NEWTON, Mass. – Mount Ida College softball earned a pair of victories on Thursday afternoon, beating visiting Wheelock College 8-4 and 8-0 in non-conference action at Alumni Field.
The Mustangs, winners of three of their last four games, improve to 6-7 on the year, while Wheelock dips to 1-9.
Game 1: Mount Ida 8, Wheelock 4
Freshman Jessica Weiss (Great Neck, N.Y.) earned her first collegiate victory, allowing just one earned run over her three innings of work.
Mount Ida got rolling with five runs in the first inning and never looked back, with Kelsey Weston (Hampstead, N.H.) scoring two on a ground rule double and Jenni Jackson (Marlborough, Mass.) and Alisa Benson (Middletown, R.I.) adding run-producing singles as well.
Lucianna Medici (Riverside, R.I.) was on base four times with two hits and two walks, and she stole three bags and scored twice. Weston and Benson had three hits apiece, as the Mustangs rapped out 13 base hits against Wheelock pitcher Maggie Doyle (Kingston, Mass.), who fell to 0-5 after walking nine batters and striking out four.
Jackson added an RBI single to score Weston in the second and Hayley Microulis (Pawtucket, R.I.) knocked in Medici in the bottom of the third.
Wildcats second baseman Rachael Simpson (Littleton, Mass.) went 2-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored, and her solo home run in the top of the sixth cut the Mustang lead to 7-4 after Doyle had scored in the same inning on a sacrifice fly by Samantha Leahon (Castleton, N.Y.).
Alexis Boswell (Amesbury, Mass.) scored an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth on a bunt single by Medici.
Kaitlyn Muhlenforth (Bohemia, N.Y.) earned the save for Mount Ida, tossing four innings of two-run ball.
Left fielder Hanna Gootee (Hampton, N.H.) and shortstop Brianna Hochwarter (Attleboro, Mass.) had two hits each for the Wildcats, and Hochwarter gave them a 1-0 lead in the first with a single to right center, but Weiss induced a fly out and a ground out to get out of any further trouble.
Game 2: Mount Ida 8, Wheelock 0 (5 inn.)
Senior Nicole Handzel (Palmer, Mass.) struck out nine batters and allowed just two hits in a stellar complete game shutout victory.
Mount Ida put up four runs in the second and four more in the third to secure the run-rule win and the doubleheader sweep.
Lexi Minicucci (Westfield, Mass.), Medici, and Muhlenforth each knocked two-run doubles in the win.
Keeliey Zompetti (Hudson, Mass.) added an RBI groundout to score Kristina Stella (Revere, Mass.) and Benson bunted home Minicucci who had hit a two-run ground rule double down the right field line to start the Mustang scoring in the second.
With two outs, Zompetti doubled to right field in the third and Benson walked to set up Medici's two-bagger. Michele MacDonald (N. Dighton, Mass.) drew a walk as well before Muhlenforth doubled to left center to make it an eight run game.
Gootee drew the loss for Wheelock, throwing four innings and allowing nine hits and five walks without a strikeout.
Simpson continued her strong day with a 1-2 performance at the plate, while Shannon Creedon (Woodstock, Conn.) had the only other hit for Wheelock.
Wheelock returns to New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) play on Sunday when they host Becker in a doubleheader at 12:00 pm at Hedley Field on the campus of Pine Manor.
The Mustangs are slated to begin Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) play this weekend, with a home game against Johnson & Wales on Saturday set for 12:00 pm pending weather and field conditions.