Gators Can't Solve Blue Jays on Opening Day

Box Scores: Game 1 | Game 2

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Pine Manor College dropped both games of its 2012 Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) season opening doubleheader to Saint Joseph College of Connecticut on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 in Chestnut Hill, MA. The Gators came up just short in game one, rallying from a 3-0 deficit to drop a 3-2 final. While, in game two Saint Joseph scored three runs on four Pine Manor errors in the seventh inning to put the game out of reach and take an 8-2 victory.

In game one, Saint Joseph took an early lead as leadoff hitter Nicole Williams (Middletown, CT) singled to center to open the game before coming around to score on another single by Saint Joseph junior Emily Hummel (Hebron, CT). Over the next three innings, Saint Joseph starting pitcher Kristina Torres (Groton, CT) was the story. The senior struck out seven of the first nine Pine Manor hitters to come to the plate, setting down the Gators in order through the first four innings of the game. Torres finished the game with 15 strikeouts and earned her second win of the season.

Saint Joseph extended its lead to 3-0 in the top of the third inning when sophomore Shauna Sullivan (Rocky Hill, CT) doubled to right centerfield to drive home Hummel and classmate Ashley Gall (Stafford Springs, CT).

Pine Manor would get on the board in the fifth inning, tacking on two runs to pull within reach of the Blue Jays. PMC sophomore Macayla Kirylo (Pawtucket, RI) led off the inning with a double to right-center before advance to third on a single by classmate Ashley Carusone (Nashua, NH). Two batters later, Pine Manor junior Tia Nelson (Rockport, MA) lined a single into the outfield to drive home both runners and make the score 3-2.

Unfortunately, from that point forward the Gators were unable to push across the tying run, as Carusone would pick up the only PMC hit, a two-out single in the bottom of the seventh, for the remainder of the game.

In game two, Pine Manor was once again unable to solve Saint Joseph’s pitching, this time as Hummel collected 15 strikeouts in a complete-game 8-2 victory.

With the game scoreless through the first three innings, Saint Joseph finally broke the drought with a three-run fourth inning. The Blue Jays then scored two more runs in the fifth inning to take a 5-0 lead thanks to a two-RBI double from Hummel.

Trailing once again, Pine Manor managed to score two runs in the sixth when Kirylo lined a two-run home run over the leftfield fence to cut the deficit to 5-2. However, the final two batters of the inning went down in order and the teams entered the seventh with the score still 5-2.

In the seventh, a series of Pine Manor errors helped the Blue Jays to score three more runs and take a six run advantage before the home half of the inning. Trailing 8-2, Nelson opened the inning with a leadoff double, but the Gators were unable to rally any closer as the final three batters went down in order to end the game.

With the sweep, Saint Joseph moves to 4-7 overall (2-0 GNAC) while Pine Manor drops to 0-2 (0-2 GNAC) to open the 2012 season. The Blue Jays will now head home for their next three contests, beginning with a GNAC doubleheader versus Emmanuel College on Saturday. Pine Manor will also return to action this Saturday, as the Gators will host Lasell College for a doubleheader beginning at 2:00 p.m.

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