PROVIDENCE, RI – The Johnson & Wales University softball team exploded for 15 runs in game one against Suffolk on Thursday. The Wildcats could have used some of those runs in the game two. JWU took the opener, 15-3, but lost the nightcap, 6-1.
Suffolk: 6-6, 1-1 GNAC
Johnson & Wales: 6-7, 3-1 GNAC
An 11-run third inning blew the first game wide open. The Wildcats sent 14 batters to the plate and got home runs from Brenna DuPerry, Jennifer Corona and Kristin Frost. Corona and right fielder Tiffani Semanchik each scored twice in the inning. Frost capped off a four-run first inning with a solo home run.
That was more than enough run support for Corona as she cruised to her third win of the year. The senior right-hander was perfect through three innings before giving up two runs on three hits.
Johnson & Wales did not have an answered for Suffolk game-two starter Taylor Holmes. She scattered six hits while giving up just one run – an RBI double by Semanchik to score DuPerry in the first.
The Rams broke a 1-1 tie with a two-run Payton Sylvester home run in the fourth off JWU reliever MJ Bourgeois. Jaclyn Flint scored two more for the Rams with a double in the sixth inning.
Johnson & Wales goes on the road Saturday for a 1 p.m. doubleheader at Saint Joseph's.