Dutchwomen Shine in Florida, Spring Break Recap

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. – The Union College softball team returned home from their spring break week of games with a 7-1 record and leaving the Sunshine State with a six-game winning streak. The garnet and white outscored their opponents 50-17 in those eight games from Clermont, Fla.

First Jessie Rooney was named Liberty League Rookie of the week after she struck out 27 batters in 19 innings of work on Saturday and Sunday and posting a 2-1 record in three appearances.

Rooney had an excellent start to her collegiate career, striking out 27 batters in 19.0 innings while allowing three earned runs over four appearances. She struck out nine batters in seven innings and gave up three earned runs in her first collegiate start on Saturday against Chicago.

On Sunday she did not allow a run and struck out 15 batters in 11 innings of work to earn the victory in both games, striking out 10 in four innings of one-hit relief against Manchester and following up with a two-hit shutout of Colby. Batters facing Rooney had a .155 batting average last week.

Junior Tara Hartnett leads the team in batting average, hitting .500 (8-16) on the trip with a .667 on base percentage. Classmate Karson Saunders leads the team in hits (11), triples (2) and RBIs (8), as well as OPS (1.451) and slugging percentage (.870).

First-year Nahnny Sobetzko leads the Dutchwomen with three doubles on the year, and is second on the team in hits with nine.

In the circle both junior Amanda Granato and Rooney have been excellent for Union. Granato is 3-0 with a 2.42 ERA with 12 strikeouts and opponents are batting .200 against her. Rooney has posted a 4-1 record with a 1.18 ERA, three complete games, 38 strikeouts and opponents are batting .150 against her.

Fourteen players for Union recorded their first hits of the season and 13 players also recorded a RBI as well for the Dutchwomen. 

Fun Facts:
Union scored eight runs twice this season so far, and had a season-high 11 hits twice as well in eight games.

The current six-game winning streak is the longest for the Dutchwomen since 2014, while the 7-1 start is their best start since 2009 when the team won 10 of its first 11 games.

Rooney finished with 10 strikeouts in four innings of one-hit relief against Manchester, marking the first time a Union pitcher struck out 10 or more in a game since 2014 when Alyssa Wolejko ’14 had 12 and Allison Staats ’15 had 10 in a doubleheader sweep of RIT.