WORCESTER -- – The WPI softball team finished the 2021 regular season with a pair of run-rule victories over Wheaton Sunday afternoon, claiming a four-game sweep of their New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) weekend series at Rooftop Field.
Nicole Logrecco (Huntington Beach, CA) had four doubles and drove in five runs as the Engineers extended their winning streak to ten straight games, winning the first contest 11-3 in five innings and taking the second game 10-1 in five innings as well.
They will kick off their NEWMAC softball tournament run with a series at #2 seed Springfield College next Saturday.
Game 1: WPI 11, Wheaton 3 (5 inn.)
After falling behind 3-0, WPI scored six runs in the bottom of the first inning and never looked back. Brittany Bolster (North Kingstown, RI) drove in three runs, including two on a home run to left field in the bottom of the fourth, which made it 10-3 Engineers.
They began the bottom of the first with six straight batters reaching base. Marissa Gonzales (Oakley, CA) stole home to start the scoring and Lauren Meinhold (Boxboro, MA) doubled in a run. Lindsay Ambrosino (Chelmsford, MA) and Bolster also picked up RBIs in the frame before Case doubled to right center to score two and chase the Wheaton starter from the game.
Diaz made it 8-0 when she doubled home Logrecco and Meinhold in the bottom of the second. Bolster made it 10-0 with her first homer of the year, and Logrecco scored Kaitlyn Hess (Milford, NH) for the second time on the day with her second double of the afternoon.
Sarah Pritchard (Malta, NY) lasted just one-third of an inning for Wheaton, allowing six runs on six hits and a walk. Pritchard did contribute to Wheaton's three-run rally in the first, doubling to left center and scoring on a wild pitch. That inning also included an RBI single by Lindsay Whittles (Hopkinton, MA).
Meinhold earned the win for the Engineers, throwing four and a third scoreless innings. Meinhold allowed just three hits and struck out five without issuing a walk.
Game 2: WPI 10, Wheaton 1 (5 inn.)
For the second straight game, WPI had a six-run inning, scoring six in the bottom of the second after plating three runs in the first inning, two on a double by Logrecco down the right field line.
Stephanie Bishop (Milford, NH) knocked home Logrecco with a double of her own, one of six extra-base hits by the Engineers in the second game of the day.
WPI tacked on six more runs in the bottom of the second. Meinhold had an RBI and scored in the frame, one of two Engineers to cross the plate when Logrecco doubled again, this time down the left field line. The Engineers also took advantage of two errors in the bottom of the second and three in the game, leading to five unearned runs.
Wheaton got on the board in the fourth with three singles, with pinch runner Lilly Laganiere (Rochester, NH) crossing the plate.
Sophia Togneri (Hudson, MA) earned her first victory (1-0) with a complete game five-inning effort. She struck out five batters and allowed just one run.
Wheaton starter Rahne Turley (Sandwich, MA) was charged with the loss (0-1). She gave up one earned run in the first inning on four hits, with one strikeout.