CLERMONT, Fla. – A three-run eighth inning has made the Johnson & Wales University softball team's spring break trip to Florida a little sunnier. The Wildcats bounced back after a 1-0 loss to Capital to defeat Rose-Hulman 3-0 on Friday.
The split moved the Wildcats record to 1-4.
Neither the Wildcats nor the Fightin' Engineers could get a run across during regulation. The Wildcats got the first run in the eighth when pinch runner Kayla McKinnon scored on an RBI single from Alex Fantasia. Fantasia and Tiffani Semanchik both scored on an Ally Mishol RBI double.
Pitcher Saxon Bresnahan had two runners on in the bottom of the eighth, but closed the door for her first victory as a Wildcat. She struck out two batters and did not allow a hit in three innings of work.
Fantasia and Mishol both reached base three times with a hit and a pair of walks. Semanchik went 2 for 3.
Despite surrendering just a single run for the second time during the trip, pitcher Jennifer Corona was saddled with the loss in game one against Capital. She gave up a pair of singles in the top of the first, which was all the offense the Crusaders would need.
Johnson & Wales had a runner in scoring position in five out of seven innings, but couldn't push a run across. Corona opened the top of the seventh with a single then pinch runner Sheyann Goodwin moved up to second on a Fantasia sacrifice, but she was stranded there the rest of the game.
JWU wraps up its trip Saturday with an 8:30 a.m. game against Franklin followed by an 11:30 am game versus Saint Mary's (MN).