Fekete Stars as Softball Wraps Up Spring Break Trip with a Sweep

Juliana Fekete

Fort Myers, FL -- Junior Juliana Fekete (Belgrade, ME) went 6-for-6 and reached base in all eight plate appearances while knocking in five Engineer teammates to help WPI sweep a pair of games at the Lee County Sports Complex on the final day of its Florida trip.  

Fekete recorded four hits and Christa Coscia (Lakeville, MA) pitched her first complete game shutout of the season to lead the Crimson and Grey to a 9-0 game one five-inning victory over MCLA.

The Engineers struck early, getting four runs in the first inning, thanks to a Lauren DiFelice (Acushnet, MA) two-run double, a wild pitch,and an error. WPI (3-6) would tack on five more runs in the third, highlighted by a Fekete two-run single. Nicole McDonough (Abington, MA) (bases loaded walk), Erin Beaulieu (Bethany, CT) (ground out), and Ali LaRue (South Glens Falls, NY) (single) all drove in runs in the inning. Veronica Coyle (North Attleboro,MA) got her first collegiate hit earlier in the third to load the bases.

Coscia was fantastic in the circle for WPI as she allowed just three hits and a walk while striking out seven Trailblazers (2-1) for her third win of the season.  

Janelle MacLaughlin's (Lancaster, MA) RBI single to left field in the bottom of the eighth inning gave the Engineers their first walk-off win of the season as they defeated Wartburg 6-5.

After WPI got a run in the first, Wartburg (3-9) responded with four runs in the fourth inning by way of a two-run single, a RBI groundout and an error. Fekete got her sixth hit of the day when she cleared the bases with a single to right center field in the sixth inning, giving the Crimson and Grey a 5-4 lead.

But Wartburg countered with a run in the seventh to knot the game at 5-5. A key Clare Doolin (Newton, MA) strike out with the go-ahead run at third base with two out kept the score tied heading into the bottom of the seventh. She would repeat the feat in the eighth to help set-up MacLaughlin's heroics in the bottom half of the inning.

Doolin earned her first collegiate victory, striking out seven Knights while giving up two earned runs and two walks. 

WPI (4-6) heads north late Saturday and is scheduled to play at Fitchburg State on Tuesday, March 19th with the Engineers being the home team. First pitch is slated for 3pm.