NEWTON, Mass. – A day after handing Head Coach Katie Zuman her 100th career win, Mount Ida College was unable to generate much offense against the University of Saint Joseph (CT), and suffered a pair of losses to complete their Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) softball doubleheaders this weekend.
The Mustangs (5-11, 2-4 GNAC) were shutout 3-0 in the first game and scored a late run to prevent a similar fate in game two, dropping the second contest 6-1 to USJ, who improve to 14-4 (4-0 GNAC).
Game 1: USJ 3, Mount Ida 0
Mount Ida mustered just five hits against senior Patti Sciglimpaglia (Norwalk, Conn.), with junior Michele MacDonald (N. Dighton, Mass.) collecting three of them at the top of the lineup and also stealing a base.
Sciglimpaglia improved to 9-0 on the year with the complete game shutout, striking out nine batters and walking just one.
Junior Nicole Handzel (Palmer, Mass.) allowed just one earned run and struck out eight batters, but fell to 4-6 on the season.
The big blows for the Blue Jays came on two hits, a double down the left field line by Sciglimpaglia in the top of the first to score leadoff batter Haley McCall (Lebanon, Conn.), and a two-run single in the third by Isabella Russo (Southington, Conn.), who prevented Handzel from working out of a bases loaded jam for the second straight game when she stroked a base knock to left center with two outs.
Russo and first baseman Emily Vigue (Lebanon, Conn.) were the two batters with multiple hits for the Bluejays.
Game 2: USJ 6, Mount Ida 1
Kailee Lutz (Foxboro, Mass.) drove in a run with a single to right field in the bottom of the seventh to plate Jenni Jackson (Marlboro, Mass.), but Mount Ida could not plate any more runs despite rapping out nine hits against Danielle Circosta (Feeding Hills, Mass.), who improved to 5-2 on the year with an eight strikeout, one-walk performance.
The Mustangs trailed 2-0 after the third inning, but left two on in the bottom of the third and then wasted a one-out triple by MacDonald in the bottom of the fifth. MacDonald had another stellar performance, going 3-3 in game two and also walking to reach base four times.
Saint Joseph broke the game open with four unearned runs in the top of the seventh. Two Mustang fielding errors allowed a pair of runs to score, and then Kara Klimaszewski (Naugatuck, Conn.) added an RBI single to center field and Morgan Skoly (Vernon, Conn.) drew a bases-loaded walk from Handzel, who allowed just two earned runs and struck out five.
The Bluejays got on the board in the top of the third with an RBI groundout by Patti Sciglimpaglia and a double to left center by Mary Sciglimpaglia (Norwalk, Conn.).
Mount Ida will leave conference play for the moment and head to Framingham State on Tuesday for a 3/5 pm doubleheader.
Saint Joseph hosts Simmons at New Britain, Conn. tomorrow at 12/2 pm.