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Mustangs Suffer Slow Start in Openers at NTC Tournament

Mustangs Suffer Slow Start in Openers at NTC Tournament

CLERMONT, Fla. – Mount Ida College opened their run at the 2015 National Training Center Tournament on Monday afternoon, but were unable to get their bats going in a 2-0 loss to Coast Guard Academy, and then fell in heartbreaking fashion, 5-4 to Juniata College.

Game 2: Juniata 5, Mount Ida 4

Freshman Alexis Boswell (Amesbury, Mass.) raked a triple to deep center field for her first two collegiate RBIs, putting Mount Ida ahead 2-0, a lead they would extend to 4-1 before the Eagles scored four times in the bottom of the seventh and collected a walk-off victory.

The Mustangs got just one out in the last half of the seventh, surrendering four hits, including three-straight RBI base knocks. The game-winner was a triple to right field off of the bat of junior pitcher Holly Bettinger (Hummelstown, Pa.).

That scored Lauren Kosicki (Patton, Pa.), who had singled in a run, and Kerigan Ammerman (Alexandria, Pa.), who had doubled home a run after a walk, a single, and a fielder's choice to start the inning.

All four of Mount Ida's runs were unearned, as they took advantage of seven Juniata errors, but did make three miscues themselves.

Boswell scored Lucianna Medici (Riverside, R.I.) and Emma Morton (Winchester, Mass.), with two outs in the fourth, after Morton had reached on a throwing error by the second baseman.

The Mustangs extended their lead to 4-1, after Juniata had cut the deficit in half in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI single by catcher Alicia Regnault (Bridgewater, N.J.).

In the top of the seventh, Boswell reached on an error to start the inning, and Michele MacDonald (North Dighton, Mass.) bunted her way aboard, and then stole second, as Boswell had moved up to third on the bunt and a throwing error.

Another error on the next play helped the Mustangs extend their cushion. Sophomore Erin Fairfield (Franklin, Mass.) sent a single by the shortstop, and MacDonald was able to score from second when the ball got past Juniata's center fielder and rolled to the wall. Though Fairfield moved to second one with nobody out, Mount Ida was unable to drive her in, keeping the game a 4-1 affair.

Those unearned runs helped the pitching line of Bettinger, who pitched a complete game and allowed seven hits and no walks while striking out four in picking up the win.

Mustang starter Kaitlyn Muhlenforth (Bohemia, N.Y.) allowed just an unearned run on five hits over five innings of work, and took the no-decision, while freshman Hayley Microulis (Pawtucket, R.I.) suffered her second loss of the season after an inning and a third of four-run ball.

Bettinger had two hits, as did Ammerman and Regnault, while Medici was the only Mustang with two of their seven base knocks.

Game 1: Coast Guard 2, Mount Ida 0

The offense of Mount Ida was powered down by the Bears, who allowed just two hits through the tandem of Emily Dow (Topsfield, Mass.) and Sara Sorensen (Lakewood, Wash.).

Dow earned the victory by making the start and going four innings of one-hit shutout ball, with one walk and one strikeout.

Sorensen, who picked up her first save of the season, posted the exact same line over the final three innings of play.

The Bears took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first with back to back two out doubles by Jessie Richardson (Kent, Wash.) and Cherokee Strickland (Vancleave, Miss.), who picked up the RBI.

Their only other run came in the top of the fourth when Erin Lisko (Waynesboro, Pa.) took a bases-loaded walk to bring home Sara Cammuso (Millbury, Mass.).

Mount Ida threatened in the bottom of the sixth when Microulis singled to right field with two outs and moved to second as freshman Lexi Minicucci (Westfield, Mass.) hustled from first to third on the throw.

Unfortunately, that rally stalled as Shannon McArthur (Coventry, R.I.) pounded the first pitch of her at-bat right at third baseman Hannah Ingerson (Kirkwood, Pa.), who made the play to end the threat.

It was the Mustangs who worked out of a jam in the top of the third inning when Coast Guard loaded the bases on two singles and a walk with nobody out. However, Muhlenforth induced three ground ball outs, and Microulis and Medici, who had the other Mustang single, were able to get forces at home on the first two to keep the Bears off of the board.

Muhlenforth took the loss after allowing two earned runs over four innings on six hits and four walks.

Microulis threw three hitless and scoreless innings in relief against Coast Guard.

Mount Ida (0-4) returns to the fields of Clermont on Tuesday at 11:00 AM when they host Roger Williams University. They will also play New England College on Tuesday at 3:00 PM, with both of those games being played at Hancock Park Fields.