KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- The Simmons College softball team was edged by Muskingum University, 3-2, this afternoon at the Osceola Softball Complex's Field 5 in the Sunkissed Games in Kissimmee, Fla. The Sharks fall to 1-4 on the season, while the Muskies improve to a perfect 7-0.
Muskingum came back from a 2-0 deficit and scored the game-winning run with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning.
First year relief pitcher Hannah Duff (Strasburg, Ohio) allowed just two hits over the final four innings, while striking out two and walking a pair to earn the victory and improve to 3-0 for the Muskies. Senior starting pitcher Juliet Nelson (Cumberland, R.I.) was the tough-luck losing hurler for Simmons, yielding three runs (two earned) on four hits and three walks, while fanning three batters.
Sophomore center fielder Molly Hennessey (Charlton, Mass.) led all batters with three hits in four trips for the Sharks, including a double to go with a run batted in, while junior third base Dom Ortiz (Lawrence, Mass.) also collected three hits in as many at-bats for Simmons.
Senior first base Melissa Maiorano (Youngstown, Ohio) was 2-3 for Muskingum, while first year third base Jaelyn Meade (Uniontown, Ohio) went 1-2 with a two-run triple.
Sophomore left fielder Jennifer Schrader (Reynoldsville, Ohio) reached on an error in the bottom of the seventh, before first year Caitlyn Huth (Dalton, Ohio) stole second as a pinch runner to give Muskingum a runner in scoring position. A ground out moved Huth to third before she scored the winning run when first year shortstop Karsyn Shaffer (Greenville, Ohio) reached on an error.
The Sharks got on the board first with a pair of runs in the top of the first inning. Sophomore second base Lauren Del Vacchio (Murrieta, Calif.) led off the game with a single through the left side, stole second and moved to third on single to right center off the bat of first year right fielder Ivy Vann (Bend, Ore.). Hennessey plated Del Vacchio with a double to right center, but Vann was cut down at the plate trying to score on the play. Hennessey came around to score when sophomore designated player Alex Soqui (Acushnet, Mass.) reached on an error to give Simmons a 2-0 lead.
The Muskies knotted the game at 2-2 with a pair of runs in the fourth. Maiorano reached on a bloop single down the left field line that hit chalk and sophomore catcher Jolyn Shunk (Saint Clairsville, Ohio) reached on a fielder's choice to set up a two-run triple to right center from Meade.