PROVIDENCE – After dropping a heartbreaker in the opening game on Friday against UMass Dartmouth, the Johnson & Wales University softball team responded by upping the offense. The Wildcats lost game one to the Corsairs, 4-2 in nine innings, then came back to win the nightcap, 7-4.
UMass Dartmouth: 9-5
Johnson & Wales: 7-4
In game one, the Corsairs took leads in first and fourth innings, but the Wildcats had an answer in their half of the third and fifth innings. Shortstop Brenna DuPerry (Cranston, RI) picked up her second hit when she ripped a solo home run in the fifth. DuPerry was the only player on either team to collect more than one hit as she went 3-for-4 with an RBI and run scored.
UMass Dartmouth won the opener in dramatic fashion as Marissa Spinuzzi hit a two-run home run off JWU reliever Kristin Frost (Pearl City, Hawaii) in the top of the ninth inning. Annika Evensen threw three shutout innings to pick up the victory.
The Wildcats pushed their lead to 7-2 in the nightcap with three runs in the third and fourth innings. A Corsairs' error and a wild pitch helped JWU gets three runs in the third. Emily Gorecki (Bremerton, Wash.) jacked a three-run home run in the fourth to give Johnson & Wales a comfortable lead. Gorecki and Diana Amendolara (Newtown, Pa.) each had a pair of hits.
Johnson & Wales opens GNAC action on Saturday when it plays host to Anna Maria for a 12 p.m. doubleheader.