MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – Behind a four-RBI game two from junior pitcher and captain Alessandra Milardo (Plantsville, Conn.), the University of Saint Joseph (USJ) softball team split a pair of non-conference contests on day five of the Fastpitch Dreams Spring Classic, falling 4-1 to Greenville College (GC), and winning 14-6 over Keystone College (GC), at the NMB Sports Complex Thursday afternoon.
The Blue Jays rallied with an incredible nine runs in the sixth inning, including three doubles and two singles to snatch the win over KC, ending it in six under the mercy rule (eight run lead after five innings). It was a much-needed first win of the season after coming off a tough 4-1 loss to Greenville earlier in the afternoon. Greenville scored three runs in the fourth, and the Blue Jays never recovered. Saint Joseph will return to the circle when they take on Franciscan on Friday, March 13, at 12:00 p.m. for its final day of the Fastpitch Dreams Spring Classic.
Game 1: Saint Joseph 1, Greenville 4
Game 2: Saint Joseph 14, Keystone 6
Records: USJ (1-9), GC (6-2), KC (1-7)
Location: NMB Sports Complex | N. Myrtle Beach, S.C.
COACH QUOTE [Jim McKinnon]
"We played the best two games of the week. Sange [Alessandra Milardo] and Julia [Annecchiarico] really did well pitching, and Natalie [Amato] continues to get a few innings as she gets back to form. Our defense played very well, and our bats finally came alive—especially with runners in scoring position."
- Game 1: The Blue Jays fell into a 4-0 hole after four innings of play, in desperate need of some offense. Sophomore pitcher Julia Annecchiarico (Ludlow, Mass.) got the rally started with a one-out, RBI single in the seventh. The Panthers got it together though, ending the comeback with a fielder's choice and strike out.
- Game 2: The Giants and Blue Jays went back and forth in this one, with KC leading 6-5 heading to the sixth inning. Enough was enough for the USJ softball team, exploding for nine runs in the bottom frame. Milardo, who came in to pitch three innings, added four more RBI in this one, including the go-ahead two-run double to give Saint Joseph the lead. Milardo actually came up later in the inning and got two more on another double, the final two runs making it an eight run lead, ending the game just like that.
NUMBER TO KNOW
8 – Eight different Blue Jays drove in at least one run against Keystone, with Milardo driving in four to lead the way.
NOTES (Game 1)
- Junior pitcher Kendall Farr (Chattanooga, Tenn.) picked up the win (1-0) for the Panthers, allowing just one run on four hits in six innings of action. Annecchiarico was dealt the loss, allowing four runs on six hits in six innings. She also struck out three.
NOTES (Game 2)
- Milardo picked up the dub (1-0) with three innings of work, allowing no earned runs and just three hits. The Blue Jays struck out seven on the game. Freshman pitcher Madolyn Fernandes (Allentown, Pa.) took the loss, allowing seven runs on 10 hits in five innings plus. She also walked seven.
Saint Joseph will return to the circle when they take on Franciscan on Friday, March 13, at 12:00 p.m. for its final day of the Fastpitch Dreams Spring Classic.
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