Kistner drives in three runs and picks up win in circle
CLERMONT, Fla. (March 20, 2019) – The Western New England University softball team evened its record with an 8-6 victory over Calvin College on Wednesday morning at Hancock Park.
Junior Aimee Kistner (Taunton, Mass.) led the way for the Golden Bears, going 2-for-3 at the plate with a walk and three RBI. Kistner also picked up the win in the circle after surrendering three earned runs over five innings of work.
Calvin junior infielder Hannah Horvath (Caledonia, Mich.) and freshman outfielder Hannah Biddlecome (Portage, Mich.) went a combined 5-for-7 with two RBI and two runs scored out of the top two spots in the batting order. Horvath went 2-for-3 with two runs, while Biddlecome doubled twice as part of a 3-for-4 showing.
Junior infielder Grace Quiggle (Saranac, Mich.) also chipped in offensively, going 2-for-3 with a two-run home run.
Kistner gave the Golden Bears a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when she doubled to drive in Cooney, who reached on an error to lead off the frame.
Calvin pulled ahead in the top of the second, however, on Quiggle's two-run shot to right center field.
The Knights added a run to their advantage (3-1) in the top of the third, but in the bottom half of the inning Western New England freshman Dina DiBlasio (Norwalk, Conn.) and Kistner both recorded RBI singles and DiBlasio later scored on an error to put the Golden Bears back in front, 4-3.
Western New England then utilized timely two-out hitting in the fourth to extend its lead to 7-3. Cooney and Buzzeo recorded consecutive one-out singles, and after DiBlasio struck out, Kistner walked to load the bases. Decker came up next and reached on an error that brought in Cooney from third, before freshman Jamie Cookingham (Warner, N.H.) delivered a two-run double to right center.
Calvin scored twice in the top of the fifth to cut its deficit to two (7-5), but Kistner drove in her third run in the bottom of the inning to make it a three-run game.
Western New England junior Paige Uliase (Meriden, Conn.) came on to pitch the sixth and gave up one run, but stranded two runners on base before retiring the side in order in the seventh to seal the win.
• The top four in Western New England's batting order accounted for seven of the Golden Bears' eight hits.
• Western New England left nine runners on base, while the Knights stranded five.
Western New England (4-4) is back in action tomorrow afternoon with contests against Trinity (1:30 p.m.) and Farmingdale State (4 p.m.).