Softball Sinks Sharks, Anchorwomen to Continue Hot Start

Kristin Gallagher

Clermont, FL --- The WPI softball team continued its hot start with a 4-1 win versus Simmons and a 13-4 (5 inn.) win against Rhode Island College on Monday at the NTC Spring Games.

The Engineers improve to 4-0 for the first time since the 2006 while RIC slips to 1-3 on the young season. It was the Sharks' season opener.

Kristin Gallagher (Coventry, RI) used a sacrifice fly to deliver the initial run of the day in the top of the first against Simmons. Two innings later, Gallagher drove in Ama Biney (Worcester, MA) with a two-out base hit.

Simmons took advantage of an infield miscue and a wild pitch in the bottom of the fifth to plate their only run of the contest.

The final two runs came in when Gallagher bunted to begin a sequence of events that saw Nina Murphy-Cook (Roseville, CA) and Biney touch home in the top of the seventh.

Kelsey Saucier (Worcester, MA) stuck out a dozen in 6 2/3 before yielding to Caroline Medino (Pompton Lakes, NJ) who picked up the save.

WPI racked up 11 hits, including a pair by Murphy-Cook, Gallagher and Katie Bumila (Raynham, MA). Bumila and Jacquelyne DiTroia (Andover, MA) each recorded a double in the eye-opener.

Game two saw the Crimson and Gray race out to a 5-1 advantage after two innings. Murphy-Cook scampered home on a miscue and Biney scored on an RBI ground out by Ditroia in the bottom of the first.

The Anchorwomen cut the deficit in half with an unearned run in the top of the second. Gallagher used a sacrifice fly and Bumila followed with a 2-RBI triple in the home half of the frame.

WPI put the game out of reach with an eight-run bottom of the fourth, highlighted by a pair of RBI triples by Biney and a 3-RBI double by Caroline Roch (Mendham, NJ). Ashlyn Bedard (Hampstead, NH) drew an RBI walk and Natalie Fabrizio (Hampstead, NH) doubled in a run for the Crimson and Gray. Gallagher also had a run-producing single during the outburst.

RIC rallied for three runs in the top of the fifth before Casey Arpin (Uxbridge, MA) induced a grounder to short, snagged a pop up and struck out the final batter to secure the victory.

Clare Doolin (Newton, MA), who was selected as the NEWMAC Pitcher of the Week earlier in the day, did not allow an earned run on two hits and struck out four in the victory. Medino and Arpin each added an inning of relief for the Engineers.

Roch paced the Boynton Hillers with three RBI as Murphy-Cook (3-for-4) and Biney (2-for-3, 2 RBI) accounted for six runs scored. Gallagher and Bumila also added a pair of RBI. RiAnna May (Westminster, CO) earned a pair of free passes.

Tuesday will see Softball take on Oneonta State (1pm) and Sage (5pm).

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