BOSTON – Sophomore Ama Biney (Worcester, MA) reached the 100 hit milestone with a home run in the opener while junior Lindsay Gurska (Revere, MA) and freshman Caraline Wood (Averill Park, NY) performed well in both ends of the NEWMAC softball twinbill as WPI went on the road and defeated Emerson, 10-7 and 12-1 (5 inn.) Saturday at Rotch Field.
The first game saw Gurska go yard twice for her team-leading fourth and fifth of the year while Wood added her second in as many games. Both cleared the fence last night in the second game against Clark.
WPI began the day by putting four runs up in the first as Gurska connected on a three-run shot and Wood followed with a solo blast. Emerson manufactured a run in the home half as freshman Alena Jones (Woodinville, WA) doubled and was moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by sophomore Molly Goldstein (Ridgefield, CT). She then scored on a ground out by rookie Kallista Leonardos (El Granada, CA).
Each team plated four runs in the second. Sophomore Nina Murphy-Cook (Roseville, CA) pushed home the first Engineer run with an RBI single. Junior Kristin Gallagher (Coventry, RI) chased home Biney with an RBI ground out before Gurska launched her second homer of the game to make it an 8-1 ballgame. With the bases loaded, Lion junior Shelby Carney (North Reading, MA) walked and Jones was hit by a pitch. Carney and sophomore Jillian Gearin (Hermosa Beach, CA) later scored on an infield miscue put into play by Leonardos.
The third, fourth and fifth were scoreless thanks to efforts by pitchers sophomore Casey Arpin (Uxbridge, MA) and senior Samantha Corey (Londonderry, NH).
Emerson and WPI matched scores again in the sixth as Biney homered to collect her 100th-career hit and Leonardos connected on a run-producing single. The two squads did the same in the seventh. This time sophomore Kelsey Saucier (Worcester, MA) drove in a run with a single and freshman Katie Hill (Canton, CT) scored on a wild pitch.
Murphy Cook finished 4-for-5 with an RBI, two runs and three stolen bases while Gurska batted 2-for-4 with a pair of home runs, five RBI and two runs scored. Wood also went 2-for-4, including a home run, for the Engineers. (HR). Biney went 2-for-5 with a double and a home run, as well as an RBI and two runs scored.
Junior Caroline Medino (Pompton Lakes, NJ) went the first 1 1/3 before handing off to Arpin (2-0) who allowed two hits and struck out a career-best eight batters in four scoreless innings. Saucier fanned three and senior Clare Doolin (Newton, MA) struck out one and walked one in the final 2/3 for her second save of the campaign. As a staff, the Engineers combined for 13 Ks.
Leonardos led the way for the Lions with a 2-for-4 game and four RBI. Hill was 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored and freshman Caroline Fortuna (Higganum, CT) batted 2-for-4. Jones and Gearin each walked twice to account for four of Emerson's five free passes. Goldstein and senior Courtney Fee (Port Jefferson, NY) each pitched in with a sacrifice bunt. Corey surrendered 10 runs – six earned – on 12 hits while striking out three and walking two in the complete-game effort.
Gallagher and Wood each singled in a run and sophomore Julia Veitch (Carlisle, MA) reached on an infield miscue to enable Wood to score as the Engineers claimed the early 3-0 lead after half an inning in the nightcap. Jones stole home with two outs to put the Lions on the board in the bottom of the frame. Murphy-Cook tripled to plate sophomore Katie Chagami (Waipahu, HI). She then came home on a miscue put into play by Biney, who eventually scored on an RBI ground out by Gurska. Freshman Renee LeClaire (Merrimack, NH) later doubled in a run for the 7-1 Engineer advantage after two.
Chagami increased the Crimson and Gray lead with a run-producing double in the top of the third. With two outs in the stanza, Gurska doubled to deliver two more runs and later scampered home on an infield miscue put into play by LeClaire. Wood doubled in the final run of the day with a double in the top of the fifth.
Wood went 3-for-3 with a double, a walk, two RBI and two runs scored while Gurska batted 3-for-4 with a double, three RBI and a pair of runs scored. Murphy-Cook (2-for-3, triple, walk, RBI, two runs, stolen base) and LeClaire (2-for-4, double, two RBI, stolen base) also had multiple hits for the Engineers. Chagami added a double, a walk, an RBI and two runs scored. Biney also swiped a base in the victory. Doolin went the distance allowing one run on four hits while striking out nine and walking two.
Fee batted 2-for-2 while Jones and sophomore Kodie Cash (Big Bear City, CA) each had a hit for Emerson. Cash, sophomore Casey Tsamis (Colchester, CT) and Corey represented the Lions in the circle in game two.
The Engineers (18-4, 7-1 NEWMAC), who have won their last seven, including a 4-0 record in April, are slated to host Coast Guard in a rescheduled NEWMAC doubleheader Monday beginning at 4:30pm at Rooftop Field. Emerson (8-20, 0-10 NEWMAC) heads to Babson Friday for a 3pm conference twinbill.