Wildcats Sweep Corsairs

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The Johnson & Wales University softball swept a non-conference doubleheader against the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth on Thursday afternoon at the Scotts Miracle-Gro Athletics Complex.  The Wildcats captured Game 1 with a 5-4 walk-off victory, while taking the nightcap 9-1 in six innings.

In Game 1, UMass Dartmouth rallied from a 3-0 deficit with four runs in the top of the third inning.  The Corsairs were able to capitalize on a pair of fielding errors to prolong their at-bat.  Freshman Marissa Spinuzzi (Fair Lawn, N.J.) helped the visitors crack the scoring column with a RBI single, while Johnson & Wales was willing to trade a run for a ground out by classmate Chelsea Correia (Bridgewater, Mass./Bridgewater-Raynham).  UMD trimmed its deficit to 3-2 on a Wildcat error and freshman Abby Tremblay(New Bedford, Mass.) gave the Corsairs their first lead of the contest with ground out to the right side of the diamond.

Johnson & Wales evened the ballgame in the bottom of the fifth, when the Wildcats were able to push across a run on a wild pitch. 

UMass Dartmouth placed the go-ahead run in scoring position in the top of the seventh, but the hosts utilized a strikeout to get out of the jam. Johnson & Wales benefited from a Corsair defensive miscue and pushed the game-winning run into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt.  With one out, Emily Goreck delivered the decisive strike to provide the Wildcats with the walk-off victory.

Spinuzzi started for the visitors, but did not factor into the decision.  The Fair Lawn, N.J. product limited Johnson & Wales to three hits, two earned runs, four walks, while striking out three.  Sophomore Shannon Orton (Swansea, Mass./Case) suffered the setback, throwing the final 1.2 innings.

Johnson & Wales 9 UMass Dartmouth 1 - 6 innings

The Wildcats wasted no time getting on the board in Game 2, when Tayla Gardner led off the bottom of the first with a home run.  Johnson & Wales added two more runs in the first to push its lead to 3-0.

UMass Dartmouth opened its scoring in the top of the third, when freshman Ally Santerre (Swansea, Mass.) singled, stole a base and later scored on a Wildcat miscue to make the score 3-1. 

Johnson & Wales tacked on a pair of insurance runs in the bottom fifth, while adding four runs in the sixth to balloon its advantage to 9-1. Freshman Diana Amendolara ended the game with a sac fly to give the hosts' the eight-run lead after the fifth inning. 

UMass Dartmouth will return to action at 1 p.m., when the Corsairs host Plymouth State University in a Little East Conference doubleheader.