Ott drives in seven in sweep of Canton

POTSDAM, N.Y.—Senior shortstop Jordan Ott (Hilton, N.Y./Hilton) was 5-for-8 with seven RBI and four runs scored as the SUNY Potsdam softball team (5-18) swept SUNY Canton (10-9) 10-2 and 10-7 on Thursday afternoon.
The Roos took advantage of two walks and a double from junior third baseman Alicia Evans (Watertown, N.Y./Herkimer C.C.) jump out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning in the opener. It was all Bears the rest of the way.
Potsdam countered with six runs on five hits and two Canton errors in the bottom of the third. Freshman catcher Lacey Saucier (Williamstown, N.Y./APW) and Ott scored to tie the game on errors. Freshman first baseman Emma McCarthy (Stone Ridge, N.Y./Rondout Valley) then knocked in freshman pitcher Megan Fish (Getzville, N.Y./Williamsville North) with a single to put the Bears up for good. Freshman second baseman Sarah Hyland (Stony Brook, N.Y./Ward Melville) followed with a two RBI single to plate junior third baseman Chelsea Streeter (Massena, N.Y./Massena) and Fish. Saucier closed the scoring with a single to bring in McCarthy and make it 6-2.
After tacking on another run on an error in the bottom of the fourth, Potsdam walked off in the bottom of the fifth. Freshman left fielder Lucy Condon (Kitchener, Ontario/St. David Catholic) drove in the eighth run with a single up the middle that scored freshman pinch hitter Abby Hodgdon (Hammond, N.Y./Hammond). With one out and the bases loaded, Ott ended the contest with a double to right that scored Hyland and Saucier.
Fish improved to 3-4 on the season. She allowed two runs on two hits in five innings with four walks and three strikeouts. Canton junior Annie Sharlow (2-3) allowed 10 runs, though only three were earned, on 10 hits in 4.1 innings. She walked three and struck out one.
Ott was 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. Hyland was 2-for-3 with two RBI and one run. Fish went two for three with a run and Saucier was 1-for-1 with an RBI, two runs and two walks.
Potsdam continued to roll in game two. Sophomore center fielder Brooke Falsion (Brockport, N.Y./Brockport) led off the bottom of the first with a single and a stolen base. Next, Ott drove her in with another single. After Ott stole second, McCarthy drove her in with a single up the middle. Two more Bears reached on an error and a fielder's choice before senior right fielder Noelle Rufa (Helena, N.Y./St. Lawrence Central) made it a 3-0 game with a single to right to score senior catcher Lauren Brace (Moriah, N.Y./Moriah).
Falsion walked and stole second base to lead off the bottom of the second. Ott followed with a two-run blast over the right field fence to extend the Bears' lead to 5-0.
The Canton bats got going in the top of the fourth. The Roos loaded the bases on two singles and a walk. Senior third baseman Brittany Miner (Morrisonville, N.Y./Peru) then unloaded them with a triple to right center to close the gap to 5-3.
Falsion answered with an RBI triple to score Condon in the bottom of the fourth. Ott made it 7-3 with a ground out to second that plated Falsion.
Potsdam had another big inning in the bottom of the fifth, adding three runs on four hits for a 10-3 advantage. Senior third baseman Erin Murphy (Kingston, N.Y./Kingston) led off with a double to right and was driven in with a one out triple from Condon. Falsion followed with her second triple of the game to make it 9-3. Ott finished the rally with a double to left to increase the lead to seven.
Canton took advantage back-to-back walks to start the seventh. Junior second baseman Kaleigh Foran (Fort Ann, N.Y./Fort Ann) closed the gap to 10-4 with a single down the left field line. Freshman first baseman Courtney Hyland (Wallkill, N.Y./Wallkill) drove in two more with a single up the middle. Hyland then scored on an error after another single to get the Roos within 10-7 before the side was retired.
Potsdam junior pitcher Meghan Dougherty (1-7) allowed seven runs on nine hits, four walks and six strikeouts in six inning. Sophomore Alissa McCauley (Malone, N.Y./Franklin Academy) pitched the final inning, allowing a hit and striking out three Roos. Canton freshman Kelsey White (Russell, N.Y./Edwards Knox) went six innings, giving up 10 runs, nine earned, on 12 hits, two walks and four strikeouts.
Ott was 3-for-4 with five RBI and two runs scored. Falsion was 3-for-3 with two RBI and four runs. Condon finished 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs.
The Bears are back in action at 1 p.m. on Saturday, when they host Plattsburgh State for two SUNYAC contests.