BUZZARDS BAY, Mass – The Anna Maria College Softball team split a non-conference doubleheader this afternoon against Mass Maritime. The AMCATS took game one, 7-4. The Bucs won game two, 6-2.
How It Happened
The first five innings of game one were a pitcher's duel between the two teams. The most notable action of the first five innings, besides the pitching performances was AMCAT Sabrina Carrreira (West Hartford, Conn) recording her 100th career hit in the first inning.
Both teams threatened multiple times at the beginning of the game, but neither team was able to capitalize, until the sixth inning. In the top of the sixth, the AMCATS scored all seven of their runs. The scoring began on a fielder's choice with the bases loaded, bringing in Victoria Falco (Marlborough, Mass) to score the game's first run. Later in the inning, Ashley Garcia (Cornwall, N.Y.) doubled to left field, bringing in two runs. Up 4-0, senior Kayla Magierowski (Brimfield, Penn) hit a two RBI single to left plating Garcia and Carreira. Magierowski would later score on a Falco single for the final run of the inning and the game for Anna Maria.
With two innings to play, the Bucs answered in both, scoring one run in the bottom of the sixth on a Meghan Reilly (Pawling, N.Y.) ground out to second base which Savanna Leite (New Bedford, Mass) came in to score on.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, Maritime mounted a comeback attempt, scoring three runs, two on a Madison Ovadek (Greenland, N.H.) double of the wall in left field. The extra base hit scored Malarie Pittsley (Dighton, Mass) and Rachel Gardner (Bourne, Mass). The three runs weren't enough and the Bucs dropped game one, 7-4.
Inside The Numbers
In the Circle
Mass Maritime: Jenna Nalette (Goffstown, N.H.) (L, 2-8): CG | 7 IP | 14 H | 7 R | 7 ER | 0 BB | 6 K
Anna Maria: Victoria Falco (Marlborough, Mass) (W, 2-7): CG | 7 IP | 8 H | 4 R | 3 ER | 4 BB | 5 K
At The Plate
Maritime racked up eight hits in an 8-for-29 performance at the plate in game one. Pittsley had three of the Buc hits. Gardner and Ovadek added two each.
Ovadek drove in two runs for Maritime.
Pittsley and Ovadek had the two extra base hits, both doubles.
The Bucs walked four times, struck out five times and left nine runners on base.
Anna Maria batted 14-for-35 in game one. Carreira went 4-for-4 with three singles and a double, as well as her 100th career hit in the first inning. Falco had three hits of her own. Allison Sholds (Methuen, Mass) and Michelle Cilley (Dracut, Mass) each had two hits.
Garcia and Magierowski each drove in two runs.
AMC didn't walk in the game, struck out six times, which is a season high in a single game for Nalette, and the 'Cats left eight runners on base.
How It Happened
Maritime scored first in game two in the bottom of the second inning. The run came on an AMCAT miscue allowing Camryn Roberts-Capak (Marstons Mills, Mass) to reach base and Savanna Leite (New Bedford, Mass) to score.
The AMCATS tied the game at 1-1 in the top of the third and a Buccaneer error, allowing Sabrina Carreira (West Hartford, Mass) to reach base, plating Cam Johnson (Worcester, Mass). The Bucs took the lead back, this time by two runs, 3-1, in the bottom of the third frame. The first run on a Leite single to right bringing in Madison Ovadek (Greenland, N.H.). The second run same in in the form of Jenna Nalette (Goffstown, N.H.) on a double steal I nwhich Nalette stole home and Leite was caught stealing.
With a 3-2 advantage, the Buccaneers had the win in the bag as they would keep the 'Cats off the board the rest of the game but padded their lead with two runs in the bottom of the fifth, another in the sixth. Pittsley scored the team's fourth run on an AMCAT error in the fifth, the fifth Buc run came in on an Emily Goodwin (Halifax, Mass) single, scoring Leite. Their sixth and final run scored in the sixth on a wild pitch, Roberts-Capak crossed home. After losing game one, the Bucs split the doubleheader with a 6-2 victory in game two.
Inside the Numbers
In The Circle
Mass Maritime: Malarie Pittsley (Dighton, Mass) (W, 3-10): CG | 7 IP | 8 H | 2 R | 0 ER | 1 BB | 1 K
Anna Maria: Victoria Falco (Marlborough, Mass) (L, 2-8): CG | 6 IP | 11 H | 6 R | 1 ER | 2 BB | 2 K
At The Plate
Maritime batted 11-for-26 in game two. Gardner, Leite and Roberts-Capak each had two hits in the game. The Bucs had no extra base hits.
Leite drove in a run and scored twice.
All but one Buccaneer in the lineup had a hit in the game.
The Bucs walked twice, struck out twice and left six runners on.
Anna Maria batted 8-for-30 in game two. Cilley and MacKenzie Morin (North Smithfield, R.I.) each had two hits for the visitors. Cilley also drove in a run.
The AMCATS walked once, struckout once and left seven runs on base.
The AMCATS will be back at it tomorrow afternoon as they will play Albertus Magnus in conference action at 2:30PM.