Bushika Tosses No-Hitter in Game One as Gators Sweep Mass. Maritime

Box Scores: Game 1 | Game 2

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Freshman Alexis Bushika (Adams, Mass.), above, pitched a five-inning no hitter and picked up another five inning victory in game two as Pine Manor College softball defeated the Massachusetts Maritime Academy in both games of a doubleheader on Thursday afternoon at Pine Manor Field. The Gators shut out the Buccaneers 8-0 in game one and scored seven runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to take game two, 11-3. Pine Manor improves to 2-10 on the season, while Mass. Maritime falls to 0-12.

Game One: Pine Manor 8, Mass. Maritime 0 (5 innings)

Bushika struck out five batters and scattered three walks over five innings to no-hit Mass. Maritime and earn her first collegiate victory in game one.

The Gators scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning to take an early advantage. With Mutsumi Ogiso (Gifu, Japan) on second, and two out, senior Macayla Kirylo (Pawtucket, R.I.) ripped a double down the left field line and plated the first run of the game. Kirylo then scored on back-to-back wild pitches before Bushika drew a two-out walk. Sophomore Vanessa Soto (Fontana, Calif.), making her first appearance of the season, then singled to score Bushika and make the score 3-0.

Pine Manor then tacked on three more runs in the third, with Soto picking up another RBI, and one run in the fourth and the fifth to take the 8-0 victory.

Game Two: Pine Manor 11, Mass. Maritime 3 (5 innings)

Mass. Maritime got on the board first in game two as Crystal Sherman (Charlton, Mass.) reached second on on a two-base error to lead-off the game. Sherman then stole third before scoring on an RBI ground-out by sophomore Cassie Swanson (Quincy, Mass.).

The Buccaneers carried the lead until the bottom of the second inning when Soto scored on a wild pitch to tie the contest. However, Mass. Maritime took the lead back in the top of the third, scoring one run on one hit as freshman Bezie Tesson-Legnine (Wellfleet, Mass.) scored on an error with two out in the inning to make the score 2-1.

Despite having the bases loaded in both the third and fourth innings, the Gators only added two more runs in the bottom half of the third and one more in the bottom of the fourth, thanks to an RBI single from Chardonai Rose (Fairfield, Calif.), to take a 4-2 advantage.

Mass. Maritime pulled to within one run in the top of the fifth when junior Meghan Weir (North Andover, Mass. ) hit a two-out double in to right field to score Sherman and cut the PMC advantage to 4-3.

In the bottom of the fifth, Pine Manor loaded the bases again but Mass. Maritime starter Cassidy Nice (Carver, Mass.) was unable to get out of the jam for the third straight inning as Ogiso, Rose, and Soto each picked up an RBI in the inning and Kirylo delivered a two-RBI single to left field before scoring on a passed ball to give the Gators an 11-3 advantage and the game two victory in five innings.

Mass. Maritime will return to action tomorrow afternoon when they take on conference-foe Salem St. at 2:00 PM in Salem, Mass. The Gators will host their final home doubleheader of the season tomorrow afternoon at 3:00 PM versus Wheelock.

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