NEWTON, Mass. – Sophomore Shannon McArthur (Coventry, R.I.) hit a two-run homerun in game two of Monday's Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) doubleheader against Lasell College, but the first big fly of the year wasn't enough to stop the Lasers from taking both games at Alumni Field.
Lasell opened the double-header with a 6-0 victory and then held off Mount Ida 13-5 thanks to a ten-run second inning in game two.
Game Two: Lasell 13, Mount Ida 5, innings
McArthur went 2-3 with three runs batted in and homered to center field to score Kaitlyn Muhlenforth (Bohemia, N.Y.), but the Lasers crammed in ten runs in the second inning en route to the 13-5 victory.
Muhlenforth added a sacrifice fly in the top of the fifth inning and McArthur struck again with an RBI double in that inning which scored Emma Morton (Winchester, Mass.), who had singled in a run to put Mount Ida on the board in the third.
Lasell had already broken the game open however when, in the second inning and ahead 2-0, junior Emily DeAngelis (Shelton, Conn.) and senior Michaela Grady (Worcester, Mass.) each cracked the ball over the outfield fence with two runners on base. Grady registered her first home run of the spring, while DeAngelis grabbed her second home run on the year.
The Lasers pounded out out eight hits and took advantage of two Mount Ida errors in the big second inning.
Freshman Ashley Gatchell (Franklin, Mass.) was the deciding factor in the bottom of the fifth, reaching on a fielder's choice to send DeAngelis home with the walk-off bunt for the run-rule win.
Sophomore pitcher Krystal Enko (Haydenville, Mass.) pitched 4.1 innings for seven hits and five earned runs to earn her second win of the season (2-5).
Muhlenforth (0-8) took the setback on the mound for the Mustangs, allowing nine earned runs and 13 hits.
Game One: Lasell 6, Mount Ida 0
For the Mustangs, sophomore Sam Laferriere (Tewksbury, Mass.) went 2-for-3 at the plate, while sophomores McArthur and Morton each went 1-for-3. Freshman Hayley Microulis (Pawtucket, R.I.) suffered the loss on the mound for Mount Ida with four earned runs and four walks.
Junior pitcher Eileen Bergin (Arlington, Mass.) pitched a complete game for the Lasers, scattering four hits and striking out one batter. Junior Nicole LeBlanc (Easton, Mass.) controlled the scoring, driving in two runs, while senior Denise Archetto (Cranston, R.I.), DeAngelis, and sophomore Erin Smith (Gorham, Maine) each batted in a single run apiece.
After two and a half scoreless innings, Lasell packed in three runs in the bottom of the third. Archetto cranked a double to left field to score Smith who reached first base on a single to center. DeAngelis returned the favor with her next at bat, scoring Archetto off a single down the right field line. Angelis would eventually score on a passed ball, giving the Lasers the early 3-0 lead.
During the Lasers' next at-bats, Smith singled to center field to score Gatchell, who reached with a base hit to left field.
The Mustangs tried to rally in the top of the sixth, when Morton got on base with a single through the right side. Muhlenforth took first base on a fielder's choice and advanced to second on a single to left field by Laferriere, but was left on base to end the threat in the penultimate inning.
With the sweep, the Lasers improve to 2-0 in the GNAC and 5-7 overall, while the Mustangs remain winless in conference play 0-4 and drop to 0-13 on the year.
The Mustangs will host Simmons College on Friday, April 3 for a GNAC doubleheader, while the Lasers' schedule is tentative due to weather and field conditions.