VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – For the second day in a row, the Johnson & Wales University softball team won its opening game of the Virginia Wesleyan Beach Blast, but couldn't beat the top-ranked host Marlins. The Wildcats beat Keuka College, 6-5, in nine innings and dropped a 5-0 decision to VWU.
Johnson & Wales: 5-5
The Wildcats found themselves in a 4-0 deficit after two and a half innings against the Wolves. JWU got two back in its half of the third on a Meghan Gavin RBI single and Kristin Frost sacrifice fly.
Both teams scored in the eighth and the Wildcats got the winning run in the ninth. Julia Saliba started on second with the international tiebreaker. She moved to third on a Kayla McKinnon sac bunt then scored when Gavin executed a squeeze bunt.
Freshman Zoe Jennings came on in the third inning to get the Wildcats out of a jam then threw the remaining six innings to pick up the victory. She only gave up the one run on three hits.
The Wildcats cut down the number of runs VWU scored in half, but they couldn't get any runs of their owns. Ally Mishol reached base twice, drawing a walk in the second and breaking up a no-hit bid in the seventh with a two-out single.
The Wildcats are scheduled to play their home opener on Wednesday against Framingham State at 4 p.m.