Deneen goes 5-for-5 with four runs, one double and one RBI
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. – The Wheaton College softball team erupted for 22 runs in a pair of non-conference victories over Husson University and Skidmore College on Monday afternoon at the Rebel Spring Games. Wheaton defeated Husson University, 12-5, in its first game and bested Skidmore by a score of 10-1 in five innings to secure its second sweep on its spring break trip.
Wheaton 12, Husson 5
Junior Noelle Christmas (Plymouth, Mass./Plymouth South) earned her second victory of the season on five innings pitched, nine hits, five runs (four earned), one walk and two strikeouts. Sophomore Jillian Rocha (Rehoboth, Mass./Dighton-Rehoboth) hurled two scoreless innings out of the bullpen and also struck out the side to close out the game in the seventh.
The Lyons jumped out to a 5-0 lead after the first inning of play as junior Emily Berardi (Boston, Mass./Boston Latin) smacked a two-run single to center, while sophomore Erin Deneen (Framingham, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury) had an RBI single and senior Ashley Vertente (Fairhaven, Mass./Fairhaven) notched a run-producing double to highlight the scoring.
In the second, sophomore Madeline Hatch (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxboro) drilled an RBI single to left field and Berardi eventually plated Hatch with a double to center field to bump Wheaton's advantage to 7-0.
The Eagles responded with four runs in the fourth and another run in the fifth to cut into their deficit at 7-5, but sophomore Marissa Timoteo (Jupiter, Fla./Jupiter) dashed any chance of a comeback bid with a solo homer to left field to reclaim a three-run lead. Wheaton never looked back after Timoteo's home run scoring three more runs in the bottom of the sixth to wrap up the game.
Wheaton 10, Skidmore 1 (five innings)
Senior Allison Baker (Orange, Conn./Amity Regional) improved to 3-0 on the season going five innings, yielding just two hits, zero runs, no walks, while collecting a game-high five strikeouts. Freshman Galen Kerr (Concord, Mass./Concord-Carlisle) pitched the final two innings giving up three hits, one run (earned), no walks and struck out three batters in her collegiate debut.
Berardi picked up her fourth and fifth RBIs on the day as she singled home senior Jenna Rocha (Rehoboth, Mass./Dighton-Rehoboth) and Hatch in the first. After Hatch registered a run-producing single to right-center in the second, freshman Morgan Walsh (Norwell, Mass./Norwell) had an RBI triple in Wheaton's six-run third inning, while sophomore Emma Hart (Lincoln, R.I./Lincoln) punched home a run with a single to left field and Je. Rocha plated a pair of runners down the left field line to spotlight the scoring in the third.
The Lyons eventually forced the mercy rule in the fifth as freshman Danielle Cimino (Cumberland, Maine/Greely) plated Christmas with a sacrifice fly to left field.
Wheaton (5-1) enjoys an off day tomorrow before it returns to action on March 12 against Waynesburg at 9:00 a.m. and Geneva at 1:00 p.m.