Softball Splits with Concordia Clippers

Softball Splits with Concordia Clippers
The Nyack College softball team hosted the Concordia Clippers on Friday, as the Warriors lost a close first game 5-4 but came back to win the next one 7-4 to end the day in a split.
 
In the first game, the Clippers solidified their lead early, scoring five runs in the top of the third inning. Nyack answered with a run in the bottom of the third, as Katalina Padilla doubled and advanced to third on Tia Celano's following single, and then came home on Celano's steal attempt. After the Warriors retired the Clippers' side in the top of the fourth, Alissa Brugnoli singled and then advanced to third on Aferdita Sinanaj's double to put two players in scoring position for Nyack. On the next at-bat, Morgan Hans stepped up and crushed a 3-run homer to clear the bases and put the Warriors within one run of the Clippers. In the bottom of the fifth, the Warriors threatened again with a single from Kayleigh VanDover, a single from Erin O'Brien, and a walk from Aferdita Sinanaj to load the bases with two outs, but the next play was a groundout to end the inning. Nyack had one last chance in the bottom of the seventh with two on base, but were unable to score, and ended the game in a 5-4 loss.
 
In the next game, Concordia again jumped out to a lead with a run in the top of the first and another in the top of the third to go up 2-0 over the Warriors. In the bottom of the third, Tia Celano reached base and then stole second to set up in scoring position, and was brought home on Erin O'Brien's RBI single. The Warriors tied it up in the bottom of the fourth with an unearned run as Aferdita Sinanaj walked, advanced on an error, and then scored on another error. Morgan Hans walked and then advanced to third on Nicole Wisser's single. Tia Celano followed with another single, bringing in two RBIs as both Hans and Wisser scored. Nyack built on their lead in the bottom of the fifth as Morgan Hans reached on a fielder's choice with the bases loaded to bring in Katie Lupinacci for an unearned run on a Concordia error. Nicole Wisser followed with a sacrifice fly to bring in another run for the inning. Concordia fought back with two runs in the top of the sixth, but Nyack cemented their lead and the victory in the bottom of the sixth as Erin O'Brien walked and then was brought home on Katie Lupinacci's RBI single that led to the Warriors' 7-4 victory.
 
Morgan Hans led the Warriors with 3 RBIs, and Erin O'Brien added 4 combined hits for the day. Brittany Blair pitched the entire first game for Nyack, and Nicole Wisser pitched the entire second game to earn the win.