PROVIDENCE – Inclement weather moved Saturday's GNAC softball doubleheader from Suffolk to Johnson & Wales. Even though the Wildcats were the visitors on the scoreboard, they used the home-field advantage to sweep the Rams with 4-0 and 5-4 victories.
Suffolk: 6-10, 0-2 GNAC
Johnson & Wales: 14-5, 6-0 GNAC
In game one, Johnson & Wales chipped away for runs in the fourth and fifth innings. Third baseman Meghan Gavin's (Wallingford, Conn.) second hit of the game scored Brenna DuPerry (Cranston, RI) to give JWU a 2-0 lead. Emily Gorecki (Bremerton, Wash.) delivered a two-run single seventh to secure the victory as part of her 2-for-3 performance.
Four runs would be more than enough for starting pitcher Jennifer Corona (Middle Island, NY). She only surrendered two hits with four strikeouts to improve to 6-2. Suffolk's Taylor Holmes struck out seven batters, but also gave up 11 hits as her record dropped to 2-5.
The Wildcats got two runs in the first inning of game two, including an RBI single by Katie Rufo (Natick, Mass.). The Rams took the lead in the third off a two-run home run by Jill Pulek. The third Suffolk error allowed Johnson & Wales to regain the lead in the sixth but Pulek struck again with an RBI single. Rufo drove in her second run of the game in the top of the seventh with a sacrifice fly to score Kristin Frost (Pearl City, Hawaii).
Corona came on in the sixth inning to record her seventh victory. The Rams out-hit the Wildcats 11-7, but the three errors in the field were costly. Five different Suffolk batters picked up multiple hits while Frost and DuPerry were the only Wildcats in game two with a pair of hits.
Johnson & Wales is on the road Sunday for another GNAC double dip at Rivier.