NASHUA, NH – The Johnson & Wales University softball team continues to wreak havoc on conference opponents. The Wildcats stayed undefeated in the GNAC with 12-0 and 10-4 victories over Rivier on Sunday.
Johnson & Wales: 16-5, 8-0 GNAC
Rivier: 6-10, 0-4 GNAC
Emily Gorecki (JWU): 2-2, 1 R, 2 RBI (GM 1) / 3-4 3 R, 3 RBI (GM 2)
Meghan Gavin (JWU): 2-3, 1 R, 3 RBI (GM 1) / 2-4, 3 R, 1 RBI (GM 2)
Ally Mishol (JWU): 2-2, 2 R, 1 RBI /3-4 (GM 2)
Not quite halfway through the conference schedule, the Wildcats are hitting .390 against league pitchers and scoring an average of nine runs per game. Senior Emily Gorecki (Bremerton, Wash.) is hitting .600 in league play while Alex Fantasia (Framingham, Mass.) is close behind at .579.
Fantasia added to her total in game one when she belted a three-run home run – her first of the season – as part of a six-run second inning. Gorecki capped a six-run third inning when she drove in two runs with a triple but was thrown out at the plate trying to record an inside-the-park home run.
Pitcher Jennifer Corona (Middle Island, NY) nearly had her second no-hitter of the year. She surrendered just one hit with 10 strikeouts in the opener. She also threw the final 2 2/3 of game two to improve to 9-2.
Rivier took a 2-1 lead in the third inning, but helped the Wildcats pull ahead in the sixth. A passed ball scored Brenna DuPerry (Cranston, RI) then a Katie Rufo sacrifice fly (Natick, Mass.) plated Meghan Gavin (Wallingford, Conn.) and a throwing error on the same play scored Kristin Frost (Pearl City, Hawaii) with the eventual winning run.
For good measure, the Wildcats tacked on four more runs in the top of the seventh, including Gorecki's eighth home run of the year. Five different players had two or more hits in both games.
The Wildcats are back at home on Tuesday when they play host to Lasell for a 4 p.m. doubleheader.