BOSTON, Mass. – The University of Saint Joseph softball team retained first place in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference as the Blue Jays split a conference doubleheader against Suffolk Saturday at Memorial Park.
USJ won the opener 3-1 before Suffolk earned a split with a 6-5 second-game victory. USJ is 23-7 overall and 13-3 in the GNAC. Suffolk is also 23-7 and its 12-4 GNAC record is tied for second with Johnson & Wales, just a game behind USJ.
In the opener, Patti Sciglimpaglia (Norwalk, Conn.) won her 14th game of the season and also hit her sixth homer of the season, which tied a single-season school record.
Rachel Dube (Southington, Conn.) had an RBI-single to score Sarah Ercoli (Plainville, Conn.) from second in the first inning to stake USJ to a 1-0 lead. Ercoli led off the third with a bunt single and came in on Sciglimpaglia's two-run homer. Her sixth of the season tied Ashley Gall who hit six in 2013.
Dube and Morgan Skoly each had two hits for USJ. Sciglimpaglia allowed three hits, two walks, an unearned run and struck out nine.
Patti Sciglimpaglia had three hits, two RBI and scored twice in the second game while Mary Sciglimpaglia (Norwalk, Conn.) and Kara Klimaszewski (Naugatuck, Conn.) had two hits apiece. The Rams ultimately won the game when Jill Pulek (Cheshire, Conn.) singled home Karina Miranda (Springfield, Mass.) from second in the bottom of the seventh inning to break a 5-5 tie. USJ had leads of 1-0, 3-1 and 4-2, but needed an RBI-double from Patti Sciglimpaglia in the top of the seventh to pull USJ even at 5-5.
USJ hosts Norwich Sunday April 24 in a GNAC doubleheader beginning at noon.