NEWTON, Mass. – One of the top offenses in the country, the Johnson & Wales University softball team can also win the low-scoring games. The Wildcats started Tuesday's doubleheader at Mount Ida by winning 4-0 then broke out the bats in a 13-1, five-inning decision in the nightcap.
Johnson & Wales: 22-6, 14-0 GNAC
Simmons: 9-16, 4-10 GNAC
Diana Amendolara (JWU): 2-3, 1 R, 4 RBI (GM 2)
Katie Rufo (JWU): 1-4, 2 RBI (GM 1) / 2-4, 1 R, 2 RBI (GM 2)
Tiffani Semanchik (JWU): 2-4 (GM 1).
Designated hitter Katie Rufo (Natick, Mass.) provided all the offense the Wildcats would need when she ripped a two-run single as part of a three-run third inning. First baseman Emily Gorecki (Bremerton, Wash.) added an insurance run with an RBI single in the fifth.
Pitcher Jennifer Corona (Middle Island, NY) continues to dominate the GNAC. She threw her fifth shutout in game one to lower her ERA to 0.54 against conference opponents. Corona only surrendered three hits with nine strikeouts and no walks.
The Wildcats got the offense going with 11 hits in game two. Every starter reached base and eight of the nine batters collected a hit.
Rufo started the scoring in the top of the first with an RBI single then Diana Amendolara (Newtown, Pa.) ripped a two-run double. In the third, it was Sierra Allen's (Jurupa Valley, Calif.) turn to drive in a pair of runs with a single.
A walk and a wild pitch brought home the first two runs in the fifth. Kristin Frost (Pearl City, Hawaii) and Amendolara broke open the game by each driving in a pair of runs during a six-run inning.
Game two starter Noelle Weiss (Hartland, Wisc.) kept the Mustangs at bay all game. She only surrendered one run on two hits with three strikeouts and two walks to improve to 4-2.
Johnson & Wales returns home for three-straight GNAC doubleheaders, starting Wednesday at 4 p.m. against Albertus Magnus. The Falcons are second behind the Wildcats in the conference standings.