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Softball Travels to Rochester to Compete in the Liberty League Championship Tournament

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ITHACA, N.Y. – For the second consecutive year, the Ithaca College softball team earned the No. 2 seed in the Liberty League Championship tournament. It will once again return to the four-team double elimination format. The University of Rochester clinched the No. 1 seed and the right to host the entire tournament and will host No. 4 Skidmore on Thursday, May 5 at 12 p.m. while Ithaca will take on No. 3 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday. The tournament seeding was comprised of the top four teams in the Liberty League standings.

The University of Rochester earned the top seed after sweeping IC during the final weekend of the regular season as they enter the tournament with a 23-13 overall record and 13-1 mark in the Liberty League play.

The Bombers finished the regular season with a 20-15 overall record and were 11-3 within the Liberty League. RPI was just behind with an overall record of 23-15 and 10-4 mark in conference play. Skidmore clinched the No. 4 seed with a 7-7 record in Liberty League games while finishing the regular season at 24-12.

Full schedule and results for the Liberty League Tournament can be found here. Live stats can be found here, while live video (pay-per-view) can be found here.

INSIDE LOOK AT THE BOMBERS

Ithaca is batting just .250 this season but have come up with several clutch at-bats all season including a walk-off blast from Kailey Collins that powered them to a 4-3 win over RPI earlier in season. The Bombers have belted 17 home runs on the year and stolen 78 bases. IC was also the top fielding unit in the Liberty League combining for a .963 fielding percentage.

Julia Loffredo leads the team with a .343 average, two home runs and 24 RBI. Six Bombers have hit two or more homers including Tava Kasper who has blasted a team-best three.

Emma Kindblom has scored a team-high 31 runs, while totaling 30 hits and nine doubles, to go along with .288 average. Allison Dell’Orto has the second-best batting average on the team (.293) and has swiped a team-leading 13 bases on the season.

First year infielder Sela Scheinman and first year outfielder Hudson Hassler have each provided immediate sparks to the IC lineup in 2022 combining to start 55 games at third base and right field, respectively. Scheinman enters postseason play slashing .268 with 17 RBI and Hassler is right behind her with a .267 average and 16 runs scored.

In the circle, IC possesses two outstanding options in both Riley Piromalli and Anna Cornell. Piromalli leads the staff with her 3.33 ERA in 98.2 innings pitched with 102 strikeouts. First year Anna Cornell has a 10-5 record, which included nine complete games and a Liberty League best five shutouts in 82.2 innings. She finished up the regular season with a 1.95 ERA (2nd in the LL), including a 1.04 ERA in 40.1 innings pitched across Liberty League play. Fellow newcomer Melody Kappel has been a weapon out of the bullpen with three saves across 13 appearances.

SCOUTING ROCHESTER

The University of Rochester were crowned 2021 Liberty League Champions after defeating Ithaca 6-1, it was the Yellowjackets first conference title since the 2016 season. They are once again led by Margaret Yerdon-Grange who is in the midst of her 13th season.

The Yellowjackets are hitting .307 and have smashed a Liberty League best 30 home runs entering the postseason. They have totaled 119 extra base hits, which has included 78 doubles, 11 triples and the 30 homers. First year Ally Kim has been a difference maker in the middle of the UR lineup slashing .390 with 10 doubles, five home runs and a team-best 26 RBI.

A pitcher to watch out for against Rochester will be Lauren Keys who posted a 9-6 record with a 3.05 ERA in her first year with the Yellowjackets.

SCOUTING RPI

RPI, which is led by 12th-year head coach Amber Maisonet, enters postseason play with a .315 team batting average and a .369 on-base percentage. The club has scored 221 runs and allowed 170, while going 62 of 67 on stolen base attempts. In the circle, RPI has a team earned run average of 3.72 and has recorded 255 strikeouts in 250 innings.

Senior Erika Holowka leads the RPI pitching staff with a 10-5 record and a 3.02 earned run average. She has struck out 98 batters in 95.0 innings, allowing a .270 opponent batting average.

Offensively the Engineers, are led by junior Gabby Comeau leads the team with a .438 batting average with 15 doubles, a homerun, 16 runs scored and 40 runs batted in.

SCOUTING SKIDMORE

The Thoroughbreds are led by third-year head coach Rinae Olson and had to win their final four games of the regular season to clinch the No. 4 seed. Offensively, Megan White leads Skidmore and the Liberty League in hitting at .484. She is also the league leader in OBP (.524) and doubles (17).

Skidmore is one of the toughest teams in the tournament to strike out, having only been punched out 118 times over the course of 36 games. They also feature to very viable pitchers in the circle in Hannah Davis and Lindsey Raimondi who have totaled double-digit win totals. Davis enters the postseason with a 2.66 ERA in 102.2 innings pitched.

 

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