CLERMONT, Fla. – The Mount Ida College softball team completed day three of their trip to the Spring Tournament in Florida, but suffered a pair of losses in their two games at Hancock Park on Wednesday afternoon.
They went neck and neck with Cornell College of Iowa in their second game before dropping a 3-0 decision, while Wesleyan University opened their season by beating the Mustangs 8-3 in Mount Ida's first game of the day.
Game 2: Cornell College 3, Mount Ida 0
The teams matched zeroes for the first four innings, with Mount Ida freshman hurler Hayley Microulis (Pawtucket, R.I.) and the Mount Ida defense keeping a clean slate.
Unfortunately for the Mustangs, they could not solve Cornell's sophomore Jesse Applehans (Highlandds Ranch, Colo.), who hurled a complete game shutout, allowing six hits and just one walk while striking out six batters.
Microulis did have two of those hits, the only Mustang with a multi-hit effort against Applehans. She was left on third base with two outs in the bottom of the first after she singled down the left field line and advanced on a two-base error.
Mount Ida also had runners in scoring position in the bottom of the second, as Kaitlyn Muhlenforth (Bohemia, N.Y.) and Erin Fairfield (Franklin, Mass.) hit back-to-back two out singles. Though they both moved into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt, the Mustangs could not drive them home.
Applehans set the side down in order in each of the next two innings, and her team rewarded her with a run in the top of the fifth. Second baseman Sabrina Hargis (Bondurant, Iowa) singled and stole second base before scoring on an RBI single by center fielder Kelsey Boss (Deltona, Fla.).
Boss went 4-4 at the plate for the Rams, while Hargis had two hits, drove in two runs, and scored once.
Those two RBIs for Hargis came in the top of the sixth, when she singled up the middle to score Applehans, who had two hits to help out her own effort, and pinch runner Tess Wilner (Maple Grove, Minn.), who had substituted for third baseman Brianna Carney (Lockport, Ill.) after she had singled up the middle.
Mount Ida had a chance to climb back into the game in the bottom of the sixth when Lexi Minicucci (Westfield, Mass.) and Microulis led off with back to back singles, but Applehans got two ground outs and then snagged a liner by Muhlenforth to end the threat.
In the circle, Microulis dropped to 0-3 on the season after allowing three runs on eleven hits with no walks or strikeouts.
Cornell made two errors, while the Mustangs did not commit a miscue.
Game 1: Wesleyan 8, Mount Ida 3
The Mustangs jumped out to a 1-0 lead with a single to right center by Minicucci, which scored center fielder Michele MacDonald (N. Dighton, Mass.), who had singled and stole second to lead off the game.
Wesleyan took the lead in the top of the second inning, then added two more runs in each of the fifth, sixth and seventh innings to continue to widen their gap on Mount Ida en route to their first win of the season (1-0).
Four players had multi-hit games for the Cardinals, including left fielder Annalie Walsh-Costello (Worcester, Mass.), who scored three times. The top four batters in the Cardinals line-up each drove in a run, led by lead-off batter Isabel Linzer (Arlington, Va.), who had two hits, drew two walks, and crossed the plate twice.
Susan Pardo (Malverne, N.Y.) singled home Walsh-Costel in the top of the second for the Cardinal's second run of the game, but the Mustangs held Wesleyan in check for the next two frames.
Back to back doubles by Linzer and Angelina Massoia (Feeding Hills, Mass.) to lead off the top of the fifth led to another run for Wesleyan and Massoia crossed the plate on a sacrifice fly by Jill Gately (Rehoboth, Mass.).
The Mustangs got that run back on an RBI groundout by MacDonald in the bottom of the inning, which scored Sam Laferriere (Tewksbury, Mass.), but Wesleyan tacked on two more runs in the sixth, on Linzer and Jamie Hom (Santa Monica, Calif.) RBI singles, and two more in the top of the seventh, on a single by pinch hitter Bailey Softness (Atlanta, Ga.) and a fielding error which allowed Pardo, who had singled up the middle earlier in the inning, to cross the plate.
A clutch single by Fairfield with the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth scored Emma Morton (Winchester, Mass.), who had two hits in the ball-game, but the Mustangs were unlucky to fly out into a double-play to end what could have been a big inning.
Junior pitcher Amanda Roosa (Allegany, N.Y.) earned the first victory of the season for the Cardinals, throwing six innings of eight-hit, three-run ball with one walk and no strikeouts.
Freshman Julie McDonald (Commack, N.Y.) excelled in her first collegiate action, throwing a perfect inning of relief while fanning two batters.
Muhlenforth surrendered 13 hits and issued four free passes while falling to 0-5 on the season.
Mount Ida concludes their trip to Florida on Thursday morning when they face Becker at 9:00 AM and Lakeland College at 11:00 AM, with both of those games to be played at the National Training Center Fields.