Dot Richardson Tournament: Young Bears see first action of season
The SUNY Potsdam softball team endured a tough first day at the Dot Richardson Tournament in Clermont, Florida, on Friday to open their season.
The Bears arrived in Florida on Thursday to open a seven-day, 10-game stand down south against Division III softball teams from all across the country.
Day one saw Potsdam play Amherst College (Mass.) and Rutgers-Camden (N.J.) in back-to-back games split over the morning and afternoon.
Freshman shortstop Jordan Ott (Hilton, N.Y. / Hilton) had a nice debut, going 2-for-3 with a pair of singles and a stolen base in game one, but Amherst College went on to win 11-0 in five innings behind the combined pitching performances of Arielle Doering and Caroline Sealander, who limited the Bears lineup.
Brittaney Barr took the loss by allowing five earned runs and seven hits in two innings of work. The Bears put a lot of new faces on the diamond with plenty of newcomers getting their first action of the careers. Freshman Noelle Rufa (Helena, N.Y. / St. Lawrence Central) saw a solid debut as well with a pair of walks coming of the two-hole in the batting lineup.
Amherst was able to break the game open with a seven-run third inning on the strength of a 3-run home run by third baseman Alena Marovitz.
In game two, the Bears drew a more competitive contest, but fell 5-0 to Rutgers-Camden.
Potsdam (0-2) had a tough time solving pitching Lexy Fair, who went the distance and allowed just five hits while striking out 12.
Leftfielder Brittany Scott homered and designated player Gabby Colon drove in pair of runs on a triple to pace Rutgers-Camden (6-3).
Bears senior Megan Briner (Corinth, N.Y. / Corinth) worked five innings, allowing five runs but only two earned. Barr relieved her for two innings and allowed just one hit and no runs. She walked four.
Sophomore Katie Marsman (Wantagh, N.Y. / Wyoming Seminary) went 2-for-3 while Ott, Rufa and centerfielder Khalshia White (Saint Regis Falls, N.Y. / Saint Regis Falls) each had a hit for Potsdam.
Potsdam will continue its Florida trip with games against Kalamazoo College (MI) and Middlebury College (VT) beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday.