NEWTON, Mass. – Mount Ida picked up right where they left off by finishing off a rally in an eight-run third inning but it wasn't enough to help them get past Rivier University, who held on for a 17-11 win in the continuation of a halted Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) softball game on Friday evening at Alumni Field.
The Mustangs (6-20, 6-12 GNAC) pounded out 18 hits in the game, but couldn't climb out of a 13-6 hole that they had fallen into when the game was originally started on April 8th.
Sophomore Lucianna Medici (Riverside, R.I.) had two hits in the game and got the restart off on the right foot by slamming a three-run homerun to left field in the bottom of the third inning, in which Mount Ida had already scored five runs before the weather delay.
Medici scored three times in the game, while fellow sophomore Kaitlyn Muhlenforth (Bohemia, N.Y.) had four hits and scored twice while driving in a run.
Rivier (14-16, 5-13 GNAC) had scored five times in each of the first two innings and three more times in the top of the third, as they led 13-1 before the Mustangs came to bat in the bottom of the third.
The third inning saw the Mustangs tally eight runs on seven hits, including a double to left center by Hayley Microulis (Pawtucket, R.I.) and RBI singles by Alexis Boswell (Amesbury, Mass.) and Kailee Lutz (Foxboro, Mass.).
On the restart, Lutz was on first base and Mount Ida got two on with two outs when Shannon McArthur (Coventry, R.I.) was hit by a pitch before Medici crushed the second home run of her career to score three and cut the deficit to four runs.
The Raiders, however, got single runs back in the fourth and six, and two more in the seventh after an RBI sacrifice fly by Microulis in the sixth had plated Muhlenforth.
Microulis and Emma Morton (Winchester, Mass.) each had three hits in the game, and Morton delivered a ground rule double to drive home Medici in the bottom of the seventh, but the Mustangs left two on base to end the game.
Third baseman Shaylyn Freitas (Pelham, N.H.) scored four runs despite having just one hit for the Raiders, while Destiny Jordan (Lawrence, Mass.) was 2-4 with two RBIs and three runs scored.
Muhlenforth also pitched all seven innings for Mount Ida, striking out six batters but allowing 12 hits and 13 walks, and was hindered by six Mustangs errors.
Taylor Miler (Haverhill, Mass.) earned the win for the Raiders, allowing four runs over four and a third innings on nine hits and a walk with two strikeouts.
Mount Ida travels to Connecticut this weekend for a pair of GNAC doubleheaders, starting tomorrow when they face Albertus Magnus at 3:00 and 5:00 pm.
Rivier goes to Anna Maria Saturday at 12:00 and 2:00.