PROVIDENCE, RI – Inclement weather kept the Johnson & Wales University softball team off the field for the last three weeks. The Wildcats didn't show any signs of rust as they swept Anna Maria 10-1 and 16-0 to start the conference slate on Saturday.
Anna Maria: 0-10, 0-2 GNAC
Johnson & Wales: 3-6 2-0 GNAC
Brenna DuPerry: 2-4, 3 R, 2 RBI (GM 1); 2-3, 3 R, 1 RBI (GM 2)
Jennifer Corona: 3-3, 2 R, 3 RBI, 5 IP, 8 K (GM 1)
Tiffani Semanchik: 2-2, 1 R, 1 RBI (GM 1), 2-3, 3 R, 2 RBI (GM 2)
The game was originally scheduled for the AMC campus, but was moved to Providence due to inclement weather.
JWU jumped on the AMCATS from the start, scoring four runs in the top of the first. Pitcher Jennifer Corona helped her own cause with a two-run triple to score Meghan Gavin and Brenna DuPerry. Katie Rufo cleared the bases with a two-run home run.
The long ball helped JWU end game one early. DuPerry cranked a two-run home run in the sixth that scored Tiffani Semanchik. Four Wildcats had multiple hits, topped by Corona who went 3 for 3 with two runs and three RBIs. She also struck out eight batters to get her first win of the season.
The Wildcats dominated game two as well, scoring in their first four at-bats. Gavin delivered an RBI double to score DuPerry in the first. DuPerry drove in a run herself in the third with a triple to plate pitcher Saxon Bresnahan. Bresnahan only had to throw three scoreless innings to get her second victory.
A Bresnahan double in the fourth started a six-run inning. Devon Scales was walked with the bases loaded to score Kristin Frost then an error on Semanchik's grounder allowed two more runs to score.
The top of the lineup was productive in game two. DuPerry, Semanchik and Taylor Fay each had a pair of hits. DuPerry and Semanchik crossed the plate three times.
JWU's doubleheader with Suffolk for Sunday has been postponed. The games will be made up on Thursday, March 29 at 4 p.m.