CHESTNUT HILL, MA - Seniors Kim Perault (Medford, MA) and Jacky Hull (Braintree, MA) each collected two hits and doubled to lead the Wheelock College softball team in a pair of losses to visiting Mitchell College this afternoon in a New England Collegiate Conference doubleheader at PMC Softball Field on the campus of Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill, MA. The Mariners won the first game, 14-1, and took the second contest, 23-2. The second game was halted after five innings due to the eight-run mercy rule. The Wildcats fall to 0-27 overall and 0-16 in league play, while Mitchell improves to 11-23 and 8-10.
Perault also knocked in a run and Hull stole a base on the afternoon in their final home contest for Wheelock. Fellow senior Sara Buscemi (Arlington, MA) rapped out a hit, scored a run and drew a walk for the Wildcats.
Senior catcher Meghan Burke (Bronx, NY) was 6-8 with a pair of doubles and six runs batted in to lead Mitchell.
The Mariners got all the runs they would need in the second inning of game one, scoring seven times. Senior first baseman Tiffany Person (Waterbury, CT) keyed the frame with a two-run double, while sophomore shortstop Lindsey Romagnino (Totowa, NJ), junior pitcher Tricia Tomaselli (Guilford, CT) and freshman right fielder Bridget Thomson (Mystic, CT) all knocked in a run each with a single.
The Wildcats got a run back in the bottom of the fourth when Hull led off with a single, stole second, went to third on a wild pitch and later scored on a one-out bunt single off the bat of Perault to cut the deficit to 7-1. The Mariners tacked on another run in the sixth to take an 8-1 advantage when freshman center fielder Jenny Groman (New Britain, CT) reached on a two-out single and later scored on a wild pitch. Mitchell added six more runs in the seventh to take a 14-1 cushion. Burke highlighted the inning with a two-run double, while Groman knocked in another run with a double of her own and sophomore Shelby Patton (Waterford, CT) chipped in with an RBI single.
Tomaselli (8-12) allowed just one run on five hits and a walk, while striking out eight in seven complete innings to earn the victory for Mitchell, while freshman hurler Kiersten Cosgrove (Pequannock, NJ) struck out a career-high four batters in seven innings for Wheelock.
The Mariners wasted no time in game two to take a comfortable lead with four first inning runs and seven more in the second to take an 11-0 advantage. Mitchell took advantage of three miscues by the Wildcats and rapped out two hits to aid its offensive output in the first. Romagnino and Person each doubled in a lone run in the second, while freshman designated player Shannon O'Neil (Chicopee, MA), Thomson and Burke each singled home runs in the inning as well for the Mariners. Mitchell crossed the plate seven more times in the fourth to take an 18-0 lead, led by two-run singles off the bats of Patton and Burke and RBI doubles from junior Chelsea Arpin (Killingly, CT) and freshman Veyda McVey (Wallingford, CT).
Wheelock got on the board with two runs in the bottom of the frame to make it 18-2. Buscemi and Baptista both singled with two outs and later scored on an error. The Mariners capped the day's scoring with five runs in the fifth to set the final at 23-2. Junior second baseman Ariel Hallisey (Fall River, MA) keyed the inning with a two-run single, while McVey picked up her second run batted in for the day with a single. Groman and Burke each forced in runs with bases loaded walks.
Freshman pitcher Kaisea Caramante (Old Lyme, CT) improved to 3-10 on the season for Mitchell, yielding two unearned runs on three hits and a walk, while fanning six. Cosgrove worked in one and two-thirds innings and added a strikeout for the Wildcats.
Burke also scored four runs on the day for the Mariners, while Hallisey was 4-6 with a double, two RBI, four walks, four stolen bases and three runs scored. Person knocked in four runs on the afternoon, collected four hits and scored three times and Tomaselli picked up four hits, four runs scored and knocked in a run.
Wheelock will be in action again tomorrow when it heads to Weston, MA to take on NECC foe Regis College for a 1:00 p.m. twinbill in its season finale, while Mitchell will take on an opponent to be named in the NECC Tournament on April 30.