Softball Comes Up Short Against Minn. St. Moorhead and Northern St.

Softball Comes Up Short Against Minn. St. Moorhead and Northern St.
The Nyack College softball team continued in their Florida tournament play on Wednesday, playing two close games against Minnesota State Moorehead and Northern State. The Warriors lost 10-9 to Minn. St. Moorhead and 1-0 to Northern State, dropping both games in their sixth day of competition. 
In the first game against the Minn. St. Moorhead Dragons, Nyack got off to a fast start in the bottom of the first as their second batter, Katie Lupinacci, singled to get on base. Alissa Brugnoli stepped up next and homered to center field, bringing in Lupinacci for two RBI's to put the Warriors up 2-0. Minn. St. Moorehead answered immediately in the top of the second with two RBI's off of a triple to tie the score, and the Dragons continued with an offensive surge of eight more runs over the next three innings. Nyack found themselves down 10-2 in the bottom of the fifth, but answered with their own offensive push when Alissa Brugnoli doubled to bring home Erin O'Brien for an RBI. Aferdita Sinanaj brought in three more RBI's for the inning with a home run with two runners on base. With the bases loaded later in the inning, Morgan Hans scored on a Dragons error. In the bottom of the sixth, the Warriors continued their effort as Katalina Padilla drove in an RBI on a single and Morgan Hans added another unearned run. Nyack would fall just short of completing the comeback, and ended the game in a 10-9 loss.
In the second game of the day, against Northern State, Nyack held the Wolves to just one run - but the Warriors were not able to bring any of their runners home to outscore their opponent. Aferdita Sinanaj was the Warriors' first runner on base in the top of the second with a double, but was left stranded. In the top of the fourth, Katie Lupinacci walked and then advanced to third base on two Wolves errors, but a Nyack groundout ended the inning. The Wolves scored their sole run in the bottom of the fourth off of an RBI single. Nyack again put a runner in scoring position in the top of the fifth when Erin O'Brien singled and then advanced to third on Katie Lupinacci's following single, but again, a groundout ended Nyack's scoring chances. The Warriors finished the game in a 1-0 loss.
Brittany Blair was the starting pitcher against Minnesota St. Moorhead, and Nicole Wisser was the starting pitcher against Northern State. Katie Lupinacci led the Warriors with 3 combined hits for the day, and Alissa Brugnoli and Sinanaj each had 3 RBI's. 
Up next, the Warriors conclude their Florida tournament by facing Trevecca Nazarene at 4:30 PM and Merrimack at 7 PM on Friday 3/9.