CHICOPEE, Mass. – The University of Saint Joseph softball team banged out 32 hits in 12 innings as the Blue Jays swept Elms College 10-2 and 16-7 Tuesday in a non-conference doubleheader at Condon Field.
USJ played for the first time since its spring training trip to Florida and improved to 8-4 on the season. Elms is 5-9. The second game was shorted to five innings by the NCAA mercy rule.
Ten different players scored runs for USJ in the opener, 11 players had hits in the second game and a half dozen Blue Jays had at least three hits on the day. Ashley Rzeszewski (Eynon, Pa.) hit the team's first home run of the season in the first game and Mary Sciglimpaglia (Norwalk, Conn.) homered in the late game.
Patti Sciglimpaglia (Norwalk, Conn.) improved to 6-0 on the mound and lowered her ERA to 0.33 with a complete game win in the opener. She allowed five hits, no walks and struck out nine. The two runs Elms scored were unearned and Sciglimpaglia has not allowed an earned run in her last 32 innings.
Mary Sciglimpaglia and Emily Vigue had two-run singles in a four-run first inning and USJ never trailed. Patti Sciglimapaglia had three hits and Rzeszewski put an exclamation mark on the scoring, plating the final three runs of the day with a seventh-inning homer to left field.
The Blue Jays had another big first inning in the second game as seven of the first eight batters all reached and scored. Haley McCall (Lebanon, Conn.) and Sarah Ercoli (Watertown, Conn.) singled to start the game and Mary Sciglimpaglia hit a one-out homer. The lead grew to 8-0 after a half inning and 13-0 in the second. McCall had a single, double, RBI and two runs scored in just the first inning.
Ercoli went 4-for-5 for USJ. Danielle Circosta (Feeding Hills, Mass.) allowed one earned run in four innings to earn the win. Mary Sciglimpaglia finished the day with six RBI and Rzeszewski drove in five. Patti Sciglimpaglia and Skoly each had four hits on the day.
USJ is off until its home opener, Tuesday, March 29 against Bay Path in a 3 p.m. doubleheader.