Hudson Valley Splits with DuPage

CONTACT: Steve Mullen (518) 629-8063
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, March 21, 2006

The Hudson Valley Community College softball team split with the College of DuPage in a meeting of nationally-ranked teams in Orlando, FL. Hudson Valley won the opener in eight innings, 6-5, and lost, 4-3, in the nightcap in eight innings.

Hudson Valley, ranked third in the NJCAA Division III poll, is now 2-1 on the season. Fourth-ranked DuPage is 7-2.

Freshman Sarah Spellman (Bethlehem/Bethlehem High School) drove in five runs in the opener for the Vikings. She hit a game-tying grand slam over the left field fence in the bottom of the sixth inning and then had the game-winning RBI single in the eighth inning.

Sophomore pitcher Laura Rogers (Greenwich/Schuylerville High School) pitched three scoreless innings to pick up the win for Hudson Valley. Freshman catcher Talia Valenti (Troy/Troy High School) added a double and a single for the Vikings.

Tatiana Gibson roped a two-run triple to right field in the bottom of the eighth inning to give DuPage the win in the nightcap.

Sophomore Melissa Van Heusen (Scotia/Scotia-Glenville High School) had two singles for Hudson Valley. Despite taking the loss, freshman pitcher Tracy Chesebrough (Duanesburg/Duanesburg High School) only allowed three hits and struck out 13 batters.

DuPage        003 110 00 – 5 11 2
Hudson Valley 000 104 01 – 6  9 1

DuPage: Krizek and Witt
Hudson Valley: Wintergerst, Rogers (6) and Valenti

Hudson Valley 010 000 11 – 3 8 1
DuPage        002 000 02 – 4 3 3

Hudson Valley: Chesebrough and Valenti
DuPage: Gutierrez and Krizek