ROCHESTER - Solid pitching and timely hitting powered the MCC softball team to a doubleheader sweep of Genesee Community College Thursday afternoon.
The fourth-ranked Tribunes took the opener 1-0 before holding off the Cougars 8-5 in the nightcap. Monroe, which has now won 11 straight, is 11-1 in Region III play and 18-7 overall.
MCC manufactured a run in the fifth inning of game one to back a sterling pitching performance from Lexy Rouse. After a groundout to open the bottom of the fifth, Kayla Henning singled and stole second to move into scoring position.
Rouse took it from there. The sophomore set Genesee down in order in the sixth and worked around an error and a walk in the seventh. The game ended on a line drive that was snagged by Monroe first baseman Hannah Evingham.
Rouse allowed three hits and struck out five in the shutout.
Tori Thuman powered the offense in game two for the Tribunes. Thuman finished 3-for-4 with a double, a home run, and four RBIs in the victory.
MCC jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first. Rouse led off with a single, and after an error, Thuman drove in two with a base hit. Evingham then added a two-out double down the left-field line to plate Thuman.
The Tribunes added two more in the second on consecutive RBI doubles from Amanda Colon and Thuman.
Genesee responded with one in the second and two in the third to cut it to 5-3. Thuman then got one back for Monroe with a long solo homer in the top of the fourth to make it 6-3.
The Cougars rallied once again with two in the bottom half to make it 6-5.
The score remained that way until the sixth when MCC pushed across two insurance runs. Parrotta started things off by reaching on an error before Rouse singled to put runners on first and second.
Colon then laid down a sac bunt, and an error by the Cougars on the play allowed Parrotta to score. Amanda Gillen plated Rouse with a sacrifice fly to make it 8-5.
Colon got the win in relief, allowing one unearned run on three hits and striking out three over four innings. Rouse and Evingham added two hits apiece.