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Mustangs Sweep Cross-Town Rivals in GNAC Twinbill

Mustangs Sweep Cross-Town Rivals in GNAC Twinbill

NEWTON, Mass. – The Mount Ida College softball team collected victories in two Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) softball games against Lasell College on Thursday afternoon at the Mount Ida College softball field. The Mustangs hop back in the win column at 13-18 this season and 7-11 in the GNAC, while the Lasers drop to 4-26 overall and 0-16 in the conference.

Game One: Mount Ida: 10 Lasell: 1 (5 Innings)

In a game originally scheduled at Lasell, Mount Ida used eight runs in the third inning to take down the Lasers in a shortened game. Mustangs' pitcher Nicole Handzel (Palmer, Mass.) tossed the full five for the victory, allowing four hits and one earned run, while fanning eight batters.

All players in the Mustangs' starting lineup recorded at least a single hit in the victory, orchestrated by Hayley Microulis (Pawtucket, R.I.), who went 3-for-4 with two RBI's and a run scored. Emma Morton (Winchester, Mass.) drove in two runs of her own for the Mustangs on .500 hitting, while Michele MacDonald (North Dighton, Mass.) and Jenni Jackson (Marlborough, Mass.) hit into an RBI single as well.

Laura MacLeod (Old Saybrook, Conn.) roped her first homerun of the season, and second overall in her three years at Lasell, driving in Lasell's lone run of the opener. Nicole Arcese (Holliston, Mass.), Victoria Spellman (Rocky Hill, Conn.), and Bailey Burnett (Phillipston, Mass.) all reached on a base knock for Lasell in the effort.

Lucianna Medici (Riverside, R.I.) worked a lead-off walk to open the game, and landed on second with her first of two stolen bases. On the next play, Medici flew off second base, stealing third on the play, and came around to score on a throwing error by the Lasell third baseman for the 1-0 lead.

Spellman answered the 1-0 deficit with a leadoff single to right, but was left on second after a sac bunt by Erin Smith (Gorham, Maine), as Handzel retired the side.

The scoring frenzy started in the third inning, as Morton and Jackson swung into a bases loaded single to center each, scoring three runners with one down. The bases stayed juiced for Alisa Benson (Middletown, R.I.), who plated Morton on a base knock for the 5-0 score. The infield fly rule retired Medici on the next play, but the Mustangs rallied for a two-out, four-run conclusion for the 9-0 advantage.

MacLeod's solo homer came in the bottom of the fifth, but Ida plated Microulis on a two-out single to left in the next half, to keep the first game at five innings. Senior pitcher Krystel Enko (Haydenville, Mass.) suffered the loss on the hill, allowing nine earned runs on 13 hits, with four walks and three strikeouts.

Game 2: Mount Ida 5, Lasell 2

Kaitlyn Muhlenforth (Bohemia, N.Y.) earned her first victory of the season, allowing just two earned runs over five innings of work in relief of Handzel. 

The Mustangs grabbed four runs in the second inning, two on a triple to right field by Kelson Weston (Hampstead, N.H.). 

Benson scored Weston with a bunt single before scoring on a double by Medici. 

Lasell grabbed a pair of runs back in the fourth inning with two bases-loaded RBIs. Nichole Arcese was hit by a pitch and then Bailey Burne drew a walk as Laura MacLeod and Mackenzie Madden crossed the plate. 

Arcese took the loss in the circle for Lasell, despite four strikeouts and no walks. Griffin Cihak and Arianna Genovese each had a pair of hits for the Lasers. 

Michele MacDonald (N. Dighton, Mass.), Muhlenforth, Benson and Emma Morton (Winchester, Mass.) each had two hits in part of Mount Ida's 13-hit attack. 

Mount Ida is back on their home field tomorrow afternoon with a 3:00 pm game against Saint Joseph's (Me).