CLERMONT, Fla. – Standout pitching and an offensive explosion helped Mount Ida College to an 8-0, five inning win over Northwestern St. Paul as the Mustangs split a doubleheader on their third day of The Spring Games at Hancock Park.
Under the lights in Florida, Mount Ida dropped an 11-3 decision to Arcadia in the second game of the day, and now sit at 2-4 on the season.
Game One: Mount Ida 8, Northwestern (Minn.) 0, 5 inn.
Nicole Handzel (Palmer, Mass.) pitched a one-hitter and Hayley Microulis (Pawtucket, R.I.) had three hits and drove in three runs, including smacking the first home run of the year, a two-run shot during a 3-0 top of the first for the Mustangs.
Sophomore Alexis Boswell (Amesbury, Mass.) hit the big blow in a four-run third inning, a bases clearing double as Mount Ida cruised to the five-inning victory.
Emily Geurkink (Baldwin, Wis.) had the lone hit for the Eagles, a leadoff single in the bottom of the third, but she could only reach second before being eliminated on a fielder's choice.
Handzel improved to 2-1 on the season and earned her first shutout of the season, tossing four strikeouts and allowing just three base-runners.
Freshman Victoria Russo (Revere, Mass.) picked up her first collegiate RBI with a single to left field in the third as the Mustangs went station to station with the bases loaded before Boswell's three-run double to right field plate Handzel, Russo and Jenni Jackson (Marlboro, Mass.).
Starter Meghan Schroeder (Big Lake, Minn.) took the loss for Northwestern (3-7), allowing eight runs on nine hits in four innings. Schroeder didn't walk a batter and picked up one strikeout, while Lauren Silbernick (Osakis, Minn.) pitched a perfect inning in relief.
Game Two: Arcadia 11, Mount Ida 3
Mount Ida pounded out ten more hits and took a 1-0 lead in the first inning, but were unable to come up with the big blow, leaving nine runners on base.
The Knights improved to 4-0 on the year by collecting 14 hits and scoring three times in the top of the second to take the lead for good.
The top of the Mount Ida order in MacDonald and Medici were each 2-4 and freshman Kelsey Weston (Hampstead, N.H.) picked up an RBI with a single in the first inning to give Mount Ida a lead.
Arcadia answered back in the next half inning with back to back doubles by Kaylee Zarick (Scranton, Pa.) and Sara Boyadjis (Cedar Knolls, N.J.) to help plate three runs.
Boyadjis would go on to drive in a pair of runs in the game, while Zarick went 2-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored.
The Knights added two more runs on a towering home run to left center by Nicole Iasiello (Bethlehem, Pa.) in the top of the fifth and then scored five times on six hits in the seventh inning before Mount Ida grabbed a run back in the bottom of the seventh, when Boswell led off with a single and came around on a two-out fielding error.
Iasiello had three hits for Arcadia, as did catcher Samantha Quigley (Philadelphia, Pa.), who scored three times.
Sarah Gunia (East Brunswick, N.J.) earned her first win of the season, while Microulis dropped to 0-3 on the year with both pitchers going all seven innings.
The final two games of Mount Ida's spring break trip will be played in less than twelve hours, as the Mustangs face Monmouth College at 9:00 AM and SUNY Potsdam at 11:00 AM on Wednesday at Foundation Academy.