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April 18, 2008

 

Gem keys sweep

TC3 Softball

Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
TC3’s Kati Dennis (6) rounds second base after a two-run triple by teammate Danielle O'Rourke in the bottom of the third inning against Finger Lakes Community College.       

DRYDEN —A no-hitter in game one and a run in the bottom of the seventh of game two gave Tompkins Cortland Community College softball a dramatic sweep of Finger Lakes Community College Thursday. The Panthers dominated the opener behind the pitching of Niki Rieman while winning 9-0 before squeezing out a 3-2 win in the nightcap. TC3 is now 10-9 overall, 6-4 in Region III, and 3-1 in the Mid-State Athletic Conference. Finger Lakes falls to 2-6 overall and in region and 0-2 in conference.
Game one was never in doubt, as Rieman was shutting down the Lakers in the circle while the Panthers were scoring nearly at will. TC3 took advantage of three Finger Lakes errors in the first to score four runs and then added another four in the second. The final run came in the third as the contest was shortened to four and a half innings by the mercy rule.
Rieman struck out seven while walking two to complete the no-hitter, the second of her career. Casey Ebeling led the offense by going 2-for-2 with a double and two runs batted in. Danielle O’Rourke tripled and drove in a run and Stephanie Miller doubled and scored twice.
The second game saw TC3 again take an early lead. In the bottom of the first, Miller started a rally by reaching on a dropped third strike and then stealing second. O’Rourke followed with an RBI single, and then came around to score on a single by Jenn Iler.
The lead stood at 2-0 as TC3 pitcher Kelly Cameron took her own no-hitter into the fourth.
In the fourth, Finger Lakes finally reached with a hit and took advantage of some sloppy TC3 play that included a fielder’s choice that resulted in no outs and a wild pitch play to tie the game up. The score remained tied at 2-2 heading into the last inning.
In the bottom of the seventh, Samantha Lafer reached base on a hit and was replaced by pinch-runner Brienna Blanchard, a Cincinnatus High School graduate. Blanchard came around to score the game winner on a hit by Stephanie Stagg, giving the Panthers the dramatic end to the sweep.
Rieman earned the win in relief of Cameron, who allowed no earned runs in four innings.
TC3 will host Mohawk Valley Community College Sunday in a 1 p.m. doubleheader.