Kissimmee, FL --- Senior Kristin Gallagher (Coventry, RI) had a hand in five runs, including both seventh inning tallies, in a 7-5 win over St. Joseph's (ME) before the No. 12 WPI Softball team fell to No. 2 St. John Fisher 10-0 Monday at the Citrus Games.
The first game was tied at five going in to the seventh. The Engineers (3-1) went ahead on a miscue put into play by Gallagher, who came home thanks to a triple by junior Natalie Fabrizio (Hampstead, NH). The final four batters of the game went down in order.
The Monks scored the first run in the second. St. Joseph's doubled their total in the third and tied it late with three in the sixth.
WPI pushed four across in response to the initial run. Junior Ama Biney (Worcester, MA) evened the game with an RBI hit to center. Gallagher then cleared a pair of runners off the base paths with a 2-RBI triple and Fabrizio helped Gallagher score with an infield sacrifice fly. Fabrizio collected another sacrifice fly in the fifth.
Gurska and junior Nina Murphy-Cook (Roseville, CA) each logged a pair of hits while Gallagher and Fabrizio each tripled. Cook, Freshman Cassie Graca (Somerset, MA) and Gurska also swiped one bag apiece. Freshman Mackenzie Phillips (Gill, MA) started and finished the game to earn the save as junior Casey Arpin (Uxbridge, MA) picked up the win. The duo combined for 11 strikeouts, including nine from the rookie.
Junior Katie Chagami (Waipahu, HI) and senior Hope Shevchuk (Burlington, MA) were the only Engineers to get a hit off returning All-American Lindsey Thayer in the second game. Biney drew a pair of walks. Junior Kelsey Saucier (Worcester, MA) absorbed the loss while Arpin faced seven batters.
After an off day, the Engineers return to action Wednesday at 1:15pm in a rematch with Simmons and then take on Meredith (NC) at 3:30pm.