Pitching & Defense Leads Softball to Sweep at Simmons

Pitching & Defense Leads Softball to Sweep at Simmons

BOSTON – The Johnson & Wales University softball team remained on top of the conference standings by taking both games of Saturday's doubleheader at Simmons. Wildcat pitchers only surrendered a pair of runs as JWU won by scores of 3-1 and 6-1.

Johnson & Wales: 20-6, 12-0 GNAC
Simmons: 9-16, 4-10 GNAC

Statistical Leaders:
Emily Gorecki (JWU): 2-4, 1 RBI (GM 1)
Kristin Frost (JWU): 2-4, 1 R, 2 RBI (GM 2)
Meghan Gavin (JWU): 2-3, 2 R (GM 2)

Of Note:
Lately, the game has been in the bag by the time the Wildcats get to the fifth inning, but they had to mount a comeback in game one. An Emily Gorecki (Bremerton, Wash.) double scored Kristin Frost (Pearl City, Hawaii) to tie the game in the fifth.

The Sharks helped JWU score the winning runs in the top of the seventh. Alex Fantasia (Framingham, Mass.) started the frame with a triple then scored when Brenna DuPerry (Cranston, RI) reaching on an error. Another error got DuPerry to third and she crossed the plate on a Frost ground out.

JWU starting pitching Jennifer Corona (Middle Island, NY) only gave up one run on five hits with seventh strikeouts. She improved her record to 11-2. Emily Gundrum (Bethlehem, Pa.) got the victory in game two as she surrendered just one run on four hits with three strikeouts to keep her record perfect at 6-0.

Game two wasn't as dramatic as the Wildcats scored in their last five at-bats. Meghan Gavin (Wallingford, Conn.) picked up a two-out single in the third then stole second. She scored on a Frost single.

After Katie Rufo led off the fourth with a single, pinch runner Taylor Fay (East Islip, NY) stole second and went to third on a ground out. Fay scored the eventual winning run on an RBI single by Ally Mishol (Longmeadow, Mass.). Frost drove in her second run in the fifth inning with a triple to score Gavin for the second time.

Up Next:
The Wildcats continue conference play on Tuesday when they go to Mount Ida for a 3 p.m. doubleheader. The game was postponed on April 1 due to inclement weather.