Freshman Pitcher Leads Way With 11 Ks

TROY, April 20 – A gutsy performance by freshman pitcher Angela Jackson (Colonie) helped Hudson Valley Community College earn a split in this afternoon's doubleheader against SUNY Delhi. The righthander pitched two complete games, striking out 11 batters. Hudson Valley dropped the first game, 4-0, but came back to take the second contest, 5-2.

The Vikings now sport a 7-7 record. Delhi is 2-8.

Jackson, who came into the day as one of the top 10 strikeout artists in the nation among NJCAA Division III pitchers, upped her total to 80. By winning the second game, she increased her record to 7-6. And Jackson also boasts the second highest batting average on the Hudson Valley squad. Before today's games, in which she went 2-for-5, she was hitting .419.

"She's a strong player," head coach Meagan Asenbauer said. "I'm glad she'll be back next year."

In the first game, Hudson Valley threatened to blow things open in the bottom of the third, loading the bases with nobody out, but Delhi induced three consecutive pop outs to escape without damage. Delhi, meanwhile, scored three runs in the fifth. The Vikings threatened again in the bottom of the seventh and final inning – Jackson led off with a single and Susan Hoefer (Shenendehowa) also singled – but Delhi escaped again, winning the game.

The Vikings came out of the gates faster in the second contest, racking up four hits and pushing across two runs in the bottom of the second inning. Tara Anthony (Troy) started Hudson Valley off with a single. Jackson then bunted her way onto first, and Renee Chadwick (Hartford) singled home Anthony. Jackson scored on a Jill Newberry (Schoharie) single, giving Hudson Valley a 2-0 lead.

"They were more fired up for the second game," Asenbauer said. "They played more together as a team. We decided to play aggressively, doing it hit-by-hit, run-by-run. And if that means bunting all the way through the order, then that's what we're going to do."

Delhi tied the game in the fifth, but Hudson Valley responded with three more runs in the bottom of the frame. Bobbi Jo Fronk (Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake) and Joelle Meschino (Colonie) scored on Lauren Hoffman's (Averill Park) bunt single, which Delhi's pitcher threw into the outfield. And Hoffman came home on a sacrifice bunt by Jackson.

"It felt great to win the second game," Asenbauer said. "We've got some tough games coming up in the next week. Hopefully this will give us some confidence."

Hudson Valley Community College, located in Troy, offers more than 50 degree and certificate programs in four academic divisions; Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, Hudson Valley has an enrollment of more than 9,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining.