NORTHFIELD, Vt. – The Norwich University softball team picked up its first Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) sweep of the season with a pair of victories over Mount Ida College on Friday afternoon in the Cadets' 2017 home opener.
Norwich (4-12, 4-4 GNAC) won Game 1 by a score of 6-0 and then took the nightcap 6-2 to sweep Mount Ida (9-12, 3-5 GNAC) for the first time since the 2014 season.
The Cadets two strong pitching performances from sophomores Rachel Johnson (Stockbridge, Vt.) and Emily Oliver (Sagamore Hills, Ohio) in the sweep.
Johnson fired a complete-game, two-hitter and struck out eight batters to win her third straight decision and improve to 3-3.
Sophomore Naomi Rinaldo (Middlefield, Conn.) went 3-for-3 with two runs scored and a RBI to lead the Cadets' offense in the win. Oliver and freshman shortstop Makenna Wade (Pensacola, Fla.) each had two RBIs as well for Norwich.
Senior Justina George (Wallingford, Conn.) walked three times and scored two runs for Norwich.
Norwich jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning with Wade lacing a two-run triple into the right-centerfield gap for her second three-bagger of the season.
The Cadets added four more runs in the bottom of the third inning with Rinaldo, Oliver and Katie Reid (Gold Canyon, Ariz.) each notching RBI hits.
In Game 2, Oliver went the distance with her best performance of the season. She didn't allow an earned run on six hits and struck out three to outduel Mount Ida's ace Nicole Handzel (Palmer, Mass.).
Perry led the Norwich offense in Game 2 with two hits and two RBIs as part of a big five-run fourth inning that gave the Cadets a 6-0 lead. She also had two stolen bases as well.
Reid, Madison Miller (Long Lake, N.Y.) and Sarah Peyton (Eagle River, Alaska) each had RBI hits as well for Norwich.
Mount Ida broke up Oliver's shutout in the top of the sixth inning, capitalizing on a NU error to have Lucianna Medici (Riverside, R.I.) score the Mustangs' lone run of the day.
Hayley Microulis (Pawtucket, R.I.) went 1-3 with a stolen base in Game 2 for the Mustangs.
The Cadets host another big GNAC doubleheader on Saturday when they take on Univ. of Saint Joseph, who currently has a 6-2 record in league play.
Mount Ida heads to Albertus Magnus Saturday for a conference doubleheader starting at 1:00 PM.