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Mustangs Tripped Up by Hawks, Pilgrims in Sunshine State

Mustangs Tripped Up by Hawks, Pilgrims in Sunshine State

CLERMONT, Fla. – Mount Ida College is still in search of their opening win of 2015 after dropping both of their games on Day 2 of the National Training Center Tournament in Florida.

The Mustangs were blanked 7-0 by Roger Williams University and then beaten 9-1 in six innings by New England College in two games played at Hancock Park.

Game 1: Roger Williams 7, Mount Ida 0

Roger Williams scratched out single runs in each of the first three innings, and then scored twice more in each of the fifth and sixth frames to collect the victory and improve to 2-4 on the season.

Junior Meghan Maliga (Suffield, Conn.) pitched a complete game of scoreless ball, striking out eight Mustangs while allowing just four hits and not issuing a walk.

First baseman Alana Peoples (Scarborough, Maine) had a pair of hits and drove in two runs, as the Hawks racked up nine hits and took seven free passes.

Shortstop Haley Ledbetter (Westerly, R.I.) also drove in two runs, and Alicia McCauley (N. Reading, Mass.) crossed the plate twice in the Hawks victory.

Four different players had singles for the Mustangs, who threatened with two on in the bottom of the seventh with a pair of base hits by Shannon McArthur (Coventry, R.I.) and Emma Morton (Winchester, Mass.), but the two out rally ended with Maliga's final strikeout to end the game.

Roger Williams grabbed a run in the first without the benefit of a hit when leadoff batter Taylor Messier (Cranston, R.I.) was hit by a pitch and eventually came around to score on a sacrifice fly by Ledbetter.

Angela Pasquariello (N. Smithfield, R.I.) delivered an RBI single an inning later, and then Ledbetter picked up her second RBI of the day with a groundout in the third to score McCauley, who had walked and stole second.

The Mustangs held the Hawks scoreless in the fourth inning and got the first two outs of the next frame, but Roger Williams grabbed two runs in the fifth after an error allowed Delaney Burns (Hudson, N.H.) to reach and a run to score before an RBI single by Peoples drove home Ledbetter with an unearned run.

The sixth inning saw a patient Hawks lineup take advantage of four Mount Ida walks, two of them with the bases loaded, to extend their advantage to 7-0.

Leadoff batter Michele MacDonald (N. Dighton, Mass.) and left fielder Alexis Boswell (Amesbury, Mass.) had the other two singles for Mount Ida.

Mount Ida sophomore pitcher Kaitlyn Muhlenforth (Bohemia, N.Y.) fell to 0-3 on the season, allowing five earned runs in a complete game effort herself which featured two strikeouts.

Game 2: New England College 9, Mount Ida 1 (6 inn.)

The Mustangs finally saw their bats come to life late in their second game of the day when freshman Lexi Minicucci (Westfield, Mass.) tripled to right field to drive home Muhlenforth, who had smacked a single to start the inning, but that was the only run the Mustangs could drive in, and the Pilgrims (4-2) scored in the fifth and sixth innings to reach the run-rule advantage.

The six and seven batters in the Pilgrims lineup, third baseman Brittney Distante (Guilford, Conn.) and second baseman Miranda Johnson (Huntsville, Utah) combined for five hits, four runs batted in and a pair of runs scored to lead the New England College offensive attack.

The Pilgrims took advantage of five Mount Ida errors in the victory and scored four times in the bottom of the first, in which three of those errors occurred.

Senior Alyssa Krause (Northfield, N.H.) delivered an RBI single to kick off the rally and then scored herself on a fielding error by the Mustangs. The big blow in the inning was a two-run double to left field by Johnson, which scored Distante, who had singled herself, and Shawnie Clark (Holden, Mass.), the beneficiary of the Mustang miscue.

The Mustangs held New England College scoreless for the next two innings and had a chance to cut into the lead in their half of the third when Muhlenforth, who had two hits in the game, led off with a single and MacDonald slapped a double to left field. Minicucci got on board as well as she was hit by a pitch, but with one out and the bases loaded, the Mustangs lined two straight balls at shortstop and they were both snagged by Clark.

The Pilgrims tacked on three more runs in the fourth, the first on a double-steal by Kiley Williams (Salem, Utah) and Candace Moore (Derry, N.H.), with Moore, who had led off the inning with a single, swiping the plate.

Williams came across on a wild pitch and then Krause walked, stole second, and scored on a single through the right side by Rebecca Allen (East Patchogue, N.Y.).

Johnson and Distante slammed back to back doubles down opposite lines with one out in the bottom of the fifth, and then Distante's triple to right field in the bottom of the sixth scored Clark, who had reached on a two-out fielding error.

Sophomore Debra Mazzeo (Bloomfield, N.J.) earned the victory by pitching six innings and allowing one earned run on six hits and no walks, with two strikeouts.

Muhlenforth took the loss for the Mustangs after throwing four innings and giving up just three earned runs.

On Wednesday, Mount Ida takes the morning off and plays a double-header starting at 1:00 pm when they host Wesleyan (CT) before facing Cornell College at 3:00 pm in their second game of the day.