Clermont, FL --- Kristin Gallagher (Coventry, RI), Katie Bumila (Raynham, MA) and Lauren DiFelice (Acushnet, MA) all chipped in with two base-knocks each in an 8-5 triumph over Bates before WPI was blanked by Heidelberg, 13-0, in five innings at Hancock Park this afternoon.
The Bobcats (0-1) opened the first contest with a three-run first inning, but the Crimson and Gray (5-3) came right back and equaled up the score 3-3 in the bottom of the frame.
With two down in the stanza, the Boynton Hillers took advantage of a dropped fly ball in the outfield. Juliana Fekete (Belgrade, ME) notched a two-run single to score Bumila and senior Nicole McDonough (Abington, MA) as DeFelice followed with an RBI double.
The Engineers broke the stalemate in the bottom of the second with four scores. With the backs against the wall, WPI notched all of their runs with two outs and took over the 7-4 edge.
After LaRue set the table with a walk, Gallagher rapped out a triple to the gap in right center for the first run. Bulima then knocked in Gallagher with an RBI single and McDonough added a two-run homer to cap off the scoring for the Engineers
Bates did get themselves back into the contest with a two-run homer by Maddie Inlow (Falmouth, ME) in the third to trail by two scores, but WPI added some insurance in the bottom of the sixth on an infield run producing single by Bumila.
Clare Doolin (Newton, MA) also silenced the Bobcats offense over her final four frames of work as she retired 12 of the last 14 batters she saw in the contest which included 10 in a row to finish the game. Doolin (4-2) fanned five in the complete game effort while allowing five earned runs on six base-knocks and she issued one free pass.
WPI outhit their counterparts, 9-6, with three for extra bases. The dinger for McDonough marked her second this season as she finished the twin bill swatting .440 with three doubles, five runs and six RBIs through her first eight contests.
In the nightcap, the Crimson and Gray had a tough time solving Heidelberg starter Erin Chapman (Holt, MI) who tossed a one-hitter to go along with four strikeouts and two walks.
Gallagher led off the game with a lead-off bloop single that was almost snatched for an out on a diving effoft by the centerfielder. Gallagher then moved into scoring position on a sacrifice, but was stranded at second base.
After Heidelberg (8-2) took over the 9-0 margin through three frames of play, Bulima drew a walk with one out, but Chapman retired the final two batters to end the threat.
WPI had one more chance in the top of the fifth when Julia Ring (Leominster, MA) walked, however, Chapman jammed the final batter at the plate to end the contest on a fly ball to the outfield.
Caroline Medino (Pompton Lakes, NJ) saw her mark on the campaign drop to 1-1 as she permitted 14 hits, 13 runs (7 earned) to go with two walks, a pair of strikeouts in the defeat.
The Engineers close out their spring break trip with an 9am game against Franciscan before facing off against local rival Anna Maria at 11am in Clermont.