Gators move on in quest for title
Newton, MA -- After surrendering a lead-off home run to open the game, Jackie Martinez settled down to beat Simmons for the second time this weekend, and the Gators offense rallied for eight unanswered runs in an 8-2 win in GNAC Tournament play.
The homer was the first run Martinez had allowed in 16 innings against the Sharks this season, as the starter pitched a two-hit shutout against Simmons for the second time this season on Friday in the Gators tournament opener. After the Sharks chased the longball with an unearned run, Martinez recovered nicely, shutting out Simmons over the final six.
The Gators answered Simmons’ first-inning two spot with one in the second and a pair in the third. Jackie Mannino doubled home fellow All-GNAC Third Team selection Kayla Nielsen in the second, and fellow frosh Kayla Ferrara singled home Michelle Campbell and Courtney Wallace an inning later. Ferrara then came around to score on and Emily Thompson error, putting Pine Manor up 4-2 after three.
That was more than enough for Martinez, who, after the rocky first, held Simmons to three singles over the final four frames. Martinez fanned three and walked three in scattering seven hits to earn her tenth win of her sophomore season.
For the Gators, Nielsen went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI’s. All-GNAC First Team honorees Courtney Wallace went 3-for-4 with a double and two runs, and Patty Pabon went 1-for-3 with two RBI’s. Hitting from the seventh spot, Mannino doubled twice and scored twice.
Pine Manor now plays St. Joseph's of Maine tomorrow morning at 11 on the campus of Mount Ida College. The winner of the game advances to take on Emerson in the GNAC Championship.
Posted on Sat, April 25, 2009
by Sports Information