Pitching, Late Comeback Carry Softball to Split at Gene Cusic Classic

Amanda Martori

Game #1 - WPI 2, Fredonia State 1
Game #2 - St. Joseph's (ME) 1, WPI 0

Game #1 Box Score
Game #2 Box Score

Cape Coral, FL --- WPI Softball allowed only two runs over a two-game span on Thursday, as pitching ruled the day at the Gene Cusic Collegiate Classic in southwest Florida. The Engineers' Erin Flaherty (Stoughton, MA) went the distance in a game one win over Fredonia State before the Crimson and Gray dropped a tough 1-0 decision to St. Joseph's in the late game. WPI now stands at 6-2 on the season.

In game one, the Engineers trailed 1-0 heading into their last at-bat before a rally in the eleventh hour allowed WPI to pull out its sixth win of the year. Leading off the frame, Courtney Rosales (Ipswich, MA) walked followed by an Erin Beaulieu (Bethany, CT) single that moved pinch-runner Erin Saari (Brookline, NH) to second. Amanda Martori (Haverhill, MA) then produced the game-tying base hit, a single to center that plated Saari to knot the game at 1-1. On the play, Beaulieu moved to third on the throw home, and a subsequent throwing error on the play at third allowed Beaulieu to carry the winning run across the plate for the Engineers. 

Flaherty (2-1) allowed only a fifth inning run on four hits, while walking one and striking out six en route to the victory. Beaulieu had two of WPI's four hits in game one, in addition to Martori's seventh-inning single and a first-inning base hit from Katherine Fitton (Lebanon, CT).

In game two against St. Joe's, sophomore Allie Hardy (West Townsend, MA) also threw a complete game allowing just a run, but was on the wrong end of a 1-0 shutout. Hardy (1-1) pitched quite well despite the loss, permitting only four Monks hits while striking out one. The lone St. Joe's run scored in the third inning on an infield hit, stolen base, throwing error and an RBI infield single.

Meg Foley (Belchertown, MA) had two of the Engineers' five hits in game two, with Saari, Beaulieu and Martori adding singles.

WPI Softball will remain in Cape Coral on Friday for games against Ohio Wesleyan and Potsdam State. Action is scheduled to get underway at 11am.