Gonzales and Wood Help Key Pair of Wins to Keep Softball Unbeaten in NEWMAC

Katie Martin

Springfield, MA --- Sophomore Marissa Gonzales (Oakley, CA) went 6-for-8 with a triple, two RBI and three runs scored as WPI remained unbeaten in NEWMAC softball action with 7-5 and 8-3 (6 inn.) triumphs Tuesday at Springfield. Senior Caraline Wood (Averill Park, NY) collected five RBI in the second game.

The Engineers, winners of four consecutive games, improves to 14-6 on the year and 6-0 in league play. Springfield moves to 8-8 and 2-2.

Trailing 7-0, Springfield rallied for five runs but the Engineers held off the Pride for the game one victory. The hosts began the comeback bid with an RBI double off the bat of freshman Sara Mulligan (Cheshire, CT), before junior Meghan Sastram (Oxford, CT) drove in junior Marisa Valenti (Trumbull, CT) with a single off of third base. Junior Allie Wheeler (Agawam, MA) made it 7-5 with a three-run shot prior to junior Mackenzie Phillips (Gill, MA) shutting the door with a pair of ground outs and a swinging strikeout to seal the win for the Engineers.

Senior Shelby Allen (Oakland, NJ) took the loss as she pitched 4.2 innings, giving up five hits and no earned runs, while also striking out three. Valenti came on in the fifth inning and pitched 2.1 frames, giving up three hits while also striking out three batters.

WPI got on the board in the top of the third inning when Gonzales singled to left to score a runner. The Engineers later blew open a 5-0 lead with four runs in the top of the fifth, highlighted by RBI doubles by freshman Lindsay Ambrosino (Chelmsford, MA) and sophomore Nicole Kuberka (Los Angeles, CA).

Phillips earned the victory as she pitched six innings, giving up five hits and two earned runs while striking out seven Pride batters.

WPI scored once in the top of the first inning of the nightcap, before back-to-back singles from Gonzales and Wood helped the Engineers take a 4-0 advantage after two frames. After taking a 5-0 lead in the top of the third, the Pride answered in the bottom of the frame when Wheeler took a ball to right-center field that carried over the fence, scoring sophomore Hannah Salvietti (Cheshire, CT) and freshman Ava Fernandez (Cedar Grove, NJ) to make it 5-3.

Over the remaining two innings, WPI was able to add three more runs, including RBI doubles by Wood and Kuberka, as the game was called due to darkness with the Engineers leading 8-3.

Sophomore Katie Martin (Bedford, NH) allowed two earned runs on six hits and three walks, and struck out five in the complete game win.

Freshman Gillian Kane (New Canaan, CT) took the loss as she pitched four innings, giving up seven earned runs while striking out a pair, while Valenti came on for the final two frames, giving up two hits and one earned run.

WPI heads to Chandler Street for a 4pm twinbill at Worcester State. Springfield hosts Amherst tomorrow at 3:30pm.

Majority Release Courtesy Springfield Sports Information