NEWTON, Mass. – The University of Saint Joseph softball team ran its winning streak to nine games Saturday with a sweep of Mount Ida College in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference doubleheader at Alumni Field.
USJ won by scores of 3-0 and 6-1. The Blue Jays improved to 14-4 overall and 4-0 in the GNAC. Mount Ida is 5-11 and 2-4.
Senior Patti Sciglimpaglia ran her streak to 50 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run as she tossed a five-hitter in the opener. She struck out nine and walked one, pitched her fourth shutout of the season and lowered her ERSA to 0.23.
The big hits for the Blue Jays came on a double down the left field line by Sciglimpaglia in the top of the first to score leadoff batter Haley McCall (Lebanon, Conn.), and a two-run single in the third by Isabella Russo (Southington, Conn.) Russo and Emily Vigue (Lebanon, Conn.) has two hits apiece for USJ.
Danielle Circosta (Feeding Hills, Mass.) struck out eight and walked one in improving to 5-2 with a complete-game win in the finale.
St. Joseph took a 2-0 lead with two third-inning runs. Russo was hit by a pitch and Haley McCall (Lebanon, Conn.) hit a ground-rule double. Patti Sciglimpaglia drove home Russo with a ground out and Mary Sciglimpaglia (Norwalk, Conn.) knocked in McCall with a double.
USJ broke the game open with four unearned runs in the top of the seventh. Two Mustang fielding errors allowed a pair of runs to score, and then Kara Klimaszewski (Naugatuck, Conn.) added an RBI single to center field and Morgan Skoly (Vernon, Conn.) drew a bases-loaded walk. McCall and Mary Sciglimpaglia had two-hit games for St. Joseph.
The Blue Jays play Simmons Sunday, April 10 at Central Conn. State Univ. in New Britain in a GNAC doubleheader beginning at noon.