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Houghton Downs Pioneers

Infield meeting at the pitchers mound

Houghton College took a pair from Alfred State on a wet Tuesday afternoon. The Highlanders scored two in the 6th to take the opener 3-1 and then took the nightcap 9-1.

Brittany Fisher (Indianapolis, IN) and Kaylee Jentsch kept the opposing hitters off balance for the first four innings. Houghton collected their first hit in the 5th and scored the first run of the game when Haley Unverdorben drove in McKenzie Marti with a ground out to short. The Pioneers tied it right up in the bottom of the inning when Fisher drew a bases loaded walk. Caitlyn Cybart gave the Highlanders back the lead with a one-out RBI single in the 6th and Jentsch added an insurance run with a two-out single. The Pioneers had the tying run step up to the plate in the 7th but could not manufacture any more runs.

Fisher went the distance allowing hits and three earned runs while walking two and striking out three. Jentsch allowed just three singles and one earned run to earn the victory. She walked three and struck out three. Jentsch was also the lone Highlander with multiple hits finishing 2 for 3.

In the nightcap, the Pioneers jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 2nd when Madison Papaj (Holley) hit a long double to score Ashley Peterson (Valley Central) who had led the inning off with a single. 

Houghton answered back with a run in the 3rd on a RBI single by Andrea Taboni. They took the lead for good in the 4th on a two-out single by Barbara Richart. The Highlanders put the game out of reach with a seven run inning. In the inning Houghton sent 14 batters to the plate.

Taylor Sile earned the win with five innings of five hit ball. She also was 1 for 1 with with a pair of runs scored. Taboni was the lone player on either team with multiple hits finishing 2 for 4 with a pair of RBI.

The Pioneers are back in action on Saturday when they begin a four-game series with SUNY Delhi. Doubleheader action is slated for a 1 p.m. start.

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