PROVIDENCE – Two big innings in each game powered the Johnson & Wales University softball team to a GNAC doubleheader sweep of Lasell on Tuesday. The Wildcats took the first game, 16-0, then defeated the Lasers, 24-0, in the nightcap.
Lasell: 0-8, 4-16 GNAC
Johnson & Wales: 18-5, 10-0 GNAC
The 40 runs are the most the Wildcats have scored in six years. Johnson & Wales defeated Albertus Magnus 33-0 and 22-0 on April 9, 2011.
Starting pitcher Jennifer Corona (Middle Island, NY) set the tone for an eight-run second inning in game one with a solo home run. Second baseman Ally Mishol (Longmeadow, Mass.) capped the scoring with a long ball as she belted a grand slam.
Seven of the nine batters picked up a hit and all nine Wildcats reached base. Third baseman Meghan Gavin (Wallingford, Conn.) and centerfielder Kristin Frost (Pearl City, Hawaii) led the way with three each.
For the second start in a row, Corona was nearly unhittable as she only surrendered one hit with nine strikeouts to pick up her 10th win of the year. Game two starter Noelle Weiss (Hartland, Wisc.) was nearly as good in the nightcap. She only gave up one hit in four scoreless innings.
Katie Rufo (Natick, Mass.) hit home runs in the first and second innings as the Wildcats jumped out to a 9-0 lead. She started what would be a massive 15-run fourth inning with her third home run of the game.
Johnson & Wales sent 21 batters to the plate in the fourth. Three different Wildcats had two hits in the inning, including Tiffany Semanchik (Flemington, NJ) as she recorded three of her five hits during the frame. Semanchik was one of six players to pick up multiple hits in the nightcap. Diana Amendolara (Newtown, Pa.) drove in five runs during the fourth with a double and a grand slam.
The Wildcats go on the road Thursday to take on Roger Williams at 4 p.m. in a single game.