PROVIDENCE, RI – The newest member of the GNAC, Regis had a tough task in its first conference softball games. Three-time defending champion Johnson & Wales University swept the Pride, 3-1 and 12-2, on Thursday.
Regis:4-6, 0-2 GNAC
Johnson & Wales: 10-7, 7-1 GNAC
Johnson & Wales got all the scoring it would need during the fourth inning of game one. Tiffani Semanchik roped a double to score Meghan Gavin then came around to score on a Katie Rufo double. An error in the sixth inning allowed pinch runner Shari Minalga to score.
Starting pitcher Jennifer Corona rolled to her fifth victory in a row. She gave up one unearned run with eight strikeouts.
The Wildcats got a pair of runs in the first inning of game two, including a Rufo home run, then exploded for six runs in the second and four more in the third. Gavin had a two-run double in the second then an RBI single in the third. Rufo drove in another run in the second with a double to score Semanchik.
Sophomore pitcher Kristin Frost worked three innings, giving up one run with four strikeouts, to improve her record to 3-0. She also drove in a run in the second inning.
Eight of the nine Wildcat starters had at least one hit with five players picking up a pair. Gavin drove in a trio of runs and scored twice.
Johnson & Wales is back at home on Saturday to take on Saint Joseph in a 12 p.m. doubleheader.