Flaherty Throws Shutout to Fuel Softball's Split with Nichols

Erin Flaherty

Game #1 - WPI 1, Nichols 0
Game #2 - Nichols 3, WPI 2

Game #1 Box Score
Game #2 Box Score

Worcester, MA --- WPI starter Erin Flaherty (Stoughton, MA) threw a complete-game shutout in game one, leading the Engineers to a doubleheader split with visiting Nichols at WPI's Alumni Field on Tuesday afternoon. The split leaves WPI with an 11-10 record on the season, while the Bison move to 7-13.

Flaherty (5-4) was masterful in game one, allowing just two hits and no walks while striking out seven. The Engineers would need every bit of Flaherty's performance in order to win the pitcher's duel, as the offense mustered only a run against Nichols starter Lindsay Hassett (Oxford, MA). Hassett and Flaherty matched zeroes for five innings before the Crimson and Gray broke through in the sixth. After Kelly Johnson (Buxton, ME) led off the frame with a walk, she would score the eventual winning run on a RBI double from fellow senior Meg Foley (Belchertown, MA) to finally get on the board. Flaherty retired the Bison in order in the seventh to close out the 1-0 game one victory.

Hassett (0-5) allowed only three hits, two to Foley, while also striking out seven. First baseman Chelsea Fogarty (Mystic, CT) had the other Engineer hit, while Ashley Robidoux (Milford, MA) and Lauren Correia (Seekonk, MA) had the two base hits for the Bison, both singles.

In the afternoon's second game, Nichols tallied single runs in the second and third innings to jump out in front. Junior Shannon Weeks (Greenfield, MA) led off the second with a single and eventually scored on an error to give Nichols a 1-0 edge. The following inning, Robidoux singled and came around to score on a Valeri Calcagni (Rocky Hill, CT) double that put the Bison up by two.

The Engineers would get a run back in the fifth on a solo blast by Johnson, her third home run of the season. Nichols added an insurance run in the top of the seventh on Amber Cottrell's (Hoosick Falls, NY) first round-tripper of the year.

WPI nearly tied the game in its last at-bat but came up just short. Catcher Erin Beaulieu (Bethany, CT) led off the inning with a walk, and pinch-runner Emily Hartzell (Brunswick, ME) came around to score on a Sarah Johnson (Eastham, MA) double that cut the deficit to 3-2. Representing the winning run, Kelly Johnson sent a shot to deep center that Correia tracked down just short of the fence to seal the win for Nichols and earn the twinbill split.

Kara Buckley (Nashua, NH) went all seven innings for Nichols en route to the game two win. Buckley allowed just two runs on five hits with two Ks in evening her record at 3-3. Christa Coscia (Lakeville, MA) suffered the loss to fall to 2-2. Coscia surrendered three runs, two earned, and struck out two.

Robidoux was the hitting star of the second game, going 3-for-3 with a stolen base. Calcagni added two hits for the visitors. Kelly Johnson led the way at the plate for WPI, putting together a 2-for-4 game at the plate with an RBI and a run scored.

WPI Softball will be back in action on Wednesday when it will travel for a doubleheader against Brandeis at 3:30pm. Nichols will be off until Saturday when it will head to Biddeford, ME for a double-dip against the University of New England at 12pm.