It was a short day of work Monday for the Buffalo State softball team. In spite of playing a doubleheader, the Bengals had to stay on the field at Fort Myers, Fla., for only 10 innings as the eight-run "mercy" rule came into play in both games against New Hampshire-based schools.
The Bengals (4-0) opened with an 11-0 pounding of Plymouth State as pitcher Kari Raymond allowed four hits while working all five innings for her second consecutive shutout. Nicole Cefaratti (West Seneca West) paced the attack with three hits and two RBIs while Marcy Bochinski (Maryvale) added three hits and an RBI.
In the second five-inning game, a 15-0 rout of Franklin Pierce, Karrie Albert (North Tonawanda) had two hits and drove in four runs while Destra Tontala (Williamsville North) was 3 for 3 with three runs scored. Winning pitcher Melanie Reed (North Tonawanda) allowed three hits and struck out four.
Erie Community College split two games, losing to Henry Ford (Mich.), 7-6, and beating Elgin College (Ill.), 19-8.
Against Henry Ford, Trina Marcus (Tonawanda) had three hits in three trips and drove in three runs. Marcus also connected for three hits against Elgin and had four RBIs. Jackie Hayward (Kenmore West) added a two-run home run that easily cleared the 225-foot sign. The Lady Kats evened their record at 2-2.
BASEBALL: Erie CC dropped to 1-3 for the season with two losses in Fort Myers. The Kats suffered a 6-3 defeat against Manatee CC of Sarasota, before dropping a 2-0 verdict to Morton (Ill.).
WOMEN'S LACROSSE: Buffalo State, whose roster includes 11 players from Section VI schools, is scheduled to open its season at 4 today against the University of Rochester at Coyer Field. The Lady Bengals were 0-10 last season.