Kirylo, Kopystynsky Lead Gators to Sweep of Wheelock

Box Score: Game 1 | Game 2

Chestnut Hill, Mass. – Junior Macayla Kirylo, above left, (Pawtucket, RI) drove in four RBIs on the day while classmate Natasha Kopystynsky, above right, (Johnsburg, IL) collected three hits and made a pair of highlight-reel catches in right field to help the lead Pine Manor College Softball to a doubleheader sweep, 9-1 (5 inn.) and 7-2, over Wheelock College on Wednesday afternoon at Pine Manor Field. With the sweep the Gators improve to 8-6 while Wheelock drops to 0-13.

Kopystynsky was one of three Gators to finish the day with three hits, as she was joined by freshman Chardonai Rose (Fairfield, CA) and senior Kaylyn Delgado (Worcester, MA). In addition, five different Gators collected RBIs in game one while six different players drove runs home in game two.

After a scoreless first, Pine Manor scored two runs to take an early lead in the second inning of game one. Gators’ starting pitcher Tia Nelson (Rockport, MA) led off the inning with a double before coming around to score on a wild pitch with two outs in the inning. With Wheelock scrambling to cut down Nelson an errant throw allowed Delgado to score as well, after she had reached base earlier due to being hit by a pitch.

Trailing 2-0, Wheelock manufactured a run in the top of the third. With Jacky Hull (Braintree, MA) on second thanks to a one-out double, starting pitcher Kim Perault ((Medford, MA) lined a two-out single into center two batters later, advancing Hull to third and giving the Wildcats two aboard with two away. Perault then forced an errant throw on an attempted steal, allowing Hull to score on the play.

In the home half of the inning, a pair of lead-off walks doomed the Wildcats, as Kopystynsky and freshman Sybil Lynch (Hoboken, NJ) both reached base thanks to free passes to start off the inning before both advancing into scoring position on a wild pitch. Freshman Vanessa Soto (Fontana, CA) then delivered an RBI single to score Kopystynsky and advance Lynch to third. Lynch would later come home on an RBI ground-out from Kirylo, while Soto would find her way around to score thanks to a sacrifice fly from Nelson.

Leading 5-1, Pine Manor tacked on four more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, as Kirylo scored both Kopystynsky and Lynch with a two-out double to the left centerfield gap. The Gators would then add two more runs later in the inning to take a 9-1 lead into the top of the fifth inning. With Wheelock unable to rally in the fifth, the game ended in a 9-1 PMC victory.

In game two, the Wildcats got out to a 1-0 first inning lead. Hull led off the inning with a single to right and was advanced to second by virtue of a sacrifice bunt from Katie Fleming (West Boylston, MA). Hull then stole third before coming around to score on an RBI ground-out from Perault.

Hull was one of two Wildcats to collect two hits in game two, along with sophomore Molly Rose (Weymouth, MA). On the day, Hull and Perault were the only two Wildcats to finish with three hits.

With Wheelock leading 1-0, the game moved to the bottom of the second inning before the Gators were able to counter. A lead-off single from Chardonai Rose helped the Gators to tie the score, as the freshman shortstop moved to third on an errant pick-off attempt and then easily scored on an RBI double from Betzy Maysonet (Boston, MA).

Wheelock responded quickly in the top of the third, retaking the lead when Perault was able to score on an error by PMC leftfielder Heather Hernandez (Boston, MA) after reaching base earlier in the inning thanks to a single to right field.

Trailing 2-1, the Gators produced a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth to take the lead for good. With one away, Kopystynsky delivered a single to left. Hernandez then reached base after being hit by a pitch before both runners moved into scoring position on a wild pitch. Soto then followed with a single to left to score Kopystynsky and move Hernandez to third. With runners on the corners, Kirylo drove home her fourth run of the day with another double into the left centerfield gap.

In the Wheelock fifth, Fleming walked to open the inning before advancing to second on a sacrifice bunt. However, with a runner in scoring position, Kopystynsky produced a great running grab in foul territory for the second out of the inning. Nelson then induced a ground ball to end the threat.

Kopystynsky again ranged into foul ground in the sixth inning to snag a ball headed out of play--helping to secure a one-two-three inning for the Gators.

Following the one-two-three top of the sixth inning, Pine Manor added four more runs on two hits and two Wheelock errors in the bottom of the sixth inning to secure the 7-2 victory. For the Gators, Nelson added two more victories to improve to 8-4 on the season, as she struck out a total of 15 batters on the day.

Wheelock will be back in action on Thursday afternoon when they take on conference and cross-town rival Newbury College at Pine Manor Field. The Gators will return to the field on Saturday afternoon when they host Fisher College in a doubleheader beginning at 12 noon.

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