MINNEOLA, Fla. – For the third straight day, Mount Ida College softball won their opening game and dropped the second half of their doubleheader, this time by a pair of 4-2 scorelines at Minneola Athletic Complex.
The Mustangs beat Sage College 4-2 in the morning game and then fell to Penn State Brandywine by an identical count to keep their record even at 3-3 on the year.
Game 1: Mount Ida 4, Sage 2
Trailing 2-0 after the top of the first, Mount Ida senior Lucianna Medici (Riverside, R.I.) scored in the first and third innings to tie the game and the Mustangs took the lead in the fourth and grabbed an insurance run in the fifth.
Kelsey Weston (Hampstead, N.H.) scored the eventual winning run on a fielder's choice groundout by Alexis Boswell (Amesbury, Mass.), and Medici scored her third run of the day, on an Emma Morton (Winchester, Mass.) sacrifice fly to centerfield to put Mount Ida up 4-2 in the fifth.
It was the second RBI of the day for Morton, who hit a two out single to center to score Medici in the bottom of the first. The Mustangs tied the game when Medici stole home, with freshman Keeliey Zompetti (Hudson, Mass.) taking second on a double steal.
Medici stole three bases in the game and was 2-2 at the plate. Meanwhile, the Mustangs were led by Morton (2-1, two RBI's) and Medici (2-2, three runs, three stolen bases) at the plate.
Sage took the lead when Katy Rimawi (Ballston Spa, N.Y.) hit a single to the shortstop to score Alexa Silk (Freehold, N.Y.) and Jessica Adams (Nassau, N.Y.) hit a sacrifice fly to left to score Kristen Silk (Freehold, N.Y.), who also stole three bags in the contest.
Mount Ida senior Nicole Handzel (Palmer, Mass.) (3-0) threw a complete game with five strikeouts for the win.
Alison Ford (Mechanicville, N.Y.) threw six innings, allowing just four hits and striking out two for Sage (1-3).
Game 2: Penn State Brandywine 4, Mount Ida 2
This time it was the Mustangs who took an early lead, scoring twice in the bottom of the second on a bases loaded walk taken by Jessica Weiss (Great Neck, N.Y.) and a fielding error that scored Zompetti and Lexi Minicucci (Westfield, Mass.).
Unfortunately, Mount Ida managed just four hits again and couldn't tack on any more runs and the Nittany Lions (2-4) answered with two in the top of the third and two more in the top of the fifth, those on a two-run single through the left side by second baseman Julia Allman (Broomall, Pa.).
Weiss, making her first start as a Mustang, also took her first decision after allowing two earned runs on seven hits, though she did collect three strikeouts. Handzel relieved her for two innings of hitless ball with four strikeouts.
Maura Moser (Northampton, Pa.) earned her first collegiate win (1-1) with a complete game, four-hitter, with just one earned run allowed and three K's to her credit as well.
Seven different batters had base hits for PSU Brandywine, including leadoff center fielder Arianna Segich (Ocean City, N.J.) and left fielder Maddie Malfara (Ardsley, Pa.) who each scored twice in the win.
She came in to tie the game on a Moser sacrifice fly in the third, after Malfara had come around when a Mount Ida throw hit the runner and bounced down the first base line.
Segich and Malfara also scored on Allman's game-winning single.
Mount Ida concludes their showing at The Spring Games on Wednesday with games against Alfred (9 AM) and Drew (11:30 AM) at Hancock Park in Clermont.