NEW HAVEN, Conn. — The University of Saint Joseph (USJ) softball team could not wait to get back on the field, and it showed Sunday, defeating Bay Path University (BPU) twice in an afternoon doubleheader at the Shea Softball Complex, on the campus of Albertus Magnus College.
The Blue Jays (7-7) have won three straight games, while the Wildcats (2-4) have dropped their last four. USJ pitching has allowed just two runs over the past 19 innings.
In game one, the Blue Jays capitalized on some mistakes, scoring two runs in the third, and never giving up the lead, defeating the Wildcats 4-0.
Junior pitcher Amaria Sharon (Tolland, Conn.) picked up another win (3-1), and another complete game, her second of the year, allowing just five hits in seven innings. She also struck out three. Senior third baseman Kara Klimaszewski (Naugatuck, Conn.) led the way in the batters' box, going 2-for-4 with an RBI single. Junior center fielder Jai Ruiz (Hadley, Mass.) finished 1-for-2 with a single and a stolen base for the Wildcats. Junior pitcher Madison Goodhart (Pawtucket, R.I.) took the loss, allowing two earned runs on seven hits in six innings. Five BPU errors led to the other two runs.
After a neck and neck pitching battle through two innings, USJ picked up the pace in the third, as Klimaszewski's RBI single made it 2-0. Sharon did what she does best; shut down batter after batter, finishing with four one-two-three innings, including the seventh.
In game two, the Blue Jays poured it on offensively, scoring four runs in the first inning, equaling their total from game one. With five extra-base hits, and the best start of the season from sophomore pitcher Alessandra Milardo (Plantsville, Conn.), USJ took care of business 9-0 in five innings.
Milardo (1-4) struck out a season-high seven batters (one off her career high), allowing only two hits through five complete. Goodhart (1-3) had her work cut out for her, pitching in a back-to-back, allowing nine earned runs and striking out two. It hasn't taken long for freshman first baseman Frankie Ferrante (Southington, Conn.) to make her presence known, as she went a perfect 3-for-3 with a triple and two doubles. She drove in two and scored three herself. Senior center fielder Morgan Skoly (Vernon, Conn.) was also perfect on the game (2-2, 2 1B, 2 R, 2 RBI), as was Sharon (2-2, 1B, 2B, BB). Sophomore first baseman Taylor Feraco (Oxford, Mass.) and junior right fielder Marissa Sarna-McCarthy (Westhampton, Mass.) had the only two hits for the Wildcats.
USJ scored four runs in the first and four in the third to take a commanding 8-0 lead. Six Blue Jay runs were scored on RBI singles. Ferrante drove in the first two with an RBI triple, then scored the last run in the fourth to make it 9-0. The mercy rule was in effect, and the game was called after five innings.
USJ will host Sarah Lawrence (NY) in a doubleheader Wednesday, March 27, at 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. The games will be held at the CCSU Softball Field, on the campus of Central Connecticut State University, in New Britain, Conn. Bay Path plays a doubleheader this Saturday, March 30, at 12:00 and 2:00 p.m at Eastern Nazarene (MA).