Western New England (7-1) has won seven straight games heading into final day of Florida trip
LEESBURG, Fla. (March 15, 2017) – The Western New England University softball team continued its strong play with wins over the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) and Lancaster Bible (Pa.) College today at the Sleepy Hollow Sports Complex. The Golden Bears built a large lead and held on for an 8-5 victory over MCLA in the opener, before topping Lancaster Bible, 5-3 to extend their winning streak to seven games.
Western New England 8, MCLA 5
• Junior Jenn Luba (Plymouth, Conn.) led the Western New England offense, going 3-for-4 at the plate with a walk and four RBI. Senior catcher Corianna DeLisi (Tuxedo, N.Y.) hit a solo homer and scored two runs, while junior Lindsay Williams (Coventry, Conn.) walked, singled and crossed the plate three times.
• Freshman pitcher Paige Uliase (Meriden, Conn.) improved to 3-0 in the circle after striking out six batters and surrendering just one run on four hits over four innings of work. Junior Sarah Broderick (Woodbury, Conn.) picked up the save after shutting down the Trailblazers over the final 1.2 frames.
• Sophomore Kaitlyn Berghela (Watervliet, N.Y.) fueled the MCLA offense, going 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI out of the leadoff spot, while freshman Erika Quackenbush (Hoosick Falls, N.Y.) went 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs.
• Western New England jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. DeLisi led off with a solo shot, her first of the season, and after the next two batters reached base on MCLA errors, Luba recorded an RBI single. Luba then stole second and an errant throw by the MCLA catcher allowed senior captain Gabby Lavinio (Dalton, Mass) to score from third base, making it 3-0.
• The Trailblazers got on the board in the fourth when Quackenbush stole home, but Western New England tallied two runs in the bottom half of the inning on an RBI single to left field by Luba and a wild pitch that scored Lavinio from third.
• The Golden Bears tacked on three more runs in the fifth with the help of two errors and a two-run single by Luba to open up an 8-1 advantage.
• MCLA battled back with four runs on three hits in the sixth, including a two-run double by Berghala, but Broderick came on in relief to get the final five outs and seal the victory for the Golden Bears.
• The top five players in Western New England's batting order all recorded at least one hit.
• The Trailblazers were hampered by five errors in the contest.
• MCLA dropped to 0-2 with the loss.
Western New England 5, Lancaster Bible 3
• DeLisi set the tone for the Golden Bears, going 4-for-4 with one RBI out of the leadoff spot.
• Lavinio went 2-for-4 with a double and one RBI, while senior Katie Wood (Westport, Mass.) belted the game-winning two-run homer in the top of the fifth.
• Freshman Aimee Kistner (Taunton, Mass.) turned in an impressive outing in the circle, going the distance and striking out nine batters while allowing just one earned run to improve to 2-0 this season.
• Senior Julia D'Arrigo (Fawn Grove, Pa.) led the way for the Chargers, going 2-for-4 with a solo homer.
• Lancaster Bible got to Kistner for two runs in the bottom of the first as sophomore Zoie Senn (Downington, Pa.) scored on a Western New England error and D'Arrigo stole home.
• The Golden Bears got a run back in the second on a sacrifice fly by Luba, before tying the contest in the third on Lavinio's RBI single.
• Lancaster Bible pulled back ahead, 3-2, as D'Arrigo hit a solo homer to left field in the bottom of the third, but Western New England tied the score for the second time in the fourth on DeLisi's RBI single to right field.
• The Golden Bears took the lead for good in the fifth, as Lavinio led off with a double and Wood followed two batters later with a two-run shot to right center, accounting for the final margin in the contest.
• Kistner was dominant over the final three frames, striking out four batters and surrendering just one hit to help Western New England secure its second win of the day.
• The Golden Bears have won seven straight games since dropping their season opener to UMass Boston.
• Western New England scored at least one run in four of the seven innings.
• The Chargers drop to 3-7 with the setback.
Western New England (7-1) wraps up its ten-game trip tomorrow with contests against Gallaudet University (8 a.m.) and New York University (1 p.m.) at Hancock Park in Clermont, Fla.