PROVIDENCE, RI – Looking to get at least a share of the GNAC regular season championship, the Johnson & Wales University softball team took care of business on Saturday. The Wildcats won both games against Rivier, winning the opener, 12-2, before taking the nightcap. 12-4.
Rivier: 11-27, 6-17 GNAC
Johnson & Wales: 27-11, 22-2 GNAC
The 22 conference wins surpass last year's team for the most GNAC wins in program history. JWU is currently tied with Suffolk for the top spot in the GNAC. The Rams have the tiebreaker by virtue of sweeping Albertus Magnus, but still have two games remaining Sunday against Simmons.
The Raiders took a 2-1 lead in game one with a pair of runs in the top of the first. Taylor Legrand and Taylor Roswell had RBI singles.
Johnson & Wales responded with six runs in the third and five more in the fourth. Senior Alex Fantasia had a two-run single in the third to score Taylor Fay and Kayla McKinnon. Fantasia struck again in the fourth with a triple that plated Sheyann Goodwin and Julie Saliba.
JWU starter Jennifer Corona cruised to her league-leading 12th win of the year. She gave up two runs on three hits with nine strikeouts. She also collected a pair of hits at the plate.
Rivier bounced back to score four runs in the first inning of game two. Evelyn Susko scored Roswell ad Kerri Hegarty with a single. Johnson & Wales responded with four runs in its half of the first, including two off a Rivier error.
One inning later, the Wildcats grabbed the lead for good. Kristin Frost roped a bases-clearing double to push the lead to 7-4. Frost, Brenna DuPerry and Meghan Gavin all drove in runs in the fifth inning.
Senior pitcher Noelle Weiss went the distance to pick up her second win of the year. She gave up four runs, three earned, on seven hits with four strikeouts.
Johnson & Wales tunes up for next week's GNAC Tournament with a 4 p.m. doubleheader at Salve Regina.