PROVIDENCE – The Johnson & Wales University softball bats were on fire against Anna Maria on Saturday but that paled in comparison to the pitching staff. Junior Jennifer Corona threw the first perfect game of her collegiate career to win game one, 11-0, then Emily Gundrum tossed a one-hitter in a 14-0 victory as the Wildcats swept the doubleheader.
Anna Maria: 2-8, 0-2
Johnson & Wales: 9-4, 2-0
Emily Gorecki (JWU): 2-3, 2 R, 4 RBI (GM 2)
Meghan Gavin (JWU): 2-4, 2 R, 2 RBI (GM 1)
Brenna DuPerry (JWU): 1-3, 2 R (GM 1) / 2-3, 3 R, 3 RBI (GM 2)
Alex Fantasia (JWU): 3-2, 2 R, 2 RBI (GM 2)
Corona (Middle Island, NY) struck out 12 of the 15 batters she faced and the AMCATS didn't get a ball out of the infield as they only managed two ground outs and a pop up. It's the first JWU perfect game since Taylor Cwalinski hurled one against Suffolk on April 13, 2014.
JWU got all the offense it would need in the bottom of the first inning. Kristin Frost (Pearl City, Hawaii) drilled a three-run home run – the first of her collegiate career – then Ally Mishol (Longmeadow, Mass.) smacked a two-run double. Frost was 3-for-3 with two runs scored and three RBIs.
The Wildcats tacked on six more runs in the fourth inning, including back-to-back home runs. Diana Amendolara (Newtown, Pa.) crushed a three-run home run then Emily Schaper (Pompton Lakes, NJ) followed with a solo shot. Amendolara was one of four Wildcats with multiple hits, including Meghan Gavin (Wallingford, Conn.) who went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored.
Gundrum (Bethlehem, Pa.) was just as dazzling in game two as she struck out seven batters to get her fourth win. Ironically, she surrendered a leadoff single to Jacqueline Lapierre to start the game. The rest of the way she only gave up two walks and a pair of hit batters.
Johnson & Wales exploded for nine runs in the fourth inning. Emily Gorecki (Bremerton, Wash.) blasted a grand slam to complete the scoring. The Wildcats hit four home runs in the game, including the first collegiate dinger for Sierra Allen (Jurupa Valley, Calif.) in the fourth. Shortstop Brenna DuPerry (Cranston, RI) was 2-for-3, including a solo home run in the bottom of the first.
The Wildcats are back at home on Thursday to take on Framingham State in a 4 p.m. doubleheader.