Softball Surges to Cap Stellar Spring Break Trip

Lauren DiFelice

Clermont, FL --- The WPI softball team finished up its Spring Break trip to Florida with a pair of wins Friday over Franciscan, 15-1, and then Anna Maria, 7-2, in a Friday morning doubleheader. 

The Crimson and Gray finish their season-opening trip at 7-3 for the most wins by the program in Florida since 2006 (9-1), along with the best winning percentage since 2006 (6-2). 

Caroline Medino (Pompton Lakes, NJ) and Clare Doolin (Newton, MA) both picked up complete-game wins. It was the fifth victory for Doolin, who struck out eight versus Anna Maria. 

Kristin Gallagher (Coventry, RI) led the top of the lineup with three hits in both games for a total of six on the day. She scored three runs and drove in a pair of runs. 

Amanda Pierce (Ware, MA) was also a clutch contributor, scoring four times with four runs batted in. 

Gallagher singled and scored in the top of the first against Franciscan to put WPI up for good. Pierce crossed home to make it 2-0 in the second, having been singled in by Ali LaRue (South Glens Falls, NY). That was the first of three RBI for the senior captain, who reached base four times, including three on walks as she also scored a pair of runs later on in the game.

It was 9-1 an inning later after the Engineers tacked on seven runs in the third. Katie Bumila (Raynham, MA) slapped a leadoff single for one of only two hits in the inning for WPI, which benefitted from five walks a pair of errors. Jacquelyne DiTroia (Andover, MA) had the other hit, an RBI single. 

The Crimson and Gray added two more runs in the fourth inning, highlighted by a run-scoring triple from Pierce. Gallagher and Nicole McDonough (Abington, MA) both drove in runs in the fifth and final inning as Franciscan's pitching again struggled to find the plate.
Juliana Fekete (Belgrade, ME) and Lauren DiFelice (Acushnet, MA) both joined Gallagher as multi-hit players against Anna Maria. 

After Doolin gave up her only two runs in the top of the second Fekete hit a double and DiFelice followed with a single to start a three-run rally in the bottom half of the inning. Gallagher joined in with a single that brought home DiTroia to make it 3-2 and putting WPI ahead for good. 

Fekete crushed another double to score another runner in the third as the Engineers added on to make it 5-2 and take control. 

Pierce capped the WPI scoring with a two-run singled in the sixth inning. 

Weather and field conditions permitting, the Crimson and Gray jump back into action with a doubleheader on Tuesday, playing at 3 and 5pm at Fitchburg State.

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