WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – The University of Saint Joseph softball team ran its school-record winning streak to 15 games Saturday with a sweep of visiting Lasell in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference doubleheader.
The Blue Jays won 8-0 in five innings and 6-0. USJ improved to 20-4 overall and leads the GNAC at 10-0; Lasell is 5-15 and 2-8.
USJ senior Patti Sciglimpaglia (Norwalk, Conn.) added three more career records to her growing list: most doubles and most RBI with the bat and most shutouts pitching. Her two doubles on the day gave her 44 and her five RBI put her at 115, surpassing Ashley Gall who had 43 doubles and 112 RBI from 2011-14. She also pitched her ninth career shutout to pass the eight of Sarah Dudley from 2008-2010.
Sciglimpaglia went 4-for-5 in the two games and also homered. She pitched a one-hitter in the opener to go to 12-0 on the mound with 12 complete-game wins.
USJ scored two runs in the first inning of the first game and six times in the second. Morgan Skoly (Vernon, Conn.) and Sarah Ercoli (Plainville, Conn.) walked to start the first and both scored. Ashley Tucker (Middletown, Conn.) homered to lead off the second and Patti Sciglimpaglia capped the scoring in the inning with a three-run homer, her team-leading fourth of the season.
The game was shorted to five innings due to the NCAA mercy rule and Sciglimpaglia took a perfect game into the fifth. Tessa Beane (Swampscott, Mass.) singled to left center with one out and was the only Lasell batter to reach. Sciglimpaglia struck out seven.
Danielle Circosta (Feeding Hills, Mass.) pitched a four-hitter to improve to 8-2 on the season and earn the shutout in the late game.
Mary Sciglimpaglia had a two-run single in the first inning for USJ and an RBI double in the third to help USJ to a 3-0 lead. Patti Sciglimpaglia had an RBI-double in the fourth and Isabellla Russo (Southington, Conn.) had a two-run single in the fifth to complete the scoring. Both Sciglimpaglia twins, Skoly, Tucker and Kara Klimaszewski (Naugatuck, Conn.) each had two hits for the Blue Jays.
USJ plays at St. Joseph's College of Maine Sunday, April 17 in a GNAC doubleheader at noon. Lasell is at Mount Ida next, also in a conference doubleheader Sunday at noon.