Strong Start and Finish Propels Softball to NEWMAC Road Sweep at Emerson

Jocelyn Diaz - WPI Softball

Boston, MA --- Kaitlyn Hess (Milford, NH) and Alicia Salvalzo (Hudson, NH) each smacked first inning two-run singles in the opener and Katie Martin (Bedford, NH) pitched a shutout and Jocelyn Diaz (Reedley, CA) knocked in five runs in the nightcap as WPI softball went on the road Saturday and swept Emerson by scores of 7-2 and 14-0. 

With the two victories, the Engineers have now won four straight and are now 4-4 overall and in the NEWMAC.  The Lions dip to 0-6 on the season and in conference play.

Game 1: WPI 7, Emerson 2 

WPI scored five times in the top of the first inning and never looked back, using a strong pitching performance from Lauren Meinhold (Boxboro, MA) in the circle. Meinhold went six innings, allowing just two runs and striking out three. Jess Evans (Grafton, MA) pitched a perfect seventh inning to close out the game.

Hess and Salvalzo each had two-run singles during the opening barrage. They were each one of eight individuals on the WPI lineup who had single base hits.

Marissa Gonzales (Oakley, CA) doubled home Leila Camplese (Tewksbury, MA) in the fourth, while Diaz knocked in Meinhold in the seventh. 

Lexi Semanchik (Flemington, NJ) collected the only RBI on the day for Emerson, tripling home a run in the bottom of the third to make it 5-1 WPI. Semanchik had one of Emerson's four hits in the game, as did Karagan Knowles (Tucson, AZ), who scored on the play, and Lindsey Lowe (Porter Ranch, CA), who stole home in the fourth. 

Neely Eddleston (West Wareham, MA) took the loss for the Lions after giving up six earned runs on six hits and two walks without a strikeout. 

Game 2: WPI 14, Emerson 0

Diaz's five-RBI performance included a bases-loaded three-run double in a 7-run seventh for WPI, who outhit Emerson 14-5 in the second game of the day. 

Nicole Logrecco (Huntington Beach, CA) was 3-4 with two runs scored and two RBI, Hess had three hits and three runs, and Meinhold reached base three times, drove in a pair and scored three runs. 

Martin was phenomenal in the circle, improving to 2-1 on the year with a complete game, five-hit shutout. Martin issued just one walk and struck out 12 batters. 

WPI jumped on top with four runs in the third, including a two-run double by Logrecco, an RBI walk by Meinhold and an RBI groundout by Diaz. They plated three more in the fifth, in which Meinhold doubled home Hess, and then scored seven runs on seven hits in the seventh. 

Stephanie Bishop (Milford, NH) doubled home two runs in that inning and Sydney Russell (Arlington, VA) and Gonzales also brought in runs. 

Both teams are back in action next weekend with doubleheaders.  WPI hosts Coast Guard at noon on Saturday while Emerson heads Babson on Sunday at 11am.