Softball Splits with Anna Maria, 7-8, 10-9

AUBURN, Mass. - The Simmons College softball team split a Great Northeast Athletic Conference doubleheader with host Anna Maria College, dropping the opener, 8-7, in nine innings, before winning the nightcap, 10-9, this evening at the Pappas Recreation Complex in Auburn, Mass. The Sharks are now 10-11 overall and 4-6 in league play, while he AMCATS are 3-20 and 1-9.

AUBURN, Mass. - The Simmons College softball team split a Great Northeast Athletic Conference doubleheader with host Anna Maria College, dropping the opener, 8-7, in nine innings, before winning the nightcap, 10-9, this evening at the Pappas Recreation Complex in Auburn, Mass. The Sharks are now 10-11 overall and 4-6 in league play, while he AMCATS are 3-20 and 1-9.

For the second straight day, Simmons showed a penchant for extra bases, collecting four doubles and four triples within the two games and pounded out 30 total hits. The Sharks also saw five players collect four or more hits.

Senior second baseman Mikaela Caracciolo's (North Attleboro, Mass.) 10-game hitting streak came to an end in the first game for the Sharks, but she rebounded with a four-hit, career-high five-RBI effort in game two. First year Michaela Reeves (Reading, Mass.) was 4-8 with two runs batted in, four runs scored, a double and a triple on the night for Simmons, while classmate Taylor LeBrun (Milford, Mass.) stroked a pair of triples as part of a 4-9 night with a run batted in and a run scored. Junior left fielder Emma D'Arpino (Johnston, R.I.) was 5-8 on the evening with four runs scored and a stolen base and senior center fielder Heather White (Westfield, Mass.) was 4-7 with an RBI.

In game one, the Sharks faced a 5-3 deficit heading into the top of the seventh inning. Junior second baseman Brianna Rastello (Salem, N.H.) led off the frame with a single to left center and raced around the bases ahead of a run-scoring triple to right field off the bat of Reeves. White followed with an infield single to plate Reeves and knot the contest at 5-5. Simmons held the AMCATS scoreless in their half of the seventh to send the game into extra innings.

The Sharks took their first lead of the game in the eighth inning when Caracciolo reached on a fielder's choice to advance junior catcher Alison Gauvin (Whitefield, Maine) to third after starting the inning on second base as per the international tie-breaker rule. Gauvin scored on a ground out by Rastello to give Simmons a 6-5 edge. Anna Maria matched the run in the bottom of the frame when sophomore left fielder Jacqueline Lapierre (Worcester, Mass.) began the inning on second base and scored when junior catcher Marissa Pingeton (Worcester, Mass.) reached on an error. The Sharks reclaimed the edge in the ninth when first year first baseman Alexandra Moleski's (Bridgeport, Conn.) single to center plated Reeves for an 8-7 lead. The AMCATS received a walk-off win in the bottom of the inning when first year second baseman Elizabeth Haggerty (Charlton, Mass.) ripped a double down the left field line with the bases loaded to score a pair of runs to give the home team an 8-7 win.

Anna Maria opened the scoring with two runs in the first inning. Sophomore center fielder Amanda Lemire (Methuen, Mass.) and Haggerty doubled to open the frame. Both runners scored when Lapierre struck a one out single combined with an infield error to give the AMCATS a 2-0 lead. Simmons cut the deficit in half in the top of the second when first year third baseman Dominique Ortiz (Lawrence, Mass.) reached on a fielder's choice and LeBrun tripled her home to make it 2-1.

Anna Maria increased its lead to 4-1 with a pair of runs in the fourth, keyed by a run-scoring single by first year designated player Hannah Trudo (Pomfret Center, Conn.). The Sharks cut the lead to a run with two more scores in the fifth inning. D'Arpino led off the frame with a bunt single and later circled the bases ahead of a triple to right center off the bat of Rastello to make it 4-3. The AMCATS added an insurance run in the fifth to make it 5-3. First year Sabrina Carreira (West Hartford, Conn.) smacked a leadoff double to right field and later scored on a ground out.

First year pitcher Ally Hamelin (Greenfield, Mass.) (3-5) earned the victory for Anna Maria, allowing seven runs (five earned) on 14 hits and three walks to go with a pair of strikeouts in nine complete innings. Sophomore reliever Cat Record (Cotuit, Mass.) (0-2) was tagged for the loss for Simmons, giving up four runs (two earned) on five hits and a walk and also struck out a batter in five-plus innings.

The Sharks jumped out to a 9-2 lead, before the AMCATS chipped away to make it a one-run game late in game two. 

Anna Maria got on the board first when Lapierre singled home a run for a 1-0 lead. Simmons responded with three runs in the second. Ortiz, Reeves and Gauvin loaded the bases with a hit each before Caracciolo cleared the bases with a two-out single to left. The AMCATS got a run back in the bottom of the third on an RBI single from first year third baseman Kayla Magierowski (Spencer, Mass.) to cut the margin to 3-2.

The Sharks looked to break the game open with a six-run fourth, keyed by four doubles, to take a 9-2 advantage. Caracciolo and Ortiz each cranked two-run doubles, while Gauvin also knocked in a run with a double in the frame. The AMCATS answered with three runs in the bottom of the inning to cut the score to 9-5. First year shortstop Victoria Falco (Marlborough, Mass.) hit a two-run triple and later scored herself on a Lapierre ground out.

Anna Maria tacked on another run in the fifth when first year right fielder Sarah Coley (Worcester, Mass.) laced a leadoff single and scored on a triple from Lemire to pull the home team to within 9-6. Carreira drove in another run with a single in the sixth to make it 9-7. Simmons added an insurance run in the seventh that proved to be extremely valuable. Caracciolo singled home the 10th run of the contest for the visitors. Haggerty reached on a one-out single. Falco and Lapierre repeated their fourth inning fortune for the AMCATS with Falco hitting a run-scoring triple down the left field line to plate Haggerty and then scoring on a Lapierre ground out to make it 10-9. 

Record earned her first collegiate victory to improve to 1-2 for the Sharks after pitching the final three and two-thirds innings, allowing four runs on seven hits and a walk to go with a strikeout. Senior starting pitcher Angela Vousboukis (Swampscott, Mass.) (0-9) suffered the loss for Anna Maria, giving up nine runs (five earned) in three and two-thirds innings on 12 hits, while fanning a batter.

Simmons returns to action tomorrow with a noon doubleheader vs. GNAC rival Rivier University to be played in Newton, Mass. at Taylor Field on the campus of Lasell College, while the AMCATS head to Boston for a twinbill with Emmanuel College on Clemente Field at 12:00 p.m.