Softball Opens GNAC Slate with Split at USJ

Softball Opens GNAC Slate with Split at USJ

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. – A blown lead in the seventh inning prevented the Johnson & Wales University softball team from sweeping its GNAC opener at the University of Saint Joseph. The Wildcats took Saturday's game one, 2-0, then lost the nightcap, 6-5.

Records:
Saint Joseph (Conn.): 10-12, 1-1 GNAC
Johnson & Wales: 9-11, 1-1 GNAC

Statistical Leaders:
Summer Ramundo (JWU) 3-4, 1 RBI, 1 R (GM 2)
Sierra Ali (JWU): 2-3, 1 RBI (GM 2)
Kayla McKinnon (JWU): 3-3, 1 R (GM 2)

Of Note:
Both teams had their chances to score in the first game, particularly the host as USJ stranded nine runners. JWU left six on base.

All of the offense came in the fifth inning. Infield singles put Kayla McKinnon on third and Megan Antaya on first. Shortstop Brenna DuPerry delivered a single to center field to score both runners.

Pitcher Kristin Frost did the rest as she threw a complete game shutout. She gave up eight hits with eight strikeouts.

The Blue Jays got four runs in the first inning of game two off pitcher Summer Ramundo.

JWU would answer with three in the third. Ally Mishol looped a sacrifice fly to score Antaya then DuPerry crossed on a wild pitch. Ramundo helped her own cause with an RBI single to plate Gavin.

The Wildcats grabbed the lead on Jenna Conroy's double in the sixth and a Sierra Ali RBI single in the seventh.

An error in the seventh helped USJ score the tying run then the Blue Jays pulled off the squeeze bunt to score the winning run.

Up Next:
The Wildcats continue GNAC action Sunday at 12 pm versus Lasell.