The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY)

Jacoby’s Walkoff Homer Completes Weekend Sweep

Crunch defeat Marlies, 5-1

- By Oneida Dispatch oneidadisp­atch@medianewsg­roup. com

Jacoby’s Walk-off Homer Completes Weekend Sweep

Steph Jacoby capped the weekend sweep of Bucknell with a walk-off homer to left center and Colgate knocked off the Bison 1-0 on a cold Sunday afternoon at the Eaton Street Softball Complex.

The pitching duel between Bailey Misken and Kelly Toomey saw zeroes across the board heading to the bottom of the seventh. With one out, Jacoby scorched an 0-1 pitch over the wall in left center and was met by a mob at home plate after her fourth homer of the season.

Jacoby’s walk-off home run was just the fourth hit of the day between the two teams. Colgate had three of those hits, and the other

two belonged to leadoff hitter Jillian Herbst. Misken fired a complete game one-hit shutout with three strikeouts for her third win of the weekend.

Herbst beat out an infield single to start the game and that was the only hit through five innings. Misken lost her no-hit bid in the top of the sixth when Ava Aguilar lined a leadoff single down the left field line. Misken stranded her with an inning-ending groundout to keep it 0-0.

Herbst drove a single through the right side in the bottom of the sixth. Looking to put pressure on the defense, Taylor Ludwick tried advancing from first to third on the hit but she was thrown out by a perfect throw from right-fielder Jessie Kincer to end the inning still scoreless.

Colgate made the most of its next opportunit­y at the

plate, with Jacoby’s heroics sending the Raiders home with their fourth consecutiv­e win.

The game was delayed one hour to prepare the field after Saturday’s heavy rain and Sunday morning’s snow squalls. With temperatur­es hovering in the mid-30s, the sun made its first appearance late in the game and Colgate’s bats responded accordingl­y.

FROM THE SOURCE — Head Coach Marissa Lamison-myers

“It was a tough day to play. I could not be prouder of the way Bailey Misken pitched through the conditions. You could feel one run was going to do it and Steph Jacoby swung at the right pitch. We can enjoy this one but once Monday comes it’s back to work.”

Colgate (17-17, 7-2 Patriot) continues its eight-game homestand with a doublehead­er against Syracuse on Wednesday. First pitch from Eaton Street Softball Complex is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.

Crunch defeat Marlies, 5-1

Charles Hudon recorded a hat trick as the Syracuse Crunch defeated the Toronto Marlies, 5-1, tonight at the Upstate Medical University Arena.

The win advances the Crunch to 36-25-7-2 on the season. The team also completes the four-game season series against the Marlies with a 2-0-1-1 record.

Goaltender Max Lagace stopped 25-of-26 shots in victory. Michael Hutchinson turned aside 14-of-17 shots in net for the Marlies before being relieved by Keith Petruzzell­i in the second period. Petruzzell­i went on to stop 12-of-14. Syracuse converted on 1-of-3 power play opportunit­ies and went a perfect 4-for-4 on the penalty kill.

The Crunch were first on the board 15:53 into the game. Alex Barre-boulet sped into the zone on a breakaway and dropped a pass back for Hudon to send home as he followed behind.

Syracuse doubled their lead with a power-play goal five minutes into the middle frame. A Toronto defender skated into Hutchinson as he came out to play the puck allowing Hudon to wrap around the cage and jam the puck into an open net. Nick Perbix then potted his first profession­al goal at the 11:57 mark with a wrister from the bottom of the right circle to make it a 3-0 Crunch lead.

The Marlies solved Lagace late in the second period when Mikhail Abramov scored from the slot.

Hudon completed the hat trick halfway through the third period when he fired home a slap shot from the top of the left circle to regain the threegoal lead. The Crunch continued scoring three minutes later when Daniel Walcott chipped in a shorthande­d goal during an odd-man rush with Gabriel Fortier.

The Crunch are back in action on Friday when they host the Belleville Senators.

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