No. 21 Softball Tops Wellesley In Game One; Game Two Halted Due To Darkness

No. 21 Softball Tops Wellesley In Game One; Game Two Halted Due To Darkness

Lyons now 18-3 overall, 11-0 NEWMAC

WELLESLEY, Mass. – The Wheaton College softball team, ranked No. 21 in the latest National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Top-25 poll, defeated Wellesley College, 8-0, in game one of its doubleheader before game two was suspended due to darkness with the scored tied at 6-6 after nine full innings of play.

Wheaton 8, Wellesley 0 (5 inn.)

Senior Emily Berardi (Boston, Mass./Boston Latin) won her ninth-straight decision (9-1) on four innings pitched, five hits, no runs, zero walks and two strikeouts. Classmate Noelle Christmas (Plymouth, Mass./Plymouth South) wrapped up the final frame with a ground out and a double play on a line out (1-3).

Wellesley first-year Madeline Bianchi (Lakeville, Minn./Lakeville South) took the loss over 3 1/3 innings of work, ten hits, seven runs (all earned), two walks and two strikeouts.

Wheaton scored three runs in the top of the second inning before adding five runs in the top of the fourth for the eventual mercy rule victory in game one.

After a scoreless first inning, junior Marissa Timoteo (Jupiter, Fla./Jupiter) led off the second with a home run, her second of the season, that bounced off the top of the left field fence for an early 1-0 lead.

Classmate Kelly Welch (Wood Dale, Ill./Fenton) followed with an infield single before she advanced to second on a passed ball and moved to third on a fly out to center by junior Erin Deneen (South Yarmouth, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury). Welch scored on the next batter when sophomore Mary DeMoura (Boston, Mass./Boston Latin) ripped a single to left. DeMoura eventually came around to score the third run of the inning on an RBI single by classmate Rebecca Seifert (Franklin, Mass./Franklin) two batters later.

The Lyons put the game away in the top of the fourth inning, scoring five runs on six hits, including a two-run double from Seifert that scored junior Emma Hart (Lincoln, R.I./Lincoln) and Deneen. Hart reached base thanks to an RBI single earlier in the frame.

Following Seifert's double, Bianchi gave way to classmate Julia Warner (Kenmore, Wa./Bothell) before the Lyons tacked on the final two runs of the game, as sophomore Emily Bouthillete (Lincoln, R.I./Lincoln) plated Seifert with a double before sophomore Morgan Walsh (Norwell, Mass./Norwell) brought Bouthillete around.

Wheaton 6, Wellesley 6 (End 9th)

Game two opened with three consecutive scoreless frames before Wheaton jumped out to a 4-0 advantage thanks to a run in the fourth and three in the top of the fifth.

In the fourth, Madeline Hatch (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxboro) began the inning with a bunt single toward third base before scoring on a double from Walsh.

The Lyons then scored three runs on six hits in the fourth, with the big fly coming off the bat of Hatch, as the junior launched a two-run home run down the right field line to give Wheaton a 4-0 lead. Wheaton also added a run earlier in the inning when Deneen and DeMoura opened the frame with back-to-back doubles.

The Blue finally broke through in the bottom of the sixth inning, scoring their first run of the day when senior Abby Casey (Milford, Conn./Lauralton Hill) scored on a fielder's choice RBI by classmate Maria LaBouyer (Yuba City, Calif./Yuba City). However, the game moved to the seventh inning with Wellesley still trailing 4-1.

Warner surrendered only a two-out single in the top of the seventh as the game moved to the home half of the inning with Wheaton still holding a three-run advantage. Junior Carly Bresee (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif./Tesoro) opened the inning with a single before she advanced to second on a passed ball. Bresee was then replaced on the base paths by Warner. Warner made her way to third on a wild pitch before Jaclyn Tsang (Manalapan, N.J./Manalapan) gave the Blue runners on the corners with one out after being hit by a pitch.

Casey then stepped to the dish and delivered a single to right field to score Warner and cut the deficit to 4-2. Sophomore Ashtyn Coleman (Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral) then followed with a single of her own, and moved up to second when the throw to home plate sailed high after Tsang came across for the third Wellesley run.

First-year Amanda Manning (Durham, Calif./Chico) followed with a one-out walk to load the bases for LaBoyer. An infield fly from LaBoyer set Wellesley down to its final out before Kendra Coleman (Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral) reached first on an error by the shortstop, that allowed Casey to score before Hart, backing up the play at short, cut down A. Coleman at third with a strike from center field.

With the international tiebreaker rule in place and a runner on second to open the top of the eighth, Wheaton took advantage, bringing Seifert around to score on fielder's choice RBI from Deneen after Seifert had advanced to third on a passed ball. The Blue matched in the bottom half of the inning, when Emilyrose Havrilla (Caldwell, N.J./Mount St. Dominic Academy) singled to center to score K. Coleman after she had also been placed on second.

In the ninth, the teams once again matched run for run, as Wheaton plated DeMoura on an RBI single from Hatch and Wellesley brought across Anna Pisac (Snohomish, Wa./Snohomish) thanks to a run-producing double from Casey. With little separating the two sides in extra innings, the game was halted at the end of the ninth due to darkness.

Wheaton (18-3, 11-0 NEWMAC) will travel to MIT for a NEWMAC doubleheader tomorrow at 12:00 PM. Wellesley will return to action tomorrow with a NEWMAC doubleheader at WPI. The start time for game one, originally set for 12:00 PM, has been moved back to 1:00 PM.

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