PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Mount Ida College scored a 7-5 victory on Monday night in their second Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) softball game to secure a spit with host Johnson & Wales University.
It is the second straight conference split for the Mustangs, who improve to 2-6 in the conference (2-15 overall).
JWU won the opening game 6-0 and is now 6-8 on the season and 5-3 in the GNAC.
Game Two: Mount Ida 7, Johnson & Wales 5
Sophomore Kaitlyn Muhlenforth (Bohemia, N.Y.) went 2-4 wit htwo runs batted in and freshman Lexi Minicucci (Westfield, Mass.) scored two runs as Mount Ida scored twice in each of the first two innings and added three more runs in the bottom of the sixth.
Freshman Hayley Microulis (Pawtucket, R.I.) earned her first collegiate win with two innings of two-hit softball in relief of starter Nicole Handzel (Palmer, Mass.), who went the first five innings and struck out five.
The Wildcats went up 2-0 in the top of the first before Mount Ida came storming back to tie the game in the first and then took a 4-2 lead in the second.
Muhlenforth doubled home Michele MacDonald (North Dighton, Mass.) and came around to score on a Wildcats error to tie the game. Freshman Alexis Boswell (Amesbury, Mass.) gave the Mustangs the lead with an RBI single before MacDonald doubled the Mustang's advantage with a groundout to score Minicucci.
JWU tied things up in the top of the 6th, 4-4, but Mount Ida stomped out three runs in the bottom of the inning en route to the win. Lucianna Medici (Riverside, R.I.) smacked an RBI double to score Minicucci and Muhlenforth singled home Boswell before Medici came across on a sacrifice fly by Emma Morton (Winchester, Mass.).
Junior duo Kristen Solari (Old Bridge, N.J.) and Cynthia Proby (Bremerton, Wash.) each nabbed two hits for the Wildcats while Fantasia crossed the plate twice in the setback.
Game One: Johnson & Wales 6, Mount Ida 0
Muhlenforth took the loos despite pitching a complete game and striking out four batters. Mount Ida was held to just four hits, which included a double by Microulis.
JWU got six innings of three-hit ball by freshman hurler Jennifer Corona (Middle Island, N.Y.), who controlled game one with two strikeouts and two walks against 22 batters faced while scattering the three hits.
Fellow rookie Alex Fantasia (Framingham, Mass.) came in to finish the game by giving up a lone single in the 7th. Eileen Eads (Portsmouth, R.I.) knocked in two runs and went 1-for-4 in the opener while sophomore Kaycee Babineau (Medway, Mass.) scored twice in the 6-0 victory.
The Mustangs are home again on Wednesday afternoon when they host Rivier at 3:00 pm at Alumni Field.