LITTLE RIVER, S.C. - The University of Saint Joseph softball team was handed a pair of losses in its second day of competition at the Fastpitch Dreams Classic on Friday afternoon held at the North Myrtle Beach Sports Complex in Little River, S.C. USJ was topped 14-5 in five innings by fellow GNAC opponent Albertus Magnus in the opener before falling 6-0 to Mt. St. Vincent in the second game of a split doubleheader. The Blue Jays are now 1-2 on the season.
GAME 1 - USJ (5) Albertus Magnus (14)
The Blue Jays pounded out 12 hits as a team, but a 10-run third inning by Albertus Magnus lifted the Falcons to a 14-5 five-inning victory over the Blue Jays in USJ's first game of the day on Friday.
USJ jumped out in front first after plating a pair of runs in the second inning. Freshman Amaria Sharon (Tolland, Conn.) continued to stay hot and got the Blue Jays on the board first with an RBI single that scored sophomore Rachel Dube (Southington, Conn.) to make it 1-0. Two batters later, sophomore Cinthia Vega (Waterbury, Conn.) would bring home Sharon with a RBI single to increase the lead to 2-0.
The Falcons would answer right away though and took the lead after posting four runs in the bottom half of the inning to go up 4-2. Three straight one-out singles loaded the bases before Megan Kelly cleared them with a double to give AMC a 3-2 lead. Brianna Whitfield then followed with a single to bring in Kelly and complete the scoring for the frame.
USJ punched right back with a run in the top of the third to pull within 4-3. Sophomore Morgan Skoly (Vernon, Conn.) led off the inning with a single and then would eventually be driven in by Dube on a sacrifice fly three batters later.
However, Albertus Magnus exploded for 10 runs on 10 hits in the bottom of the third to take control of the game and never looked back en route to a 14-5 victory. Freshmen McKenna Driscoll (Bristol, Conn.) and Taylor Marino (Middlefield, Conn.) each drove in a run for the Blue Jays in the top of the fifth inning, but it was too little too late as the Falcons took the game via the mercy rule at the conclusion of the half inning.
Skoly, Dube and Sharon each recorded multi-hit games in the setback. Dube finished 2-for-2 with an RBI and two runs scored. Sharon also went 2-for-2 with a RBI and a run scored, while Skoly finished 2-for-3 with a run scored.
GAME 2 - USJ (0) Mt. St. Vincent (6)
USJ was held to just four hits in its second game of the afternoon, which they dropped 6-0 to Mt. St. Vincent on Friday. The Dolphins posted a run in the first inning, two in the second and three in the third to go on for the victory.
Mackenzie Heizer provided all of the offensive support the Dolphins would need in the first inning when she drove in Alanna Alioto-Reyes with an RBI single. Alioto-Reyes had led off the inning with a double before advancing to third on a sacrifice bunt and then coming in to score.
Alioto-Reyes accounted for the damage in the second inning with a two-RBI single and a trio of Dolphin RBI singles in the third inning completed the scoring for the 6-0 final.
Skoly highlighted the Blue Jays offensively as she was the lone USJ player to record a multi-hit game. The sophomore finished 2-for-3 at the dish with a pair of singles, while Sharon went 1-for-1 and freshman Megan Ricci (Center Moriches, N.Y.) finished 1-for-2.
Sharon was dealt the loss in the circle to fall to 1-1 on the season. She allowed six earned runs over three innings of work on 13 hits and a walk. Freshman Nathalia Vega (Waterbury, Conn.) was excellent in relief for the Blue Jays spinning the final three frames without surrendering a run.
Alioto-Reyes finished 3-for-5 with a double at the plate with two RBI and a run scored. Mackenzie Heizer and Taylor Wittick also registered three hits in the win for the Dolphins.
The USJ softball team will return to action next on Sunday at the Fastpitch Dreams Classic with a doubleheader against Principia.