MCC takes a pair from Finger Lakes

MCC takes a pair from Finger Lakes

ROCHESTER - The MCC softball team picked up two more Region III victories on Thursday, dispatching visiting Finger Lakes Community College 8-3 and 14-1.

The Tribunes improved to 15-1 in regional play and 22-9 overall. Monroe travels to Corning for a key Region III twinbill on Saturday.

Lexy Rouse pitched Monroe to victory in game one. The sophomore allowed three runs - all unearned - and struck out 14 in the complete game win. 

The Tribunes jumped out in front on a Heather Fontana RBI single in the second. MCC made it 2-0 in the third as Amanda Gillen reached on a run-scoring fielder's choice.

Four runs in the fourth gave Monroe some breathing room. Amanda Colon led off with a triple and scored on a base hit from Bonnie Parrotta.

Rouse, Tori Thuman, and Gillen then followed with consecutive RBI hits to make it 6-0.

The Lakers got three back in the top of the fifth. A two-out error kept the inning alive, and Finger Lakes then patched together a pair of walks and a bases-clearing double to make it 6-3.

MCC scored a pair of unearned runs in the sixth, and Rouse put the Lakers down in order in the seventh to close it out. 

Rouse, Thuman, and Parrotta all had two hits apiece for Monroe.

The Tribunes scored early and often in winning the nightcap via the mercy rule. MCC had two in the first, four in the second, and eight in the third to back a solid pitching effort from Becky Knorr.

Hannah Evingham got Monroe on the board with a two-out, two-run single in the top of the first. MCC then tacked on four in the second, highlighted by a three-run triple from Gillen and an RBI double by Morgan Boyce.

Monroe then put the game away in the third. Kayla Henning and Madison Gardepe led off with base hits and Rouse drove in one with a single of her own. After a walk to Fontana, Thuman connected on a three-run triple to make it 10-1.

Gillen (double), Boyce (triple), and Evingham (double) then tallied consecutive RBI extra-base hits to push the lead to 13-1. Gardepe followed with her second hit of the inning to plate Evingham with the final run of the inning.

Knorr took it from there. The sophomore had one bumpy inning - FLCC strung together three straight hits in the second to plate a run - but shut down the Lakers the rest of the way. Knorr scattered five hits and struck out five in the winning effort.

Gillen finished 2-for-2 with four RBIs and Thuman and Evingham each drove in three runs on the game.