PROVIDENCE, RI – Two big innings provided all the necessary offense the Johnson & Wales University softball team needed on Saturday. The Wildcats took both games from the University of Saint Joseph, 9-4 and 8-3.
Saint Joseph: 8-8, 2-2 GNAC
Johnson & Wales: 12-7, 9-1 GNAC
The Wildcats dug themselves a hole in the second inning of game one. Two walks and a single loaded the bases then Alessandro Milardo cranked a grand slam.
Johnson & Wales got on the board in the third when Tiffani Semanchik drove in Alex Fantasia with a single. JWU erupted for five runs on seven hits in the fourth inning. Four different players drove in a run, including Semanchik who plated her second runner of the game.
After giving up the grand slam, JWU starter Jennifer Corona settled down and didn't allow another run. She struck out eight while surrendering seven hits to get her seventh win in a row.
JWU didn't waste any time getting the lead in game two as they scored eight in the bottom of the first. The Wildcats pounded out eight hits, including a two-run home run by Corona.
The Blue Jays tried to get back in the game in the late innings. An Isabella Russo groundout scored the first run in the sixth then Brianna Barfield was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. MJ Bourgeois came on to get the final four outs and preserve the victory for starter Kristin Frost who gave up one run in four innings to improve to 4-0.
The Wildcats are on the road Sunday to take on Emmanuel at 12 p.m.