|Suffolk University||Saint Joseph's College|
STANDISH, Maine – Saint Joseph’s College (9-11, 5-3 GNAC) and Suffolk University (12-12, 4-4 GNAC) split a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) softball doubleheader at Richard W. Bailey Field on Saturday afternoon. The Rams opened with a 4-0 victory and the Monks answered with a walk-off 4-3 triumph in the nightcap.
GAME TWO – SAINT JOSEPH’S 4, SUFFOLK 3
With the nightcap tied 3-3 and two down in the bottom of the seventh, Murphy delivered the game-winning hit with a single to left, scoring Tripp – who led off with a single and advanced to second on a Pomerleau base hit.
The Monks scored twice off three hits in the fourth, when Murphy plated Pomerleau and sophomore Joelle Casey (Kittery, Maine) – who entered as a pinch-runner for Murphy – scored when senior third baseman Mariah Harrison (Buxton, Maine) doubled off the wall in center field.
The conference rivals traded runs in the sixth when Suffolk senior Lindsay Pagano (Wyckoff, N.J.) plated Natalie McAllister (Malden, Mass.) with a base hit to center and sophomore first baseman Melodie Bailey (Lebanon, Maine) scored on a Kristal Smith (Pittston, Maine) double to center.
The Rams tied the game with two runs off two hits and an SJC miscue in the seventh, when Frost drove in Jaclyn Flint (Medfield, Mass.) with a groundout to second and Zulia scored on a throwing error.
Smith improved to 3-4 after allowing three runs (two earned) off eight hits and three walks with four strikeouts in a complete-game effort.
Smith took the loss and falls to 2-1 on the year after giving up two runs off six hits and a walk in three innings of relief. Junior starter Taylor Holmes (Ashford, Conn.) allowed two runs off four hits with a strikeout in 3.1 innings of work.
Bailey was 2-3 with a run and an RBI.
Pomerleau went 2-4 with a run.
Tripp added two hits and a run in four at-bats.
Pagano went 2-3 with an RBI.
Sylvester was 2-3 with a double and a walk.
Zulia went 2-4 with a run and a double.