LEESBURG, Fla. — Melissa Sprague (Londonderry, N.H.) received three early runs of support from her offense and racked up nine strikeouts along the way to a 3-1 softball victory for the University of New England against Wesleyan University (Conn.) on Wednesday at the Dot Richardson Spring Games hosted by the U.S. National Training Center.
Sprague scattered four hits and a walk while matching her personal-best in strikeouts.
The Nor’easters (3-3) tallied all three of their unearned runs with two out in the bottom of the 1st, as Andrea Gosper (Wyoming, R.I.) put an RBI-single through the left side, and, following a walk, Bailey Tremblay (Saco, Maine) drove in a pair with a single to left.
UNE loaded the bases with two away in the 3rd, but could not add to the lead. Then, in the top of the 4th, Jenna Putala followed up a two-out double by Rielly Wieners with a double of her own to get the Cardinals (0-2) on the board.
A free pass to start the 7th was all that Sprague allowed the rest of the way.
Gosper and Caroline Schoenbucher (Barrington, N.H.) each had two hits for the Nor’easters, and accounted for one run apiece. Sydney Helmbrecht (Grand Rapids, Minn.) had a hit and scored the other run.
Rachel Kantor fanned three in a losing effort for Wesleyan.