NASHUA, N.H. – The University of Saint Joseph got back in the win column Wednesday as the Blue Jays swept Rivier 6-1 and 8-0 in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference doubleheader at Raider Field.
USJ improved to 22-6 overall and remained in first place in the GNAC at 12-2. The Blue Jays were coming off a doubleheader loss to St. Joseph's of Maine, which had ended a school-record 15-game winning streak. Rivier is 8-16 and 3-11.
Sarah Ercoli (Plainville, Conn.) had two hits and two RBI in the opener and Patti Sciglimpaglia (Norwalk, Conn.) homered and pitched a complete game for the Blue Jays. Sciglimpaglia hit a solo homer in the first inning to give USJ and early lead, which remained the only run until the fifth when Ercoli scored on a sacrifice fly by Mary Sciglimpaglia (Norwalk, Conn.) In the sixth, Morgan Skoly (Vernon, Conn.) had an RBI-single and Ercoli singled home two more and Emily Vigue had an RBI-double in the seventh.
Patti Sciglimpaglia allowed three hits, struck out eight, walked one and had two hits on the game. Tucker, Vigue and Rachel Dube (Southington, Conn.) also all had two hits for USJ.
In the second game, USJ scored three times in the third and five in the fifth as the game was stopped after six innings due to the NCAA mercy rule. Ercoli had two hits and drove in three and Dube and Ashley Rzeszewski (Eynon, Penn.) each had two hits and two runs scored.
Ercoli had an RBI-single and Patti Sciglimpaglia a two-run single to start the scoring in the third. The Blue Jays used five hits, a walk and an error in the sixth to put the game away. Ercoli capped the scoring with a two-run single after Dube, Rzeszewski and Skoly all drove in runs with hits.
Starter Danielle Circosta (Feeding Hills, Mass.) went three scoreless innings on the mound and Vigue finished with three hitless innings.
USJ next plays a single non-conference game Thursday, April 21 at 5 p.m.