Softball Splits NEWMAC Opener at WPI

Softball Splits NEWMAC Opener at WPI

WORCESTER, Mass. – Both the Wheaton College and WPI softball teams used four-run innings to win one game of their New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) double-header on Saturday afternoon. The Engineers won the opening game 5-1, before Wheaton won the second 7-5. 

The Lyons move to 7-5 on the season and 1-1 in the NEWMAC, while the Engineers are now 11-3 overall (1-1 NEWMAC). 

It took three and a half innings before either side managed to score, with the home team opening the game with a four-run outburst. 

Wheaton got a run back in the top of the fifth courtesy of a home run to right by senior Madeline Hatch

WPI responded in the bottom half of the inning with a solo home run of its own, making it a 5-1 contest. 

Danielle Cimino moves to 2-2 on the season following a four-inning start, while Jillian Rocha surrendered just one hit in two innings of work. 

Clare Doolin picked up her fifth win of the year for the Engineers after five innings of action. 

WPI opened the scoring in the bottom half of the first with an in the park homerun to center field by Nina Murphy-Cook. The Engineers picked up one more run before the Lyons could get out of the inning. 

Wheaton captured a 3-2 lead in the top of the third, starting with some help from WPI. Hatch came across to score the first run for Wheaton after a passed ball by the Engineers. Kelly Welch came followed that up with a double down the right field line, allowing Mary DeMoura and Emma Hart to score. 

WPI recaptured the lead in the fifth after plating two runs. Down 4-3, Hart and DeMoura connected on back-to-back RBI doubles to left center before Welch drilled a two-run homer to center field. 

WPI managed three hits in the bottom half of the seventh but could only get one more runner across home. 

Cimino picked up the win in game two after 2.2 innings of work. Kelsey Saucier suffered the loss for WPI after 5.1 innings.

The Lyons return to action on Tuesday, March 29 for their home opener. They will take on Williams in a double-header with game one set for 3 p.m.