MANSFIELD, Conn. -- The Johnson & Wales University softball team battered four Eastern Connecticut State University pitchers for 25 hits – seven of them for extra bases – as the Wildcats swept the Warriors by identical 8-3 scores in a non-conference doubleheader Thursday at the Eastern Softball Stadium.
A winner of 11 of its last 12, Johnson & Wales (29-7) scored five runs on five hits and two walks in the sixth inning of the first game to move out to an 8-0 lead. Ally Mishol socked a two-run home run for the first two runs of the sixth and No. 3 hitter Kristin Frost clearing the bases with a two-out, three-run double.
The Wildcats scored in each of the first four innings of the nightcap to take a 7-0 lead, leadoff hitter Brenna DePerry hitting a two-run home run in the second and Johnson & Wales pushing across three runs in the fourth, with cleanup hitter Emily Gorecki plating two with a bases-loaded single.
Tiffani Semanchik and DuPerry each had five hits and two RBI on the day, with DuPerry scoring five runs. Gorecki reached base six times with four singles and two walks and drove in four runs. Mishol had two doubles and a home run among her four hits, drove in four runs and scored two.
Jennifer Corona (16-2) pitched a complete-game seven-hitter in the first game, fanning six and walking three, while Noelle Weiss and Kristin frost combining on a five-hitter with four strikeouts in the second game.
Senior rightfielder Rebecca DeFeo (Richmond, RI) had three of the team's12 hits and drove in her first two runs of the season for Eastern (11-21), which finishes its home regular season with a 3-9 record after having a season-high three-game losing streak snapped. Senior infielder Gina Georgetti (Milford) contributed two hits and an RBI in the second game and senior centerfielder Samantha Bardos (Norwalk) added two hits and an RBI.
Freshman lefty Jacky Arndt (Chelmsford, MA) allowed only one run on two hits in three relief innings of the second game. Arndt was summoned as the third of three Eastern pitchers, starting the fifth inning with the Warriors trailing 7-2. She retired the side in order with two strikeouts in the fifth and got a strikeout and infield pop to leave two runners in scoring position after the Wildcats scored once in the sixth on a leadoff double by Gavin and sacrifice fly. Arndt struck out two of the last three batters she faced in the seventh.
Eastern closes out the regular season with Little East Conference road doubleheaders Saturday at the University of Southern Maine at noon and Sunday at Western Connecticut State University at 2 p.m.