Worcester, MA --- Freshman Caroline Medino (Pompton Lakes, NJ) recorded a six-inning perfect game, striking out four and retiring all 18 batters she faced to deliver host WPI softball a doubleheader sweep against neighboring rival Becker.
The Crimson and Gray won both games by mercy rule, 9-0 in five innings and 8-0 six innings, in a pair of nonleague contests held at WPI's new Rooftop Field. It was the first WPI no-hitter since Erin Flaherty turned the trick in April of 2011 and the first perfect game for the Engineers in nearly a decade.
Medino's battery mate was classmate Lindsay Gurska (Revere, MA), who also helped WPI's cause making it 5-0 through five innings after cracking a three-run homer over the wall in left center for her first home run at the college level.
The Crimson and Gray improved to 12-5, while Becker dropped to 1-11 overall.
Hawks pitcher Kelsey Norberg (Uxbridge, MA) was in a scoreless pitchers' duel with Medino as deep in as the bottom of the fifth inning before WPI scored all its runs over the final two frames – five runs in the fifth and three more in the sixth.
Juliana Fekete (Belgrade, ME) and Lauren DiFelice (Acushnet, MA) both executed successful bunt squeezes to score the first two runs in the fifth before Gurska's homer. Kristin Gallagher (Coventry, RI) scored on Fekete's bunt, while Nicole McDonough (Abington, MA) crossed home on DiFelice's to make it 2-0.
DiFelice was the offensive star of the day, going 4 for 6 with four RBI and three runs scored across both games.
Taking a 5-0 lead into the bottom of the sixth, DiFelice drove in Gallagher to start things off with run-scoring double. Fekete came home to make it 7-0 on the second out of the inning as Katie Bumila (Raynham, MA) grounded out to short.
Hope Shevchuk (Burlington, CT) (3 for 3) then came up with the walk-off hit, scoring DiFelice on a knock to right center to end the evening via the mercy rule.
Clare Doolin (Newton, MA) went five shutout innings in the opening 9-0 win, scattering four hits and striking out seven. Both pitchers picked up their sixth win.
DiFelice played a part in all three run-scoring innings for the Crimson and Gray with run-scoring singles in the first and second inning and scoring in the fourth.
One batter after DiFelice brought around Gallagher for the first run of the day, Bumila drew a walk with the bases loaded to make it 2-0 after through one.
In the second inning, McDonough drew another run-scoring walk, while Fekete and Bumila joined DiFelice, each with a one-run singles to drive in Gallagher, McDonough and then Fekete to push the score to 6-0 after two innings.
The Engineers shut the door in the fourth, adding three more runs, including a two-run single by Jacquelyne DiTroia (Andover, MA) to cap the scoring.
Becker received a double in the opener from Jessica Brochu (Hardwick, VT) while Megan Bolduc (Dover, NH), Katherine DiMascio (Braintree, MA) and Lauren Lavalle (Millbury, MA) chipped in with singles.
WPI is back in action on Friday, playing a doubleheader at Clark scheduled to begin at 3pm. The Boynton Hillers have won their last five games. Becker resumes with a doubleheader at Newbury College on Saturday, starting at 1pm.
Release by Carl Setterlund - WPI Athletics Intern - Emerson '14