PROVIDENCE, RI – There was no shortage of runs Thursday evening in the GNAC Tournament softball game between Johnson & Wales University and Albertus Magnus College. The top-seeded Wildcats scored 11 runs in the fifth and six innings to win 13-12.
The Falcons picked up the first run of the game when Rachel Cataudella hit a solo home run with two outs in the second inning. Laura Anderson smacked a two-run double to left center as part of a three-run third inning.
AMC picked up another run in the fifth, but JWU scored six runs in the bottom of the inning to take the lead. Frost scored a pair of runs on a two-run single then Diana Amendolara (Newtown, Pa.) hit a towering three-run home run.
Not to be outdone, Albertus Magnus responded with four runs in the top of the sixth. The Falcons got three-straight RBI singles to tie the game then JWU reliever Caitlin Kiene (South Windsor, Conn.) walked Cataudella with the bases load to give AMC the lead, 9-8.
One of the top offenses in the country, Johnson & Wales had the answer with a five-run sixth. Shortstop Brenna DuPerry (Cranston, RI) drilled a three-run triple and Gorecki followed with a two-run double to swing the lead back to JWU, 13-9.
The Falcons didn't go down without a fight as Anderson belted a three-run home run with two outs to pull AMC within a run. Pitcher Jennifer Corona (Middle Island, NY), who started the game and was chased out in the third, came back in the seventh to close out the victory.
Johnson & Wales stays in the winner's bracket where it will face Suffolk at 3 p.m. on Saturday. The Falcons take on Norwich at 10 a.m. that day in an elimination game.