NEWTON, Mass. – Mount Ida College left the tying run on third base and the winning run at first in the bottom of the seventh inning on Wednesday afternoon as they dropped a 5-4 decision to Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) softball foe Rivier University at a cold and hail-filled Alumni Field.
The game was part of a scheduled conference double-header, but the nightcap was halted due to rain and darkness with the Raiders leading 13-6 and Mount Ida rallying in the bottom of the third. That game will be continued at a time still to be determined.
Center fielder Shannon McArthur (Coventry, R.I.) went 2-4 with two runs scored for the Mustangs and Hayley Microulis (Pawtucket, R.I.) was 3-3 at the plate and went seven innings, allowing just four earned runs and striking out three.
Junior Taylor Miller (Haverhill, Mass.) earned the win for Rivier, pitching a complete game in which she allowed just one earned run on seven hits and three walks, with seven strikeouts.
Left fielder Lia Bobek (Hollis, N.H.) and center fielder Tori Dugan (Norwalk, Conn.) each had two hits for the Raiders, who scored twice in the top of the first inning when Dugan singled to lead off the game and stole second and third before coming around on a throwing error. Nicole Scotti (Concord, N.H.) added an RBI single to double the visitor's advantage.
Mount Ida tied the game in the next half inning without the benefit of a hit. McArthur reached on a throwing error and moved up on two passed balls before scoring on a wild pitch. Lucianna Medici (Riverside, R.I.), who had walked and stole second herself, also scored via a wild pitch from Miller.
The big blow came in the top of the third for Rivier when first baseman Kathryn Mostone (Pelham, N.H.) hit a towering two-run homerun to left field to restore a two-run advantage for the Raiders, who would not trail again in the game.
Microulis smacked a ground rule double to plate Emma Morton (Winchester, Mass.), who had reached on a passed ball in the bottom of the fifth, but Rivier recouped that run in the top of the seventh with a double by Bobek, who scored after stealing third and advancing on an error as the Mustangs tried to catch her.
That run would prove to be pivotal, as Mount Ida would put together a rally in their final at-bats. McArthur led off with a single and scored thanks to a pair of passed balls before Kaitlyn Muhlenforth (Bohemia, N.Y.) got on board with a single and moved to third on a base-hit by Microulis with two outs. Unfortunately for the Mustangs, Miller got catcher Sam Laferriere (Tewksbury, Mass.) to ground out to end the comeback effort.
Miller improves to 3-7 on the season while Microulis drops to 1-6 a game after earning her first win of the year.
The Mustangs (2-16, 2-7 GNAC) will travel to Anna Maria College on Friday night with the location and time of that game still being finalized.
Rivier (8-13, 1-10 GNAC) heads to Saint Joseph's (ME) on Saturday for a 3:00 pm doubleheader.