out five.
In the nightcap, Taylor McCarthy (Watkins Glen) fired a four hitter to earn the victory. She walked just one and struck out three.
Aubri Mosier (Rome, PA) hit a sac fly to get the Pioneers on the board in the 1st. They added to their lead with a four run 3rd inning keyed by two run single by Kristen Jackson (Keshequa). In the 4th, Mosier and Annie Corrao (Grand Island) picked up RBI in a three run inning.
The Pioneers and Kangaroos continue their four-game series tomorrow with a Noon doubleheader.