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Mustangs Topple Cadets in Game One Before Norwich No-Hitter

Mustangs Topple Cadets in Game One Before Norwich No-Hitter

NEWTON, Mass. – The Mount Ida College softball team earned a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) doubleheader split against Norwich University on Saturday afternoon at Mount Ida Softball field. The Mustangs beat the Cadets 7-1 in the opening game before Norwich freshman Rachel Johnson (Stockbridge, Vt.) tossed a no-hitter in an 8-0, 5 inning win. 

Game One: Mount Ida 7, Norwich 1 

Nicole Handzel (Palmer, Mass.) struck out eight batters to break her own career record for strikeouts in a season, with now 147 K's on the year.

The Mustangs took a 5-0 lead after the firsts two innings and got two hits and two RBI's apiece from shortstop Hayley Microulis (Pawtucket, R.I.) and designated player Emma Morton (Winchester, Mass.) en route to the win. 

Morton knocked in a pair of runs with an RBI double in the bottom of the first, and Microulis singled up the middle in the second, an inning that was led off with a triple by Kristina Stella (Revere, Mass.), who was knocked home on a bunt single by Victoria Russo (Revere, Mass.). 

Lucianna Medici (Riverside, R.I.) scored twice and Sam Laferriere (Tewksbury, Mass.) knocked in the other two Mustang runs with a single to right center in the fifth that scored Morton and Kelsey Weston (Hampstead, N.H.). 

Taylor Morris (Haverhill, Mass.) had two of Norwich's five hits in the game, and the Cadets got their only run in the top of the seventh when Morris tripled home Sarah Perry (New Bedford, Mass.), who had reached on a passed ball after striking out swinging.

Emily Oliver (Sagamore Hills, Ohio) took the loss, falling to 4-7 after allowing six earned runs on nine hits over the first five innings of work. Johnson began her day with one perfect inning in relief with two strikeouts.

Game Two: Norwich 8, Mount Ida 0, 5 innings

Johnson picked up where she left off and tossed a sparkling five innings of no-hit ball, striking out five batters and walking just one.

Norwich did all of their damage in the third and fourth innings, striking for three runs in the third and five more in the fourth, in which Oliver smacked a two-run home run and Kassy Kazimierczak (Adams, Mass.) tripled to left field to score Morris and Angie Hershberger (Felton, Calif.), who had singled as well. 

Madison Miller (Long Lake, N.Y.) added an RBI single down the left field line to bring in Kazimierczak. 

Morris drove in a run in the third with a double to right center and socred on a run down after a single by Hershberger. 

Microulis dropped to 2-9 in the circle, giving up just three earned runs and striking out two in three and two thirds innings.  

Mount Ida (8-20, 4-12 GNAC) plays their final regular season home games on Sunday afternoon at 12:00 and 2:00 pm when they host Albertus Magnus College. The Mustangs will also observe Coaches vs Cancer day and ask for your contributions to the American Cancer Society at that game. 

Norwich (12-16, 10-6 GNAC) heads further south to play at Saint Joseph (CT) at the same time Sunday.