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Benson Collects Five Hits As Softball Sweeps Non-League Twinbill From Newbury

Benson Collects Five Hits As Softball Sweeps Non-League Twinbill From Newbury


Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Mount Ida Softball Field, Newton, Mass.






NEWTON, Mass. --  Sophomore Alisa Benson (Middletown, R.I.) rapped out five hits and scored four runs to lead Mount Ida to a sweep of a non-league college softball doubleheader from Newbury by scores of 9-1 in the opener and 10-2 in the nightcap in games played Wednesday afternoon at the Mount Ida Softball Field.


The host Mustangs (9-14) jumped out to a 2-0 first inning lead in the opener on junior Kelsey Weston’s (Hampstead, N.H.) RBI single and a steal of home by freshman Caitlin Hogan (Derry, N.H.), and Mount Ida extended that margin to 6-0 with a four-run second inning rally highlighted by a two-run double by freshman Jill Skalski (Cranford, N.J.) along with run-scoring groundouts by Benson and junior Jenni Jackson (Marlboro, Mass.).  Benson and junior Kristina Stella (Revere, Mass.) collected RBI singles in the third to give the hosts an 8-0 cushion, and after the visiting Nighthawks (8-14) plated a run in the top of the fifth on junior Noelle Sass’s (Randolph, Mass.) run-scoring single, the Mustangs closed out the lid-lifter on Hogan’s RBI single in the bottom of the frame.


Benson, Skalski and Stella each had two hits as part of an 11-hit attack in the opener for Mount Ida, as freshman Madeleine Smith (San Diego, Calif.) also rapped out two hits at the plate while allowing an unearned run and fanning three en route to her fourth win of the season inside the circle for the Mustangs.  Sophomore Averi Johnson (Oregon City, Ore.) collected two of Newbury’s six hits in the opener, as sophomore Mallory Stefan (Thornton, Colo.) suffered the setback inside the circle for the visitors.


The Nighthawks jumped out to a 2-0 lead in their first at-bat of the nightcap on RBI singles off the bats of senior Samantha Libby (New Gloucester, Maine) and sophomore Arianna Gooden (Bakersfield, Calif.), but Mount Ida evened matters with single runs in the first two frames on Stella’s sacrifice fly and Jackson’s run scoring groundout.  The Mustangs took the lead for good with a trio of third inning runs that came on a pair of errors and Smith’s RBI single, and the hosts tacked on four more tallies in the fourth on Hogan’s groundout, Stella’s bunt single and a two-run homer off the bat of senior Hayley Microulis (Pawtucket, R.I.), who plated the deciding run in the bottom of the sixth on a fielder’s choice to complete the sweep.


Benson and Microulis each had three hits as part of a 13-hit attack in the nightcap for Mount Ida, which received two hits each from Hogan and Smith.  Freshman Hannah Doherty (Hampton, N.H.) went the distance inside the circle for the Mustangs in the second contest, as she allowed a pair of unearned runs and struck out six to improve to 2-0 on the spring.  Gooden rapped out two of Newbury’s eight hits in the second game, as Stefan also collected a pair of hits at the plate and struck out four in going the distance inside the circle for the Nighthawks once again.


Mount Ida heads to Weston, Mass. on Saturday afternoon to take on Regis in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference doubleheader beginning at Noon, while Newbury hosts Lyndon State in a non-league twinbill on Thursday afternoon in Brookline, Mass. that begins at 3:00 p.m.