Bouthillette goes 6-for-6 with two home runs and eight RBI
NORTON, Mass. – The Wheaton College softball team, ranked No. 20 in the latest National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Top-25 poll, launched six home runs on its way to a conference doubleheader sweep of Smith College on Friday afternoon at Clark Field. The Lyons claimed a 12-0 victory in game one, and a 10-2 win in game two.
Wheaton 12, Smith 0 (Game One, Five Inn.)
Senior Emily Berardi (Boston, Mass./Boston Latin) yielded six hits and zero walks to go along with one strikeout in a complete-game effort against Smith to improve her record to 11-1 on the season.
First-year Rowan Turner (Prairie Village, Kan./Shawnee Mission East) took the loss on four innings pitched, 16 hits, 12 runs (eight earned), no walks and three strikeouts.
The Lyons put up a nine-spot in the bottom of the first inning, which was highlighted by back-to-back home runs from sophomore Caroline Fairbanks (Milford, Mass./Milford) and junior Kelly Welch (Wood Dale, Ill./Fenton).
After sophomore Emily Bouthillette (Lincoln, R.I./Lincoln) ripped a two-run double to left center field, Fairbanks blasted a no-doubter over the right center field fence to give Wheaton a 4-0 advantage. Welch followed with her first home run of the season to left center and the Lyons quickly jumped out to a 5-0 lead less than ten pitches into the matchup.
Junior Erin Deneen (South Yarmouth, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury) added an RBI double to right center and later scored on a wild pitch, while sophomore Rebecca Seifert (Franklin, Mass./Franklin) roped a run-producing single to right field. Bouthillette capped the scoring in the first with a double to left center.
Wheaton put three more runs on the scoreboard in the fourth to wrap up the victory.
Wheaton 10, Smith 2 (Game Two, Five Inn.)
Junior Jillian Rocha (Rehoboth, Mass./Dighton-Rehoboth) picked up the win in relief tossing three shutout innings alongside three hits, no walks and two punchouts. Sophomore starter Danielle Cimino (Cumberland, Maine/Greely) was handed the no-decision on two innings, six hits, two runs (both earned), zero walks and one strikeout.
Smith junior Tori Brown (New Market, Md./Linganore) shouldered the loss on four innings pitched, 14 hits, ten runs (all earned) and one free pass.
In the bottom of the first, Bouthillette put the Blue and White ahead, 2-0, with a towering home run to left field that scored junior Emma Hart (Lincoln, R.I./Lincoln) who led off the frame with an infield single.
The Pioneers countered with two runs in the third as Turner lined an RBI single to left field, while Brown pulled a single through the left side of the infield to drive in junior Joanna Giordano (South Salem, N.Y./John Jay) from third base.
Cimino was then lifted from the ball game for Rocha, who entered the circle with a first and second, no-out situation. Rocha came through for the Lyons inducing two fly outs and a ground out to limit Smith's potential big inning and keep the score at 2-2.
Junior Madeline Hatch (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxboro) responded for Wheaton in the next half inning with a line drive home run to right field, her first of the season, to reclaim the lead at 3-2.
Fairbanks made it 4-2 with a double down the right field line and junior Marissa Timoteo (Jupiter, Fla./Jupiter) punctuated the three-run frame with a triple to deep right center.
The Lyons put the game away in the fourth scoring five runs, on seven hits – including three extra-base hits – no errors and two runners left on base.
Hatch connected on a two-run triple to right field, while Bouthillette walloped a two-run shot to right center and Fairbanks launched a majestic solo home run to left field to account for the scoring in the frame.
Rocha allowed one hit in the ninth with one out, but used a pair of ground outs to complete the sweep over the Pioneers.
Bouthillette went 6-for-6 in the doubleheader with four runs scored, two doubles, two home runs and eight RBI, while Fairbanks was 3-for-6 with three runs, one double, two homers and four RBI.
Wheaton (24-3, 15-0 NEWMAC) hosts Springfield College tomorrow in a conference doubleheader at 12 p.m. The Lyons need one win tomorrow to set the longest winning streak in program history at 19 games. Smith (8-15, 3-10 NEWMAC) travels to Coast Guard tomorrow for a league twin bill at 1:30 p.m.