KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Junior Megan Roy (North Dighton, Mass./Dighton Rehoboth Regional) drove in all three runs for the Wheaton College softball team, which dropped a 4-3 decision to Utica College in non-conference action Monday afternoon at the Rebel Spring Games.
Trailing 4-0 entering the sixth, the Lyons loaded the bases on a pair of errors and an HBP. Roy made the Pioneers pay for their mistakes with a bases-clearing double down the left field line that plated sophomore Jenna Rocha (Rehoboth, Mass./Dighton Rehoboth Regional), senior Alanna Monahan (Dorchester, Mass./Southfield School), and junior Renee Laflam (Concord, N.H./Concord).
In the seventh, the Lyons got the tying run on base with one out when Rocha reached base on the Pioneers fourth error of the afternoon. Monahan popped out to the catcher attempting to move Rocha to second for the second out, and Laflam went down swinging to end the game.
The Pioneers scored twice in the first and third innings to build a 4-0 lead. Junior Mallory Ingalls (Oriskany, N.Y./Oriskany) and sophomore Kristie Jones (Brewerton, N.Y./Paul V Moore) each recorded RBI singles in the opening frame to give Utica a 2-0 lead. In the third, an RBI double by junior Bridgette Plummer (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Schuylerville) and an RBI single by classmate Dominique Carcone (Frankfort, N.Y./New Hartford) doubled the Pioneers lead.
Sophomore Allison Baker (Orange, Conn./Amity Regional) tossed the first three innings for the Lyons and allowed six hits and four runs (three earned) with one walk and one strikeout. Freshman Noelle Christmas (Plymouth, Mass./Plymouth South) came on in relief in the fourth and worked three scoreless innings. Freshman Emily Berardi (Boston, Mass./Boston Latin School) recorded two of the Lyons five hits.
Senior Heather Kingsbury (Williamson, N.Y./Williamson) picked up the win for the Pioneers, allowing four hits and three runs (one earned) in five innings. Plummer, Jones and Carcone each recorded two hits.
Wheaton (0-4) returns to action tomorrow with games against Otterbein and Skidmore at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., respectively, while Utica faces Farmingdale State at 1 p.m. and Framingham State at 3 p.m.