April 10, 2010

Bagley wins both ends of NEWMAC twinbill, Lyons twice down Smith

NORTON, MA- Senior Andrea Bagley (Foxboro, MA/Foxboro) yielded one run over 10 innings while picking up both of the Wheaton College softball team's victories against Smith College on Saturday, as the Lyons notched 7-0 and 10-1 wins at Clark Field, with the second contest decided in five frames. The Blue and White snapped a nine-game losing streak in improving to 15-13 overall and 3-7 in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC), while the Pioneers are now 2-19 and 0-12.

During the opener, Bagley carried a no-hitter into the fourth inning, and the Lyons led 5-0 by the second. Bagley finished with a complete-game four-hitter, striking out eight while earning her first win of the spring. Sophomore Amanda Poplaski (North Reading, MA/North Reading) went 3-for-4 with two runs, while six teammates added one hit apiece, including junior Katy Salka (Ayer, MA/Ayer), who had two RBI.

Freshman Tessa Clark (Calais, ME/Calais) took the loss for Smith, allowing four earned runs in six innings on nine hits, walking three without fanning a batter.

Poplaski led off the game with a triple before scoring on junior Kristen Hunt's (Milford, CT/Jonathan Law) bunt single, and the Lyons added four runs in the second. Salka's two-out, two-run single was the big blow, Poplaski added a run-scoring base hit, and junior Marissa Hobocan (Shelton, CT/Saint Joseph) had a sacrifice fly.

Meanwhile, Bagley didn't allow a hit until sophomore Sarah Goodman's (Pittsford, NY/Pittsford Mendon) clean knock to right center on a 3-2 pitch leading off the fourth. Wheaton's offense extended the lead to seven with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth, as freshman Alanna Monahan's (Dorchester, MA/Southfield School) plated the first Lyon before another came around on an error during the play.

In game two, junior Nicole DeRosa (Greenwich, CT/Greenwich Academy) went 3-for-3 with five RBI, two runs and a pair of doubles, while Salka was 2-for-3 with two runs and a pair of RBI. Poplaski scored twice and swiped two bases, and freshman Amanda Drury (Tolland, CT/Tolland) scored two runs. Bagley yielded one run on three hits with two strikeouts in three frames before junior Rachel Merrick (Methuen, MA/Central Catholic) tossed shutout fourth and fifth innings.

For Smith, senior Megan Kiefer (Oak Park, IL/Oak Park and River Forest) went 2-for-2, while classmate Laura Robitzek (Auburn, ME/Saint Dominic Regional) was 2-for-3, as they combined to account for all of the Pioneers' hits. Freshman Abagael Schrader (Tiffin, IA/Clear Creek Amana) suffered the setback, allowing nine earned runs on 11 hits in four innings.

Junior Salma Mehter's (Seattle, WA/Roosevelt) infield single plated Kiefer in the first to give Smith a short-lived lead, as DeRosa drilled a two-run double in the home half that narrowly missed leaving the park, and freshman Megan Roy (North Dighton, MA/Dighton-Rehoboth Regional) added a two-out RBI single.

Three more Lyons scored in the second, all with two down, as Salka struck a two-run double before DeRosa hit a run-scoring single. Wheaton pulled away with a four-run fourth inning, with DeRosa contributing a two-out, two-run double that again just missed clearing the fence. Merrick followed with an RBI double, and the 10th run scored on a Pioneer miscue.

Wheaton turns around and heads to Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) tomorrow for a NEWMAC doubleheader that begins at 12:00 p.m. The contests were originally scheduled for Friday but postponed due to inclement weather.

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