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Senior Megan Johnson (Heuvelton) had just tossed a complete game and allowed just one run on 78 pitches.

At the plate, her winning RBI double that brought home pinch runner Rachel Grefke in the bottom of the fifth inning was the difference maker in lifting the Bears to a 2-1 victory in game one of a doubleheader against SUNYAC opponent New Paltz on Saturday.

So when SUNY Potsdam softball coach Shannon Dillabough turned to Johnson and asked if she wanted to start game two, the captain only had a definitive one-word response to the question.

“Yes.”

For an encore performance, Johnson returned to the pitching circle after just a 45-minute break in between and tossed another complete game in leading the Bears to 5-4 victory in game two.

“I was just trying to throw strikes and let the defense behind me do most of the work,” said Johnson, who picked up two wins and lowered her earned run average by nearly a full run through her heavy workload.

“He [coach Dillabough] asked me if I was ready to go for a second game and I felt fine. The defense saved a lot of runs for me. I have faith in my field. My curveball was moving slowly and it kept their hitters off. I was able to work the corners well. I kept trying to move the ball around. It feels amazing to get a conference sweep. And, hey, we had to keep it interesting.”

Sophomore Katie Marsman blasted an offering over the left-center field fence by a good 15 feet for her second home run of the season to tie at it 1-1 in the fourth inning.

In game two, the Bears fell behind 4-2 and immediately answered with two runs in the bottom half of the fifth to tie at 4-4 on RBI singles by Marsman and senior Brittany Thivierge.

Potsdam promptly won the game when Marsman cracked a one-out double and then scored on Thivierge’s drive to deep left field.

Marsman finished 2-for-4 with a double, two RBI and a run scored in game two. Freshman Jordan Ott went 3-for-4 out of the leadoff spot with a triple, double, a single and two runs scored.

In game one, Kelly Becker and Spiker each batted 2-for-3 for the Bears.

The Bears dropped a 14-0, 8-1 doubleheader on Sunday.

Jordan Ott doubled and singled in the second game for the Bears and Kelly Becker tripled and singled.

Monday’s action saw Cortland sweep the Bears 8-0 and 1-0. In the 1-0 loss Megan Briner pitched in a two-hitter but a losst a stingy duel to Sarah Salamone.

Katie Marsman, who has hit safely in 13 of 15 games , and Shannon Pagliaro singled for the Bears (4-20, 3-9 SUNYAC.

Jordan Ott singled twice for Potsdam in the first game and Megan Johnson and Noelle Rufa singled

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