Softball Concludes Sunkissed Games With Pair of Wins, Six-Game Winning Streak

RiAnna May

Kissimmee, FL --- Senior Ama Biney (Worcester, MA) batted 6-for-8, including 4-for-4 in game two, as WPI came back to defeat TCNJ 5-3 and ran past Centenary (N.J.) 13-3 Saturday on the final day Softball's spring break trip at the Sunkissed Games. The Engineers head back with a 9-3 ledger and six-game winning streak.

TCNJ plated all three of its runs in the top of the first. Freshman Marissa Gonzales (Oakley, CA) drove an RBI single to center in the home half of the first. Senior RiAnna May (Westminster, CO) scored on a misplayed sacrifice by sophomore Cassie Graca (Somerset, MA), who also crossed home plate during the sequence.

Junior Renee LeClaire (Merrimack, NH) gave WPI the 4-3 lead with a blast to right center in the fifth. Graca followed with an RBI double for the 5-3 final.

Biney, May and senior Nina Murphy-Cook (Roseville, CA) each registered a pair of hits. Murphy-Cook, the Division III active stolen base leader, and currently second across all three Divisions, added three more to her total as Biney chipped in with a pair. Freshman Nicole Kuberka (Los Angeles, CA) did not allow an earned run on four hits and finished the week 5-1.

Gonzales drove in a pair of runs in the top of the first versus the Cyclones. WPI then exploded for six runs with two outs in the third. Sophomore Leila Camplese (Tewksbury, MA) singled and Biney used a 2-RBI double to make it 5-0. Gonzales then cleared the bases with a double.

Centenary put together three with two outs in the fourth. The Engineers amassed five more runs in the top of the fifth behind a 2-RBI knock by freshman Brittany Bolster (North Kingstown, RI) and a three-run shot by May.

Murphy-Cook (stolen base), Gonzales and May also had multiple hits in the Florida finale. Senior Kelsey Saucier (Worcester, MA) yielded zero earned runs on one hit while striking out four as freshman Katie Martin (Bedford, NH) fanned a pair in the final 1 1/3.

The Engineers are scheduled to begin their New England slate on March 20 at Fitchburg State.