UC Softball team gets first NCAA victory

ITHACA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The Utica College Pioneers have one their first-ever NCAA victory in softball, after the women won over Penn State-Berks, 8-1.

After their lost Thursday, this was the first round elimination game.

Senior Mallory Ingalls, an Oriskany native, was 3-for-4 with two RBI and picked off two runners to lead the Pioneers.

UC jumped out to a fast start as Ingalls hit an RBI single with two outs to score junior Chelsea Monroe in the first inning. Penn. St.-Berks fought back in the bottom of the frame as Missy Lamm drove in Jess Epler for the Nittany Lions' only run of the game.

UC broke out in the top of the fifth inning with eight hits, to plate six runs. Sophomore Courtney Fitzgerald started the scoring as she hit a double over the centerfielder's head to bring home Meghan Matan. Just one batter later, Ingalls hit an almost identical shot to center to score one. Freshman Alysa Russell followed that with a bases clearing triple. UC added two more scores as Taylor Ellis and Christy Traglia, of Mohawk, each drove in one run.

Sophomore Briona Enny struck out five and allowed just one run on five hits to move to an impressive 10-1 on the season. Russell and Traglia each finished 2-for-4 on the day, while Russell led the team with two runs scored.

UC will now play at 10 a.m. Saturday against the loser of the Western Connecticut-SUNY Cortland game.

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