NAPLES, Fla. – University of Saint Joseph senior Patti Sciglimpaglia (Norwalk, Conn.) threw a three-hit shutout and was backed by a 12-hit attack as the USJ softball team defeated Minnesota-Morris 7-0 Wednesday at the North Collier Regional Park.
USJ dropped a 7-3 game to UMass-Dartmouth later in the day. With two games remaining on its annual spring training trip, USJ is 5-3.
Sciglimpaglia (4-0, 0.50 ERA) allowed three singles, no walks, struck out six and faced only 23 batters. Isabella Russo (Southington, Conn.) had three hits and two RBI to lead the offense.
USJ got on the board in the bottom of the first inning. Russo led off with a single to right, took second on an error and scored on a double to left field by Mary Sciglimpaglia (Norwalk, Conn.) The Blue Jays piled on five more runs in the fourth inning. Rachel Dube (Southington, Conn.) had an RBI-single to put USJ up 2-0 and Danielle Circosta (Feeding Hills, Mass.) and Sarah Ercoli (Watertown, Conn.) had two-run singles later in the rally. St. Joseph tacked on the final run in the fifth on a double steal. Morgan Skoly (Vernon, Conn.) nabbed second and Ashley Tucker (Middletown, Conn.) came in from third on the back end when the throw went through to second.
Mary Sciglimpaglia (2-for-4, 1 RBI) was the only USJ player with more than one hit against UMass-Dartmouth (9-1). The Blue Jays fell behind early as UMass-Dartmouth scored five runs with two out in the top of the first. The Blue Jays got two back on the bottom of the first as Ercoli scored on a wild pitch and Patti Sciglimpaglia scored on an infield error. USJ got its final run in the third when Ercoli, Patti Sciglimpaglia and Mary Sciglimpaglia strung together consecutive one-out singles.
USJ plays its final two games of the trip Thursday, March 16 when it takes on Curry (11 a.m.) and Wisconsin-Superior (1 p.m.) in Fort Myers.