N. MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – The University of Saint Joseph (USJ) softball team lost a pair of non-conference contests on day two of the Fastpitch Dreams Spring Classic, 7-4 to Brevard College (BC), and 7-3 to Eureka College (EC), on the NMB Sports Complex Sunday afternoon.
The Blue Jays struggled to keep pace to start both games, down 6-0 to Brevard after one inning, and 5-2 to Eureka after two innings. Saint Joseph will return to the circle when they take on Penn College and La Roche on Tuesday, March 10 at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. respectively, for day three of the Fastpitch Dreams Spring Classic.
Game 1: Saint Joseph 4, Brevard 7
Game 2: Saint Joseph 3, Eureka 7
Records: USJ (0-4), BC (3-5), EC (3-0)
Location: NMB Sports Complex | N. Myrtle Beach, S.C.
COACH QUOTE [Jim McKinnon]
"Tough and frustrating losses today. I felt we had some good moments in both games offensively and defensively. We had runners on base, but could not get the big hit we needed to break a game open. We will get there; we are only four games into the season. I am confident things will come together."
- Game 1: The Tornadoes unleashed an onslaught to start the game, scoring six of their seven runs in the first frame on a trio of singles, a throwing error, and a triple. The Blue Jays went on to score four unanswered in the fifth inning to cut it to 7-4. Senior captain and catcher McKenna Driscoll (Bristol, Conn.) had a two-RBI double to score sophomore center fielder Frankie Ferrante (Southington, Conn.), who had an RBI earlier in the inning, and freshman second baseman Amanda Jacobs (New Britain, Conn.). Junior first baseman Amanda Thiel (Torrington, Conn.) also had an RBI. Brevard pitching shut down USJ in the final two innings though, ending the comeback in the process.
- Game 2: The Red Devils were red-hot to start things off, scoring five runs in the first two innings off of three doubles and a sac fly. The Blue Jays snagged a few runs back in the bottom halves, but still trailed 7-2 heading to the final inning. Ferrante tripled to bring in another run, but Saint Joseph ran out of outs.
NUMBER TO KNOW
21 – The Blue Jays had as many hits as their opponents (21 in two games), but could only muster half of the 14 runs Brevard and Eureka combined to score.
NOTES (Game 1)
- Freshman pitcher Alyssa Flynn (Gaffney, S.C.) picked up the win (1-0) for the Tornadoes despite a little trouble, allowing four runs on nine hits in four and a third innings. She also struck out three. Junior pitcher Alessandra Milardo (Plantsville, Conn.) was dealt the loss (0-1), allowing six runs on six hits in one inning of work.
- All but one run for Brevard came in the first. All four runs for Saint Joseph came in the fifth.
- The Tornadoes had three extra base hits, to just one for USJ.
NOTES (Game 2)
- Junior pitcher Bailey Tibbetts (Pekin, Ill.) was solid throughout the contest, going six and a third innings in the victory (1-0), allowing only three runs despite 10 hits and three walks. Sophomore pitcher Julia Annecchiarico (Ludlow, Mass.) took the loss for USJ (0-1), allowing five runs on six hits in two innings of action.
- The Blue Jays brought the bats with four extra base hits and only two strikeouts, but left a game-high 11 runners on base.
The Blue Jays are playing in Myrtle Beach as part of a week-long trip of non-conference softball action, continuing on with day three of the Fastpitch Dreams Spring Classic against Penn College and La Roche on Tuesday, March 10 at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. respectively.
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