STANDISH, Maine –Mount Ida College (5-19, 5-10 GNAC) dropped a pair of game to Saint Joseph's College (19-5, 11-3 GNAC) in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) softball doubleheader at Richard W. Bailey Field on Sunday afternoon. The Monks won the opener, 9-0, and completed the sweep with a 4-1 victory in the closing contest.
Today's doubleheader was originally scheduled to take place at Mount Ida's home field, so the Mustangs played as the home team in both contests.
Game One: Saint Joseph's 9, Mount Ida 0
Mustangs sophomore starter Nicole Handzel (Palmer, Mass.) struck out seven batters over six innings but suffered her first loss of the year after allowing four runs off six hits and four walks.
Freshman Hayley Microulis (Pawtucket, R.I.) gave up five runs (three earned) off four hits and a pair of walks in one inning of relief.
The Monks scored all of their runs in two different innings with four in the third and five in the seventh. As it played out, Saint Josephs' starting pitcher Laura Jordan (Orrington, Maine) did not require much offense to pick up her third win of the season, as the senior hurler allowed just four hits and a walk with five strikeouts during seven shutout innings.
In the third, sophomore catcher Jennifer Murphy (Andover, Mass.) recorded a two-run double and junior Megen Pollini (Wolfeboro, N.H.) and sophomore shortstop Mariah Harrison (Buxton, Maine) both rapped RBI singles to help the Royal Blue secure a 4-0 cushion.
St. Joe's extended the lead to 9-0 with five runs off four hits and a Mount Ida error in the seventh. Senior right fielder Victoria Ramos (North Scituate, R.I.) and senior third baseman Kim Jordan (Bangor, Maine) notched RBI singles, junior second baseman Alyssa Wade (Peru, Maine) worked a bases-loaded walk, and sophomore center fielder Carla Tripp (Lovell, Maine) reached on an infield error, a miscue that allowed a pair of runs to cross the plate.
Pollini went 3-3 with a run and an RBI and Murphy was 2-3 with two runs and a pair of RBI in the victory.
Left fielder Alexis Boswell (Amesbury, Mass.) was one of four different Mustangs with a hit, going 1-2 in the loss.
Game Two: Saint Joseph's 4, Mount Ida 1
Sophomore pitcher Kaitlyn Muhlenforth (Bohemia, N.Y.) suffered a tough loss, yielding just three earned runs over seven frames.
Microulis drove in Mount Ida's only run, scoring Lucianna Medici (Riverside, R.I.), with each girl going 1-3 in the game.
The Monks did not open the game scoring until the top of the fourth, when Harrison stepped to the plate with two out and two on and ripped a two-run double to left-center.
The Mustangs responded with a run off two hits in the bottom of the fourth, when Medici led off with a single up the middle and later scored on a base hit by Microulis, making it a 2-1 game through four.
Saint Joseph's tacked on a pair of insurance runs off four hits and an error in the top of the fifth, when junior first baseman Melissa Mayhew (Hiram, Maine) plated Kim Jordan with a two-bagger to left-center and scored when the following batter, senior Theresa Hendrix (Scarborough, Maine/Cheverus), roped another double to left-center, accounting for the 4-1 final.
Emma Morton (Winchester, Mass.) and Shannon McArthur (Coventry, R.I.) had the other two hits in the game for Mount Ida.
Jordan, Murphy and Pollini all went 2-4 with a run in the victory while sophomore pitcher Kylie McFadden (Somersworth, N.H.) allowed a run off four hits with six punch outs in a complete-game effort.
Saint Joseph's travels to University of Saint Joseph (CT) on Tuesday for a conference doubleheader starting at 3:00 PM while Mount Ida hosts Emmanuel College tomorrow in a GNAC twinbill that starts at 3:00 PM.