WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – Not that the GNAC's best offense needed to gain any momentum going into the conference tournament, but bats were hot on Saturday for the Johnson & Wales University softball team. The Wildcats went on the road and ran roughshod over the University of St. Joseph by scores of 11-2 and 19-1.
St. Joseph: 19-14, 12-7 GNAC
Johnson & Wales: 31-7, 21-1 GNAC
Emily Gorecki (JWU): 2-4, 2 R, 1 RBI (GM 1) / 2-4, 2 R, 5 RBI (GM 2)
Kristin Frost (JWU): 2-3, 2 R, 2 RBI (GM 1) / 3-4, 3 R, 2 RBI (GM 2)
Tiffani Semanchik (JWU): 4-5, 2 R, 3 RBI (GM 1) 2-2, 2 R, 4 RBI (GM 2)
The opener was close until the Wildcats scored five runs in the third and fourth innings. JWU put the game out of reach with five more in its last two at-bats.
Designated player Tiffani Semanchik (Flemington, NJ) legged out a two-run triple in the third to score Kristin Frost (Pear City, Hawaii) and Emily Gorecki (Bremerton, Wash.). Semanchik plated Gorecki again in the seventh then scored on Ally Mishol's (Longmeadow, Mass.) two-run double.
Pitcher Jennifer Corona (Middle Island, NY) cruised to her league-leading 17th victory of the year. She gave up two runs, one earned, with 10 strikeouts. Corona finished the GNAC slate with a perfect 13-0 record.
JWU got all the runs it would need in game two with five runs in the top of the first. The big blow was a two-run single by Semanchik. She struck again in the second when she drove home Diana Amendolara (Newtown, Pa.) and Frost with a double.
The Wildcats tacked on seven runs in the fourth inning. Taylor Fay (East Islip, NY), Frost and Amendolara were all walked with the bases loaded then Gorecki cranked her second grand slam of the year.
Senior Emily Gundrum (Bethlehem, Pa.) threw three scoreless innings to pick up the victory and stay undefeated at 9-0.
Johnson & Wales is the regular season GNAC champion and will host the conference tournament, starting with the second round on Friday.