Leicester, MA --- Erin Flaherty (Stoughton, MA) pitched a five-inning one-hitter and Christa Coscia (Lakeville, MA) struck out 11 as WPI took two games in softball action from host and crosstown rival Becker on Wednesday at Russell Field, winning 8-1 and 14-0 respectively. Becker falls to 4-16 while WPI's record now stands at 16-8.
The first game featured Coscia's performance in the circle, holding the Hawks to a single run on four hits in seven innings. Ali LaRue (South Glens Falls, NY) went 3-for-4 at the plate with two runs scored and an RBI. Lauren DiFelice (Acushnet, MA) had a 2-for-4 performance with a home run to left field in the top of the seventh. Nicole McDonough (Abington, MA) and Janelle MacLaughlin (Lancaster, MA) each blasted solo homers over the fence, while Allie Roche (Chelmsford, MA) and Katie Bumila (Raynham, MA) each had RBI hits.
Becker was scoreless until the bottom of the seventh when Talan Barron (Methuen, MA) scored from third on a wild pitch. Barron and Megan Bolduc (Dover, NH) each went 2-for-3 at the plate for the Hawks, accounting for all four of Becker's hits. The rest of the Hawk lineup was a combined 0-for-20 against Coscia.
In game two, Flaherty produced another gem, striking out eight Hawks in five innings and not allowing a base runner until the bottom of the fifth, when Barron hit a laser to third base to break up the perfect game bid. The Engineers took advantage of seven Becker errors, with 12 of their 14 runs coming unearned. DiFelice had a monster game at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a 3-RBI home run to left center in the top of the fourth and four RBI overall. Amanda Pierce (Ware, MA) went 3-for-4 with two runs while Juliana Fekete (Belgrade, ME) finished with three runs scored and two RBI. LaRue went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run. Eight Engineers crossed home plate for WPI.
For Becker, Melissa Rhodes (Mendon, MA) gave up only two earned runs while striking out three.
The Hawks of Becker hit the road on Friday, April 6th as they travel to Southern Vermont to challenge the Mountaineers. The Engineers of WPI also return to action on Friday when they travel to Springfield College to take on the Pride.
Release Courtesy Becker Sports Information