Lyons defeat Becker College 6-0 in rain-shortened contest
NORTON, Mass. – The first-seeded Wheaton College softball team provided fifth-year head coach Rachael Powers '03 with her 100th career win on Thursday evening at Clark Field as the Lyons downed eighth-seeded Becker College, 6-0 (six innings), in the first round of the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Softball Tournament.
Powers improves to 100-98 overall at the helm of the Wheaton College softball team becoming just the second coach in program history to amass 100 wins. Powers has compiled three 20-win seasons including a career-high 26 victories in 2013.
The Lyons (26-16) will take on fourth-seeded Western New England University (27-18) in the double elimination semifinal round of the tournament on Saturday, May 11 at 11 a.m. The winner between seventh-seeded Worcester State (24-17) and third-seeded Keene State (22-16) will play the winner of Wheaton/Western New England at 3 p.m. The losers from game one and two will play at 1 p.m.
Sophomore Emily Berardi (Boston, Mass./Boston Latin) bumped her record to 7-4 overall on the season on five innings pitched, two hits, one walk and two strikeouts. Berardi no-hit the Hawks through four complete before sophomore Megan Cordon (Watertown, Conn./Watertown) roped a leadoff single to left-center field. Play was then halted for approximately 45 minutes due to a lightning and rain delay. Once play resumed, Berardi finished the contest giving up one hit, a walk and also struck out one batter to earn her third shutout of the season.
Freshman Kelsey Norberg (Uxbridge, Mass./Uxbridge) took the loss over five innings of work, eight hits, six runs (all earned), three walks and two punchouts.
Wheaton jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first as freshman second baseman Erin Deneen (Framingham, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury) launched her first-career home run to right field scoring classmate Emma Hart (Lincoln, R.I./Lincoln) who doubled to lead off the frame.
In the third, freshman Kelly Welch (Wood Dale, Ill./Fenton) added a run-producing double to center, classmate Madeline Hatch (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxboro) ripped an RBI single through the left side of the infield and Hart capped the scoring with a two-run base knock to left field.
Becker sophomore second baseman Lauren Lavalle (Milbury, Mass./Milbury) worked a leadoff walk in the sixth but the contest was called due to inclement weather. The Hawks season comes to a close at 22-15 overall.