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Softball Earns First Win of 2016, Beats Newbury 5-1

Softball Earns First Win of 2016, Beats Newbury 5-1

WINTER GARDEN, Fla. – Mount Ida College collected its first win of 2016 with a 5-1 win over Newbury College as they battled two teams from Massachusetts at the National Training Center Spring Games on Monday morning at Foundation Academy.

The Mustangs settled for a split of the day, falling 11-3 to Gordon College in the second half of their doubleheader.

Game One: Mount Ida 5, Newbury 1

The Mustangs scored three times in the third inning to grab a 3-1 lead and tacked on single insurance runs in the fourth and fifth to beat Newbury, despite being outhit 7-6.

Michele MacDonald (N. Dighton, Mass.) had another pair of hits and she scored the first run of the game on a single to left center by Hayley Microulis (Pawtucket, R.I.) before Lucianna Medici (Riverside, R.I.) also came around on a wild pitch. Microulis would later score on an RBI groundout by Jenni Jackson (Marlboro, Mass.), who also smacked a triple to lead off the second inning but was stranded on third.

The Mustangs tacked on another run in the fourth with a leadoff walk by Alexis Boswell (Amesbury, Mass.), who came around thanks to a pair of Nighthawks errors, and again in the fifth, with Victoria Russo (Revere, Mass.) reaching on another error and scoring on a wild pitch.

Shortstop Alyssa Donovan (West Haven, Conn.) had two hits for the Nighthawks (1-1), who got their run in the first thanks to a sacrifice fly by Emily Humphries (Westborough, Mass.), which scored Noelle Sass (Randolph, Mass.).

Nicole Handzel (Palmer, Mass.) earned her first win of the season with a complete game, one unearned run performance for the Mustangs. Handzel struck out seven and allowed seven hits.

Newbury starter Alina Milauskas (Elkridge, Md.) drops to 1-1 on the year, allowing four runs on five hits with five walks in four innings of work.

Alexa Mummery (Rochester, N.Y.) threw well in relief for the Nighthawks, striking out four and allowing just one unearned run on one hit in three innings.

Game Two: Gordon 11, Mount Ida 3

The Mustangs avoided a five-inning loss with two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, but couldn't come back against the Scots after allowing five runs in the first inning.

The Scots (1-1) pounded out sixteen hits, six of them in the first inning, where Mount Ida also made three miscues.

The Mustangs got one run back in the bottom of the first with a double by Medici, who stole third and scored on a sacrifice fly by Microulis.

Back to back doubles by Emily Burkhart (Manheim, Pa.) and Hope Zigterman (Villa Park, Ill.) got the Scots started again in the third inning, where Alyssa Unumb (Bedford, Mass.) would add an RBI single as the Scots tacked on two more runs.

Zigterman had three hits in the game, as did center fielder Marissa Meenan (Wayne, Pa.), two of six Gordon players with multiple hit days. Burkhart's two-run double was the big blow in a three-run third for Gordon, who took a 10-1 lead, but Mount Ida extended the game with a two-run single by Jackson, which scored Kelsey Weston (Hampstead, N.H.) and MacDonald, who was again 2-4 and stole two more bases, giving her ten hits and six thefts on the season.

Medici also had two hits, and she and Handzel each stole two bags, while Boswell swiped a bag in the loss as well.

Microulis suffered the loss and falls to 0-2 on the year, while Abigail Knowlton (Deer Isle, Maine) picks up her first win of the year, allowing just one run on four hits with three strikeouts in four innings.

Mount Ida will experience their first night games of the year on Tuesday evening, taking on Northwestern (Minn.) at 5:00 pm and Arcadia at 7:00 pm at Hancock Park.