NEWTON, Mass. – In the first softball game played on Alumni Field at Mount Ida College and the opening Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) doubleheader of the year, visiting Suffolk University claimed a pair of victories against the Mustangs on Friday afternoon.
The Rams (6-4, 2-0 GNAC) earned a 9-1 victory in five innings in the opening game before dropping Mount Ida 8-3 in the nightcap.
Game 2: Suffolk 8, Mount Ida 3
Despite outhitting the Rams 9-7, Mount Ida fell behind 3-0 in the first inning and could not climb back into the contest.
For Suffolk, third baseman Nicole Rosa (Wallingford, Conn.) went 3-3 at the plate and drove in two runs, and catcher Delaney Sylvester (Worcester, Mass.) knocked in three runs, while right fielder Devlin Frost (Tewksbury, Mass.) crossed the plate three times.
The Rams took a 3-0 lead in the first inning on RBI singles by Rosa and Sylvester and an RBI groundout by Elissa Mogauro (Pelham, N.H.), all with two outs.
Rosa singled home another run in the third, scoring Frost, and Sylvester added an RBI groundout to plate Madison Eucalitto (Old Saybrook, Conn.) and extend the visitor's lead to 5-0.
Mount Ida tried to climb back into the game in the top of the fifth. Shannon McArthur (Coventry, R.I.) doubled to left center with two runners on to score pitcher Hayley Microulis (Pawtucket, R.I.), and first baseman Emma Morton (Winchester, Mass.) crossed the plate on a grounder by Minicucci which was booted by the Suffolk third baseman.
Suffolk grabbed those two runs back in the bottom of the fifth on a sacrifice fly by Sylvester and a groundout by Mogauro, and the teams traded runs again in the top of the sixth when Microulis delivered a sacrifice fly to center fielder and Meredith Ball (Nahant, Mass.) singled down the left field line for the Rams.
Microulis fell to 0-4 on the season, allowing all eight runs on seven hits and six walks.
Suffolk freshman Kathleen Slavin (Rocky Hill, Conn.) improved to 2-1 in the circle, throwing five innings of three-run ball with two strikeouts.
Game One: Suffolk 9, Mount Ida 1, 5 inn.
Mount Ida was limited to just two hits and an unearned run by senior Sarah Chasse (Salem, Mass.), who improved to 3-2 for the Rams.
The Mustangs took the lead in this game when, with two outs in the top of the first inning, Microulis was hit by a pitch and then came around to score on an error by the left fielder off the bat of Morton.
Suffolk broke the game open with a six-run bottom of the second in which they took advantage of three Mount Ida miscues and rapped out six hits. Kristen Young (Windsor, Conn.) had an RBI single, Ball doubled her home, and Rosa and Chasse also knocked in runs with base hits.
Mount Ida would not get their first hit of the game until the top of the fourth inning, in which both of their base knocks came. Morton singled through the left side to lead off the inning and Minicucci did the same with one out, but Muhlenforth was unlucky to line into a double-play to end the threat.
The bottom of the fifth saw Suffolk reach their run-rule total by putting two runners on base and then getting an RBI single by Ball, and then a two-run double from Eucalitto. Both Ball and Eucalitto went 2-4 and drove in two runs, while Ball also scored twice. Rosa and Lindsay Pagano (Wyckoff, N.J.) both went 2-3 and scored a run in the game, and Rosa had an RBI as well.
Muhlenforth took the loss in game one for the Mustangs, surrendering 13 hits and two walks in four and two innings of work.
Mount Ida (0-11, 0-2 GNAC) returns to Alumni Field tomorrow morning at 10:00 AM for a doubleheader against Emmanuel College.
Suffolk, riding a six game winning streak, travels to Rivier tomorrow for a 3:30 and 5:30 twin-bill.