CLERMONT, Fla. – The bats woke up for the Johnson & Wales University softball team on Saturday, but the Wildcats couldn't muster a win in either game. JWU lost a 6-3 decision to Franklin then suffered a 5-4 loss to Saint Mary's (MN) on the final day of the team's spring break to trip to Florida.
The losses dropped the Wildcats to 1-6 on the year.
Franklin did most of its damage in the top of the third inning. The big blow was a grand slam by Shelby Magner off JWU starter Saxon Bresnahan.
The Wildcats got back in the game in the sixth inning when Alex Fantasia – who had two of JWU's three hits - cranked a two-run home run. JWU had the tying run at the plate in the bottom of the seventh, but Franklin pitcher Olivia Paszek got out of the jam for the victory.
Saint Mary's had a 5-1 lead after five innings when the Wildcats tried to mount a comeback. A Devin Scales sacrifice fly in the top of the sixth scored Fantasia and moved MJ Bourgeois to third. Brenna DuPerry ripped a single to score Bourgeois.
Kristin Frost led off the seventh with a single and moved up to third on a sacrifice bunt and wild pitch. Fantasia delivered a single to score Frost. Fantasia advanced to third on an Olivia DiGiacomo double, but she was stranded there when the final out was recorded.
Frost, starting pitcher Jennifer Corona – who was saddled with the loss – and Fantasia led the way with a pair of hits each. Fantasia hit .353 for the week with four RBIs and three runs scored.
Johnson & Wales travels to Salve Regina on Wednesday for a 4 p.m. doubleheader.