EAST BOSTON, Mass. – For the fourth year in a row, the Johnson & Wales University softball team has worked its way into the GNAC Championship game. The Wildcats posted their second shutout in a row, 6-0, over the top seed Suffolk on Saturday.
Johnson & Wales: 30-11
JWU senior Jennifer Corona continued her strong performance both in the circle and at the plate. She ran her GNAC Tournament scoreless streak to 16 innings by throwing a three-hit shutout. Corona struck out six batters and only issued two walks.
She also supplied all the offense JWU would need. Meghan Gavin and Kristin Frost picked up one-out singles in the first inning then Katie Rufo drew a walk to load the bases. Corona blasted her sixth home run of the year to put the Wildcats up 4-0.
Corona factored into another run in the fourth inning. An error on her ground ball allowed Alex Fantasia to cross the plate.
Gavin picked up her third hit in the seventh as she singled up the middle to plate Kayla McKinnon. McKinnon had a pair of hits.
Johnson & Wales has won 30 games for the third year in a row.
Johnson & Wales advances to Sunday's championship game. The Wildcats will face the winner of the Emmanuel-Suffolk game at 12:30 p.m. The Saints or Rams will have to beat JWU twice to win the title.