Western New England finishes spring trip with 8-2 record
CLERMONT, Fla. (March 16, 2017) – The Western New England University softball team wrapped up its ten-game spring break trip in Florida today, splitting a pair of contests against Gallaudet University and New York University at Hancock Park. The Golden Bears rolled to a 9-0, five-inning victory over Gallaudet in the morning, before falling to NYU by an 8-6 score in the afternoon game.
Western New England 9, Gallaudet 0 (5 Innings)
• Senior catcher Corianna DeLisi (Tuxedo, N.Y.) led the way for the Golden Bears in the opener, going 2-for-3 with a three-run double and a run scored. Senior Samantha Emmert (Hyde Park, N.Y.) went 2-for-3 with two runs, while senior Katie Wood (Westport, Mass.) and juniors Jenn Luba (Plymouth, Conn.) and Lindsay Williams (Coventry, Conn.) chipped in with one hit and one RBI each.
• Junior Emily Cramer (Stoughton, Mass.) earned the win, improving to 2-0 on the season, with four shutout frames in the circle. Cramer surrendered just three hits before giving way to senior Samantha DiGiovanni (Shirley, N.Y.), who closed out the contest with a scoreless fifth.
• Senior Jordan Hogan (Severn, Md.) and juniors Courtney Thomas (Yorkville, Ill.) and Alyssa Barlow (Chandler, Ariz.) had one hit each for Gallaudet.
• Western New England put two runs on the board in the bottom of the first, as Luba recorded an RBI double and freshman Aimee Kistner (Taunton, Mass.) followed with a sacrifice fly after two of the first three batters in the inning reached base.
• The Golden Bears made it 3-0 in the third on Williams' two-out, RBI single, before breaking the game open with four runs in the third. Aided by a pair of Gallaudet errors, Western New England loaded the bases with one out before plating a run on a passed ball. Later in the inning with two outs and the bases still loaded, DeLisi drove a double into the gap in right center field, allowing all three runners to cross the plate as the Golden Bears opened up a 7-0 lead.
• Western New England tacked on two more runs in fourth and cruised to a 9-0 triumph.
• Eight of Western New England's nine runs were unearned due to Gallaudet's four errors.
• The win extended the Golden Bears' winning streak to eight games.
• Gallaudet dropped to 5-8-1 with the loss.
New York University 8, Western New England 6
• Williams reached base three times in game two, going 2-for-3 with a walk, a run scored and one RBI. Junior Samantha Pelow (Torrington, Conn.) went 2-for-4 with one RBI, while classmate Jen Zazzarino (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.) added two hits for the Golden Bears.
• NYU was led by sophomore Diana King (Rye, N.Y.), who doubled and drove in three runs, and junior Sage Scheiwiller (Spokane, Wash.), who went 2-for-3 with a double and three RBI.
• NYU scored first on an RBI triple by sophomore Ashley Mains (Los Gatos, Calif.) in the bottom of the first, before Western New England responded with a run in the top of the second on freshman Carlie Moss' (Delmar, N.Y.) RBI double to right field.
• The Violets scored four times on three hits in the bottom half of the second, highlighted by King's two-run double to right center.
• Western New England pulled to within one (5-4) with three runs in the top of the fourth despite recording just one hit, as NYU committed four errors in the frame. The Violets got all three runs back in the fifth, however, using a two-run single by Scheiwiller and a bases-loaded walk by King to claim an 8-4 advantage.
• The Golden Bears continued to battle back, scoring twice in the sixth to make it a two-run game. After Wood walked and Luba doubled to put two runners in scoring position, Kistner drove in a run with a sacrifice fly and Williams followed with an RBI single to center field.
• Still trailing by the same margin in the seventh, Western New England loaded the bases with two outs, but NYU freshman Scarlett Murphy (Stuart, Fla.) induced a pop out to end the contest and earn the save.
• The Golden Bears stranded 13 runners on base over the course of the game.
• Each of the nine players in Western New England's batting order recorded at least one hit, as the Golden Bears outhit the Violets 12-8.
• NYU improved to 4-2 with the win.
Western New England (8-2) returns north for two games at Smith next Wednesday (March 22), before opening its home and Commonwealth Coast Conference schedules against Eastern Nazarene on Friday.