NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The University of Saint Joseph softball team snapped its eight-game winning streak as they were swept in a GNAC doubleheader on the road by the Albertus Magnus College Falcons at Celentano Field on Wednesday afternoon. AMC won game one 6-2 before completing the sweep and taking game two by a score of 3-1. With the losses the Blue Jays drop to 11-7 overall on the season and 6-2 in league play. AMC moves up to 18-6 overall and 7-1 in the GNAC.
GAME 1 - USJ 2, AMC 6
The Falcons used three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to pull away from the Blue Jays for a 6-2 victory in the opening game of a doubleheader on Wednesday.
Albertus put the pressure on USJ's winning streak right away and jumped out to an early 3-0 lead with three runs in the third inning. After two scoreless innings, the Falcons struck first scoring three runs on four hits to take the 3-0 advantage. Aliza Espozito (East Haven, Conn.) led off the inning with a single before Megan Kelly (Bronx, N.Y.) drove in Esposito as well as scored to put the Falcons up 2-0. With one out, Melissa Castillo (Taftville, Conn.) continued the rally with an RBI single to drive in Gillian Fortier (Naugatuck, Conn.) and make it 3-0.
USJ would cut the lead to 3-2 though with a run in the fifth and a run in the sixth. In the fifth, sophomore Morgan Skoly (Vernon, Conn.) led off the frame with a single before coming around to score on a RBI single from junior Sarah Ercoli (East Granby, Conn.). Then in the sixth the Blue Jays made it a one run game after freshman Megan Ricci (Center Moriches, N.Y.) drove in sophomore Kara Klimaszewski (Naugatuck, Conn.) with a RBI sacrifice fly.
The Falcons would tack on three insurance runs however, in the bottom of the sixth to secure a 6-2 win in game one. Maxine Sanchez (Corona, N.Y.) singled in the first run before a two-RBI triple by Kelly provided the knockout blow to account for the 6-2 final.
Freshman Amaria Sharon (Tolland, Conn.) started, pitched a complete game and took the loss for the Blue Jays in the circle. She allowed six runs on nine hits and walked one, while striking out a pair of Falcons.
Freshman McKenna Driscoll (Bristol, Conn.) had a multi-hit game in game one finishing 2-for-3 at the plate. Ercoli and Ricci each recorded a hit and a RBI.
GAME 2 - USJ 1, AMC 3
Albertus Magnus held the Blue Jays to just three hits in game two to take the second game by a score of 3-1 and complete the sweep on Wednesday.
AMC pushed across a run in the third, fourth and fifth innings to build a 3-0 advantage over USJ. Rachel Cataudella (Shelton, Conn.) doubled to lead off the third and then scored on a RBI fielder's choice from Brianna Whitfield (West Slip, N.Y.) to score the first run of the game.
The Falcons then doubled their lead and made it 2-0 after a RBI double by Sanchez. They would then extend their lead to 3-0 the following inning. With runners on the corners, a USJ throwing error attempting to try and cut down a stolen base attempt at second allowed Cataudella to trot home from third and make it 3-0.
USJ attempted to rally in the seventh and with two outs Klimaszewski laced a single to drive in Sharon and cut the deficit to 3-1, but that would be the only run they could muster over the course of the game.
Sharon was dealt the loss inside the circle once again for the Blue Jays. She spun a complete game tossing six innings, while allowing three runs (two earned) on seven hits. She struck out three without issuing a walk.
Klimaszewski, Driscoll and freshman Brianna Barfield (North Attleboro, Mass.) logged the three hits for USJ in the game, all singles.
The USJ softball team will be back in action next tomorrow when they host Mitchell College with a doubleheader slated to begin at 3 p.m. on the USJ Softball Field.