NORTHBOROUGH, Mass. – The hot start by the University of Saint Joseph softball team continued Wednesday night as it began play in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference.
USJ swept Anna Maria 9-0 and 8-0 in a doubleheader as both teams began GNAC play at the New England baseball Complex. The first game was shorted to six innings by the NCAA mercy rule and the second game ended after five innings. The Blue Jays have won seven games in a row and improved to 12-4 overall; Anna Maria is 2-13.
Patti Sciglimpaglia (Norwalk, Conn.) and Danielle Circosta (Feeding Hills, Mass.) each threw complete game shutouts. Sciglimpaglia struck out 11 and allowed two hits and two walks in improving to 8-0 on the season. She ran her streak to 43 innings without allowing an earned run and lowered her ERA to 0.26, which is third in the country among Division-III pitchers.
Sciglimpaglia also stayed hot at the plate and went 5-for-7 on the day with three runs scored and four RBI. She hit a triple and home run in the second game. Mary Sciglimpaglia (Norwalk, Conn.) and Sarah Ercoli (Watertown, Conn.) each went 4-for-7 with three runs scored between the two games with Mary Sciglimpaglia driving in three runs on the day.
USJ went up 1-0 in the third inning of the first game on a double from Ercoli and single from Patti Sciglimpaglia. USJ piled on six runs in the fifth inning and two more in the sixth. Emily Vigue (Lebanon, Conn.) and Ashley Tucker (Middletown, Conn.) each had two hits for USJ in the opener and Isabella Russo (Southington, Conn.) drove in three runs.
The Blue Jays started quicker in the second game with three runs in each of the first two innings. Patti Sciglimpaglia had an RBI-triple and Mary Sciglimpaglia and Circosta had RBI-singles in the first; Mary Sciglimpaglia drove in two with a double and Tucker one with a single in the second. Russo added an RBI-single in the third and Patti Sciglimpaglia homered in the fourth.
USJ next plays Saturday, April 6 at Mount Ida in a GNAC doubleheader beginning at noon.