Fort Myers, FL -- The 2013 WPI softball team opened its season by splitting a pair of games at the Lee County Sports Complex on Sunday morning, beating Newbury 5-2 before falling 4-2 to Wilmington, Ohio in game two.
Janelle MacLaughlin's (Lancaster, MA) two out two-run triple in the bottom of the fourth inning keyed a four-run rally to help the Crimson and Grey to a season opening 5-2 victory over Newbury.
Nighthawk catcher Alyssa Donovan (West Haven, CT) opened the scoring in the third inning when she delivered a two-run single to right field.
WPI countered in the fourth when an Amanda Pierce (Ware, MA) RBI single ignited a four-run outburst. Two batters later, MacLaughlin tripled home Erin Beaulieu (Bethany, CT) and Pierce to give the Engineers a 3-2 lead. The Lancaster native would score on an error on the next play to cap the rally.
Newbury (0-1) threatened in the fifth with runners at first and second with no one out but senior starter Christa Coscia (Lakeville, MA) would get the next three batters on a pair of fly outs and a strikeout.
MacLaughlin topped off her 2-for-2 day at the plate with a RBI single to right in the sixth inning to account for the final score. Coscia allowed five hits, two earned runs, and a pair of walks while striking out six Newbury batters for her first win of victory of the season. Senior Ali LaRue (South Glens Falls, NY) went 2-for-3 with a run scored to contribute to the WPI offense.
In game two, Stacy Lunsford (Wilmington, OH) drove home the go-ahead run in the fifth inning to break a 2-2 deadlock as the Quakers defeated the Engineers, 4-2.
Wilmington (1-0) got two runs in the first inning off freshman starter Clare Doolin (Newton, MA) on a RBI single and a run-producing sacrifice fly. The Crimson and Grey would answer with single runs over the next two innings on a Pierce sacrifice bunt and a bases loaded walk by Beaulieu. Erika Lee (Blanchester, OH) started the Quaker fifth inning with a single to center field and was sacrificed to second to set up Lunsford's game-winning RBI single. Allie Noggle (Ashville, OH) would tack on an insurance run later in the inning with a base hit to center to complete the scoring.
Wilmington starter Danielle Monnier (Houston, OH) struck out eight Engineers, walking one while only giving up an earned run. Despite allowing four earned runs on four hits, Doolin struck out seven and walked just two in her collegiate debut. Nicole McDonough (Abington, MA) and Beaulieu each had two hits for WPI in the loss.
WPI will take on Northland College (WI) at 9 am and Wittenberg (OH) at 11am on Monday morning from the Lee County Sports Complex.