NEWTON, Mass. – The conference-leading Johnson & Wales University softball team proved too much for Mount Ida College on Tuesday afternoon, as the visiting Wildcats swept a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) doubleheader to improve to 14-0 in the league.
Game 1: Johnson & Wales 4, Mount Ida 0
Junior Jennifer Corona (Middle Island, N.Y.) was masterful in the circle for the Wildcats, allowing just three hits and no walks while striking out nine batters in a complete game shutout.
Senior Michele MacDonald (N. Dighton, Mass.) had two of the Mustang's three hits and did the most damage with a lead-off triple to start the fourth inning, but Corona induced a groundout and then two strike outs to strand her at third.
Center fielder Kristin Frost (Pearl City, Hawaii) scored twice for Johnson & Wales, who struck with three runs in the third. Alex Fantasia (Framingham, Mass.) led off with a single and advanced to third on a two-base error before scoring on a fielder's choice from Brenna DuPerry (Cranston, R.I.).
DuPerry and Frost later scored on a two-run single to left by designated player Katie Rufo (Natick, Mass.).
The Wildcats tacked on another run in the fifth against Mount Ida starter Nicole Handzel (Palmer, Mass.), who struck out ten batters in the complete game.
Frost led off the frame with a triple to right center and stomped home on an RBI single through the left side by Emily Gorecki (Bremerton, Wash.).
Game 2: Johnson & Wales 13, Mount Ida 1
Mount Ida was held to just two hits, both of them by Hayley Microulis (Pawtucket, R.I.), who scored the only run of the game for the home team on a groundout by Kaitlyn Muhlenforth (Bohemia, N.Y.) after she had doubled to lead off the bottom of the fourth.
JWU grabbed three runs in the first inning, sparked by an RBI single by Katie Rufo (Natick, Mass.) and a two-run double to right center by Diana Amendolara (Newtown, Pa.), who would drive in four runs in the game.
Amendolara was 2-3, with both hits being doubles, while Rufo went 2-4 with two RBIs. DuPerry, third baseman Meghan Gavin (Wallingford, Conn.), and designated player Emily Gorecki (Bremerton, Wash.) each scored twice.
Muhlenforth struck out four batters in four innings, but fell to 0-4. Jess Weiss (Great Neck, N.Y.) tossed an inning in relief for the Mustangs.
Wildcats junior Noelle Weiss (Hartland, Wisc.) improved to 4-2 on the year, limiting Mount Ida to just one run and striking out three batters over five innings.
Six more runs in the top of the fifth put the game into run-rule territory for the Wildcats. Amendolara and Frost each knocked two run doubles in the inning.
Mount Ida is off until Friday when they travel across Newton for a 3:00 pm doubleheader against local rivals Lasell.
Johnson & Wales is right back at it tomorrow with a home doubleheader against Albertus Magnus, starting at 4:00 pm in Providence.