CAPE CORAL, Fla. — After a weather delay of nearly three hours with just one inning complete, the University of New England finished off a 4-1 victory over the College of Wooster (Ohio) on Wednesday at the Cape Coral Sports Complex as the Gene Cusic Collegiate Softball Classic continued.
Winners of three straight, the Nor’easters improve to 4-3. The Fighting Scots drop back to 8-7 on the year.
Junior Allie Frazier (Tewksbury, Mass.) got UNE going right away, putting the first pitch of the contest over the fence in center field for her first career home run. Then, with two outs, classmate Jessica Potter (Crown Point, N.Y.) plated junior Amanda Vaudreuil (Windham, N.H.) and senior Megan Gauger (South Paris, Maine) with a single to center to make it 3-0.
Wooster went down, in order, during the bottom of the 1st inning, before a storm system passing through the area halted play.
When action resumed, a two-out error allowed Frazier to get aboard. She stole second base and came around to score on the next play as senior Erin Grover (Biddeford, Maine) singled to right.
The Fighting Scots did manage to push one across (4-1) in the bottom of the 4th on an RBI-single to left by Demi Hart. Wooster had a momentary threat in the last half of the 6th when Hart tripled to right-center with one on, but UNE threw out the runner at the plate to get out of the frame with the three-run cushion intact.
Big Blue first-year pitcher Abby Lambert (Brockton, Mass.) picked up her first win of the season (1-2), scattering four hits and three walks over seven innings of work.
Frazier and Vaudreuil both ended with a pair of hits for the Nor’easters.
Hart and Paige Goldberg combined to account for all of Wooster’s hits in the game. In addition to scoring her team’s only run, pitcher Jenn Horton struck out five in a losing effort (4-3).