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Softball Sweeps Rivier to Level GNAC Record

Softball Sweeps Rivier to Level GNAC Record

NEWTON, Mass. – Senior Nicole Handzel (Palmer, Mass.) threw a pair of complete games and Mount Ida College swept a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) softball doubleheader from Rivier University on Wednesday afternoon at Mount Ida Softball Field.

The Mustangs beat the visiting Raiders 4-2 in the first game and 6-0 in game two to improve to 9-10 on the year and 3-3 in the GNAC.

Rivier falls to 8-12 and is now 2-6 in conference play.

Game 1: Mount Ida 4, Rivier 2

Handzel took a no-hitter into the sixth inning, striking out 12 batters, and the Mount Ida offense racked up ten hits off of Raiders pitcher Kendall Stanton (Rochester, N.H.).

Hayley Microulis (Pawtucket, R.I.) was 3-4 and Kristina Stella (Revere, Mass.) was 2-3 at the plate with a run scored.

Mount Ida also took advantage of four Raider errors, as all four of their runs were unearned.

Freshman right fielder Keeliey Zompetti (Hudson, Mass.) drove in a run and also scored during the Mount Ida second inning in which all four of their runs crossed the plate.

Zompetti drove in Stella with what would have been a groundout and Jenni Jackson (Marlborough, Mass.) came across from second base when the errant throw got away.

Two more runs came around when a line drive by Lucianna Medici (Riverside, R.I.) was played into a four-base error, as Zompetti and Medici flew around the bases before the ball could be tracked down in left field.

The visitors got on the board with two runs in the sixth when sophomore Mikayla Ramsdell (Salem, N.H.) led off with a triple to break up Handzel's no-hitter. She came into score on a single up the middle by catcher Evelyn Susko (Hudson, N.H.). The Raiders got all four of their hits in the sixth inning, and cut Mount Ida's deficit in half when Taylor Rowsell (Chelmsford, Mass.) knocked an RBI double down the right field line.

Game 2: Mount Ida 6, Rivier 0

It was another dominant performance by Handzel, who allowed just three hits and struck out six batters in a complete game shutout.

Michele MacDonald (N. Dighton, Mass.), Kaitlyn Muhlenforth (Bohemia, N.Y.), Emma Morton (Winchester, Mass.) and Lexi Minicucci (Westfield, Mass.) each went 2-3, six different players scored and four different Mustangs knocked in runs in a 12-hit attack.

MacDonald bunted home Medici who had tripled to open the game, and would score herself during the bottom of the fourth. Jackson singled home Microulis in the same inning.

Minicucci added an RBI single to left in the second inning and later scored on a groundout by Medici.

Freshman Taylor Thomas (Winthrop, Mass.) took the loss for Rivier, as she allowed four earned runs in just 1+ innings of work on seven hits.

The Mustangs head to Norwich on Saturday afternoon for a 3:00 PM GNAC twinbill.

Rivier travels to Emmanuel tomorrow for a 6:30 PM doubleheader, rescheduled from April 1st.