STANDISH, Maine – Pitchers helping their own cause was the theme on Saturday for the Johnson & Wales University softball team. Senior Jennifer Corona had three hits in the opener and Kristin Frost produced two in the nightcap as the Wildcats defeated Saint Joseph's, 6-0 and 6-1.
Saint Joseph's: 4-10, 0-2 GNAC
Johnson & Wales: 8-7, 5-1 GNAC
Corona and designated player Katie Rufo keyed the game-one scoring in the first and fifth innings. Corona had a one-out single in the first to score Meghan Gavin, who reached on a single. Rufo beat the throw to first as SJC tried to turn a double play, allowing Tiffani Semanchik to cross the plate.
Back-to-back doubles by Corona and Rufo in the fifth pushed the JWU lead to 6-0. Corona's rip to center field plated Semanchik for the second time as well as Alex Fantasia. Pinch runner Shari Minalga came around to score on Rufo's double.
Corona was just as sharp in the circle. The senior picked up her first complete-game shutout of the year, surrendering just two hits with seven strikeouts. It's Corona's fourth game this year with at least seven strikeouts.
An error by the Monks in the fifth inning of game two was the difference in the game. The error allowed Brenna DuPerry – who had a pair of hits - to score and kept the inning alive. Rufo scored Gavin with a single then Ally Mishol drove in Frost and Rufo to open a 5-0 margin.
Frost threw the first complete game of her collegiate career. The Pearl City, Hawaii native gave up one run on five hits with six strikeouts to improve to 2-0.
The Wildcats travel to Roger Williams on Tuesday for a single 4 p.m. contest.