Worcester, MA --- Ama Biney (Worcester, MA) homered, including a game-ending grand slam, to bookend WPI softball's sweep of Wellesley in a NEWMAC softball doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Rooftop Field. The Engineers took game one 6-1 and game two 16-6 in a run shortened contest.
WPI (19-5, 9-3) extends its winning streak to nine games and takes two from the Blue (9-9, 2-5 NEWMAC) for the first time in series history, which dates back to 2005.
Biney crushed a 2-2 offering on to the walkway in right field to put the Engineers on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first. The Crimson and Gray loaded the bases with two outs later in the frame. Gurska took advantage with an RBI walk. Kelsey Saucier (Worcester, MA) followed with an infield popup that hit the ground just out of the reach of the catcher resulting in an RBI single.
Kristin Gallagher (Coventry, RI) chased home Murphy-Cook with a knock to left field in the home half of the second to give WPI the 4-0 advantage.
With one out and the bases loaded Gallagher teamed with Gurska to erase the lead runner at the plate only to see Ashtyn Coleman (Scottsdale, AZ) score on a miscue at the end of the sequence. Saucier countered for the Engineers with a two-out solo blast to right field.
The Boynton Hillers tacked on an insurance run in the sixth as Gurska drove in RiAnna May (Westminster, CO) with a line drive up the middle.
Julia Warner (Kenmore, WA) shouldered the loss (3-4) and yielded to Madeline Bianchi (Lakeville, MN), who completed the final 1 2/3. Maria Labouyer (Yuba City, CA), meanwhile, accounted for two of the Blue's three hits.
Caroline Medino (Pompton Lakes, NJ) allowed three hits and struck out two in the complete -game effort for the Engineers.
Murphy-Cook went 3-for-5 with a run at the top of the order as Saucier batted 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI and a run scored. Biney and Bumila each went 2-for-4 with a run as Biney also pitched in with an RBI.
Wellesley opened the nightcap with an unearned run on a passed ball in the top of the first. In the bottom of the second, Gurska smacked a two-run shot to right center to put the Engineers on top 2-1 after two.
WPI went on a five run spree in the bottom of the third. Biney began the spurt with an infield RBI single. She later scored on an infield miscue. Hope Shevchuk (Burlington, CT) highlighted the frame with a two-run double to deep left center. Gurska's double to left center drove in Shevchuk to make it a 7-1 game.
Anna Pisac (Snohomish, WA) launched a 1-1 pitch beyond the 215 sign in center field in the top of the fourth. May responded with a two-run single up the middle and Gurska followed with a sacrifice fly to the center field fence for the 10-2 advantage.
Emilyrose Havrilla (Caldwell, NJ), looking to avoid an early ending, connected on a run-producing hit to right field with two outs in the top of the fifth. The Blue plated three more in the sixth as Jaclyn Tsang (Manalapan, NJ) doubled to left center and Carly Bresee (Rancho Santa Margarita, CA) singled to center for back-to-back RBI hits. LeBouyer capped Wellesley's scoring with an RBI double to right center.
Gurska and Saucier used back-to-back RBI singles to push the lead back to six. After a two more Engineer singles to load the bases, Biney sent everyone home with her grand slam.
Bianchi (6-5) fanned five in the first 3 2/3 before handing the ball over to Warner for the final two frames.
Gurska was a perfect 3-for-3 with five RBI and a run scored as Biney and May batted 3-for-4, in addition to a combined seven RBI and five runs scored. Murphy-Cook added a 3-for-5 effort with a pair of runs scored.
Bresee also went 3-for-3 at the dish to go with a walk, RBI and three runs scored. Pisac went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored.
WPI travels to Westfield State on Wednesday for a 3:30 non-conference twinbill. Wellesley returns to the city on Tuesday for a 3pm NEWMAC set at Clark.