The Phoenix scores first
The Phoenix started their NEAC tournament action the morning of Fri, May 3, taking on the Fighting Tigers of SUNY Cobleskill. Wilson found the scoreboard first when Tara Fields ‘13 batted in two runs in the third inning. The Tigers chipped away at the lead, scoring one run in the fifth inning. In the top of the seventh inning, Cobleskill had the tying run on third and the go-ahead run on second. Megan Schneck ‘14 made an amazing play in the hole at second base to end the game and secure the two-one victory for the Phoenix.
In their first game Saturday morning, Wilson battled the number one seed in the North Division, Keuka College. Again, Wilson found the score board first, scoring in the third inning. However, the Keuka Storm scored a run in the sixth inning, tying the game at one-one. In the bottom of the seventh, Keuka batted in the winning run, defeating Wilson two-one and relegating the Phoenix to the second chance bracket.
After a short break, Wilson faced NEAC South rival Penn State Abington. The Phoenix took an early lead, scoring runs in the first and third innings. Wilson was able to maintain the early four run lead, holding Abington to just one run in the sixth inning and securing the four-one victory.
In their third game on Saturday, Wilson went to work at the plate, defeating SUNY IT 12-1 in five innings. Several players had standout performances at the plate for the Phoenix. Schneck went three for three at the plate, scoring three runs. Katelyn Wingerd ‘16 went one for two with three runs batted in (RBIs), and Faith Ricker ‘15 went two for three with two RBIs and scoring two runs.
Sunday morning, Wilson faced Keuka again for the chance to get the championship game. However, an 11-5 loss to the Storm eliminated the Phoenix from the tournament.
Pitcher Taylor Crouse ‘16 had an outstanding performance on the mound for the Phoenix, pitching every game of the tournament. In 32 innings pitched, Crouse recorded 33 strike outs and a 3.98 earned run average, while holding opponents to just 36 hits, 16 runs and a .283 batting average.
Schneck also turned in an outstanding performance at the plate for Wilson during the course of the weekend. In 18 total plate appearances, Schneck recorded 13 hits and seven runs, with six stolen bases, and zero strike outs. She also led the tournament with a .722 batting average. In addition, Schneck’s slugging percentage (.778) and on base percentage (.737) ranked second in the tournament.
Coach Cline pleased with team's passion and determination
The Phoenix ends the season with a 16-17 record, 16-9 in the conference. Head softball coach Brett Cline was pleased with the passion and determination the team played with at the end of the season.
“Our goal going into the tournament was to strive for our dream and leave everything we had on the field. During the tournament, this team played with pride, they played as a unit, and left everything on the field. We are very proud of what they accomplished,” said Cline.