Fekete Reaches 100-Hit Milestone as Softball Sweeps Sage and Mount Ida

Clermont, FL --- Senior catcher Juliana Fekete (Belgrade, ME) smacked four hits on the day, including the 100th of her career, to highlight a sweep for the WPI softball team on Monday.  The Crimson and Gray defeated Sage 7-3 in the opener before dispatching of Mount Ida 8-2 in the night cap at Hancock Park. 

Fekete is the third WPI player currently in the 100-hit club as classmates Nicole McDonough (Abington, MA) and Lauren DiFelice (Acushnet, MA) accomplished the feat late last season. 

McDonough, Ali LaRue (South Glens Falls, NY) and Katie Bumila (Raynham, MA) also totaled four hits apiece as WPI totaled 12 hits in the first game and 14 in the second. 

The Engineers (3-1) had six different players provide multi-hit performances against Sage with Hope Shevchuk (Burlington, CT) and Kristin Gallagher (Coventry, RI) each notching two hits. 

McDonough got WPI started by plating LaRue in the top of the first to make it 1-0, but a five-run second inning was the difference. LaRue had an RBI double, while Gallagher, Bumila and Fekete each added run-scoring base hits to move it to 6-1. 

The Crimson and Gray let in two runs in a fifth inning that included two errors, but they got one run back in seventh on an RBI double by Fekete to complete the scoring. 

Clare Doolin (Newton, MA) tossed the first six innings against Sage to pick up the victory, while Caroline Medino (Pompton Lakes, NJ) came in to toss a scoreless seventh and then continued on, bagging a complete game win over Mount Ida. 

After a giving up a run in the top half of the first versus Mount Ida, WPI rallied for four runs in the bottom of the inning and never trailed thereafter. 

Jacquelyne DiTroia (Andover, MA) started a run of four consecutive hits with one out in the first, with she and Bumila both later coming in off a McDonough single. DiFelice made it 4-1 with a two-run double, bringing around Fekete and McDonough. 

DiFelice added a second run-scoring double in the fifth, plating Lindsay Gurska (Revere, MA) in the fifth to bring the score to 7-2.

WPI (3-1) plays its third doubleheader in as many days on Tuesday, tangling with Salve Regina at 9am and Westfield State at 11am back at Hancock Park. 

Release by Carl Setterlund - WPI Athletics Intern - Emerson '14