Fisher softball opens season with sweep of Buffalo State

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PITTSFORD, N.Y. –The nationally-ranked St. John Fisher College softball team made its season debut on Sunday as the Cardinals, who are ranked 12th in the latest National Fastpitch Coaches Association poll, took both ends of a non-conference doubleheader against visiting Buffalo State (0-2) at the Softball Complex.

FISHER 9, BUFFALO STATE 1 (Five Innings)

After yielding a run in the top of the first, Fisher came to bat in the home half of the inning as Emily Trotman led off with a double and came around to score when Maria Marcera belted an RBI-double of her to own to knot things up at 1-1.  The Cardinals struck again when Sammie Torlish ripped a two-out double to right that pushed Marcera across the plate to stake Fisher to a one-run lead heading to the second inning.

Fisher worked around a leadoff walk in the top of the second to retire the side and would blow the game open in the home half of the frame with three runs on four hits to hold a 5-1 cushion.  Allison Rogowski got the inning going with a double and moved to third when Allie Klonowski singled to left.  With two on and no outs, Maddie Klidonas drove in a pair with a single through the left side and would come around to score three batters later when Abby Flakus lifted a sacrifice fly to right.

Leading by four runs in the third, Fisher tacked on two more runs after Rachel Evans blasted a two-run shot to left to make it 7-1 in the Cardinals’ favor.

Leading by six runs, Fisher put the game out of reach in the bottom of the fourth as Rogowski singled to center to score Evans and Becca Irizarry to make it 9-1.

The Cardinals produced 12 hits in the opener led by Trotman, Torlish, Rogowski and Klidonas who each had two apiece.  Trotman started in the circle for Fisher and earned the win after allowing one unearned run on four hits over five innings of work.  The senior finished with five strikeouts.

FISHER 9, BUFFALO STATE 1 (Five Innings)

Neither team was able to break through over the first two innings, but the Cardinals’ aggressiveness at the plate paid off in the bottom of the third with four runs on five hits.  Trotman and Marcera got the rally going with singles before Flakus walked to the load the bases.  After scoring a run on a wild pitch, the Cardinals plated two more runs when Megan Kreger poked a single to right to make it 3-0.  Torlish kept the inning going with a single before Klonowski drove her home with a single to cap the scoring.

After a scoreless top of the fourth, Fisher struck again in the bottom of the frame with five runs on five hits including a three-run blast from Kreger and a solo shot from Torlish to make it 9-0.

The Bengals got a run back in the top of the fifth, but Fisher’s pitching induced a pop up to the catcher for the third out of the inning.

Marcera was 3-for-3 in the nightcap with a double and two runs scored while Kreger was 2-for-3 at the dish with a homer and five RBI.  Klonowski was 2-for-2 in the win with a run batted in while Torlish and Trotman each drove in a run.

Jess Patterson limited Buffalo State to one run on seven hits over five innings to go along with seven strikeouts.

The No. 12 Cardinals will look to keep their momentum going at 3 p.m. on Monday when they host the Clarkson University Golden Knights in a non-conference doubleheader at the Softball Complex.

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