From University of Rochester Athletics
The University of Rochester ran its softball winning streak to seven games with 8-0 and 3-0 victories over Fredonia State on Tuesday afternoon at Southside Field.
The wins give Rochester an overall record of 17-17. The Yellowjackets have won 10 of their last 12 games. Fredonia is 6-16 overall.
Rochester's 8-0 win in game one (shortened to five innings on the mercy rule) is the University's 400th all-time softball victory. The program is in its 19th season and has a cumulative record of 401 wins, 348 losses.
Junior Sam Malecki picked up the victory in both games. She pitched the final three innings of game one, allowing two hits, two walks, and striking out one. In the nitecap, she out-dueled Fredonia's Erika Whitney for the shutout. Malecki allowed three hits – two in the seventh inning – did not walk anyone, and fanned four. Whitney was nearly as sharp. She gave up seven hits, walked one, and struck out one. All three runs she allowed were unearned.
Game two was well-pitched on both sides. Whitney suffered from a mistake by her defense that led to three runs. Other than that, she allowed one baserunner in each of the last five innings. Only one of those got as far as second base.
Malecki, meanwhile, allowed just one runner in the first six innings. Lauren Pixley singled to left center, leading off the third. In the seventh, Malecki retired pinch-hitter Khee Nance on an infield pop (a diving catch by Rochester's Kayla Kibling). Alyssa Morgan and Katelyn Dennis singled. Megan Medina flied to left and Malecki struck out pinch-hitter Kelly Losito to end it.
Rochester loaded the bases in the bottom of the first – singles by Kibling, Shelby Corning, and Lauren Muni. Gianni Melillo flied to left for the second out. Jocelynn Blackshear's potential inning-ending flyout was dropped. Two runs scored and Muni took third. Malecki helped her own cause with a double to left center for a 3-0 lead. It held up.
In game one, Eleni Wechsler pitched the first two innings, giving up one hit and one walk with four strikeouts. Malecki took over to start the third and by then, she had a 5-0 lead.
Wechsler doubled home Kibling for the first run. Caitlin Price drew a bases-loaded walk for a 2-0 edge. In the second, the Yellowjackets scored three runs, two unearned. Kibling and Corning hit back to back doubles. Rachael Pletz' grounder with two out was thrown away, scoring Corning. Gianni Melillo followed with an RBI single to right. The Yellowjackets added single runs in the third, fourth, and fifth. The gamewinner was a single by Blackshear that scored Corning with the bases loaded.
Emily Shellenberger started for Fredonia. She allowed six hits, six runs (three earned), walked three, and struck out one in two innings. Jessica Merle pitched the last 2.1 innings, yielding four hits, five walks and two earned runs with one strikeout.