BOSTON, Mass. – The University of Saint Joseph softball team had a successful season come to a close Saturday with two losses at the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Tournament.
The Blue Jays finished 27-12 overall and were one of the final four teams left in the tournament. USJ lost to Johnson & Wales 6-3 in 10 innings and came back to defeat Norwich 6-1 in an elimination game before being knocked out with a 7-2 loss to Suffolk.
USJ had trailed against JWU 2-1 in the fourth inning Friday at home before the game was suspended due to rain and completed Saturday at Robert Clemente Field. It was 3-1 JWU when USJ rallied to tie the score in the bottom of the fifth. Morgan Skoly (Vernon, Conn.) had a bunt single, Patti Sciglimpaglia (Norwalk, Conn.) had an RBI-double and Mary Sciglimpaglia (Norwalk, Conn.) an RBI-single to even things at 3. The game was ultimately decided when Emily Gorecki (Bremerton, Wash.) hit a three-run homer for JWU in the top of the 10th inning.
Patti Sciglimpaglia pitched all 19.1 innings on the day for the Blue Jays. Her complete-game win over Norwich was the final pitching victory of her career – number 52 – and broke the previous school record she had shared with Mary Ann Parsons, who won 51 games from 1999-2001. Her fourth-inning RBI-single was her 61st hit of the season, passing the previous record of 60, set by Val Gasparino in 2001 and Patti added one more in the final game for 62 on the season.
The Blue Jays went up 2-0 in the first inning when Mary Sciglimpaglia had a two-run single and Patti Sciglimpaglia scored on a wild pitch to make it 3-0 in the third. It was 3-1 in the fourth when Patti's record-setting hit scored Skoly from second to put USJ up 4-1. USJ added its final two runs in the seventh on RBI-singles from Ashley Tucker (Middletown, Conn.) and Skoly.
In the finale, Suffolk's Jill Pulek (Cheshire, Conn.) went 4-for-4 with a homer, three runs scored and three RBI. USJ seniors Mary Sciglimpaglia and Emily Vigue (Lebanon, Conn.) had two hits apiece in their final game. Mary Sciglimpaglia hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning in her final collegiate at bat.