Tewksbury Student Concludes Softball Season in NCAA Division III Medford Regional
WORCESTER, MA -- Leila Camplese wrapped up the 2019 softball season in the NCAA Division III Championship Medford Regional.
Senior Caraline Wood was 4-for-4 with a triple, a home run and three RBI while sophomore Marissa Gonzales batted 3-for-4 with a double and a triple as WPI eliminated St. Joseph (CT), 12-3 (5 inn.), from the 2019 NCAA Division III Softball Championship in game four of the Medford Regional. The Engineers were then ousted by Tufts as junior Casey Maggiore's two-out RBI double in the bottom of the sixth proved to be the difference as the Jumbos overcame a 3-0 deficit and claimed the 4-3 victory in game five Saturday at Spicer Field.
Tufts (32-9) moves on to face Eastern Connecticut Sunday for the regional title while WPI finishes 33-11 and St. Joseph (CT) concludes its season with a 27-19 ledger. It is the fourth time in six years the Engineers have racked up 30 or more wins for head coach Whitney Goldstein.
Junior Cassie Graca and sophomore Kaitlyn Hess sandwiched a sac fly off the bat of senior Kylie Juarez with RBI knocks to take the initial 3-0 lead in the top of the first versus Tufts. Junior Emily Serata later cut the deficit to one with a line drive double to right field in the bottom of the fourth. Classmate Maria Ostapovich went on to level the game at 3-3 with a hit up the middle in the fifth.
Wood (double) and senior Renee LeClaire each batted 2-for-4 with a run scored. Freshman Lindsay Ambrosino and Juarez registered sacrifice hits and Graca stole a base. Sophomore Katie Martin and junior Mackenzie Phillips each struck out a batter and did not allow a walk for WPI.
Serata was 3-for-3 with a double and pair of RBI as Maggiore finished 3-for-4 with a double and senior Kristen Caporelli batted 2-for-4 with a double. Sophomore Kristina Haghdan struck out three in the complete-game victory.
Gonzales doubled and was chased home by Wood's triple in the first for the early lead over the Blue Jays in the Engineers first game of the afternoon. An infield miscue led to the first two runs of the second. Two more scampered home on a wild pitch and Wood launched a no-doubt-about it rocket to dead center field (220-plus feet).
Another miscue allowed the Engineers to claim the 7-0 lead in the third. Freshman Hailey McCasland had a productive ground out and Ambrosino singled through the left side to make it 9-0 after 2 . USJ freshman Julia Annecchiarico broke up the shutout with a two-out two-run double to right, that initially appeared to be caught at the warning track, in the bottom of the third.
Ambrosino added another with an RBI courtesy of a dropped popup in the fifth. Gonzales and Wood followed with run-producing singles for the 12-2 advantage. Annecchiarico plated the final run with an RBI single in the bottom of the fifth.
Ambrosino added a pair of RBI while Hess and McCasland each registered a sacrifice hit. Graca led the stolen base parade with a pair to go with one each by Ambrosino, Hess and McCasland. Sophomore Skylar O'Connell (North Attleboro, MA) went 1-for-1 after taking over behind the dish in the bottom of the fourth. Phillips allowed two runs on five hits with six strikeouts and zero walks in four innings and freshman Abigail O'Connor finished the game in the circle for WPI.
Junior Amira Sharon was 3-for-3 and Annecchiarico was 2-for-2 with a double and three RBI for the Blue Jays. Senior Kara Klimaszewski chipped in with a sacrifice. Sophomore Alessandra Milardo was in the circle for the first two innings before handing the ball to Annecchiarico.
Sophomore Morgan Bolduk batted 2-for-4, including a solo home run, to go with a pair of RBI while also striking out four in the complete-game effort as Eastern Connecticut State posted a 6-3 victory over WPI in the 2019 NCAA Division III Softball Medford Regional opener Friday at Spicer Field.
Bolduk, the Little East Pitcher of the Year and reigning NFCA Division III Pitcher of the Week, began the scoring with the home run to left in the top of the third. WPI loaded the bases in the bottom of the inning. After freshman Hailey McCasland was gunned down by junior centerfielder Sabrina LeMere at the plate, WPI junior Cassie Graca, facing a 3-2 count with two away, singled up the middle to chase home sophomore Marissa Gonzales and senior Caraline Wood for the 2-1 advantage.
The lead was short lived as freshman Laura Zenk drew a two-out bases-loaded walk and Bolduk followed with an RBI single in the fourth. Freshman Brooke Matyasovsky added another Warrior run with a solo shot in almost the exact same spot as Boldukearlier in the game in the fifth.
Junior Leila Camplese brought the Engineers back within a run with a two-out double down the right field line in the bottom of the sixth. Freshman Julia SanGiovanni pushed the lead back to a pair with a 2-RBI single down the right field line in the top of the seventh. The Engineers then went down in order in the home half of the frame.
The Warriors were patient at the plate and saw junior Sara Pisanelli (Wallingford, CT) win a 13-pitch at-bat with a two-out double in the first. Freshman Lindsay Ambrosino drew the lone WPI walk after a nine-pitch battle with Bolduk to begin the bottom of the first.
Senior Kylie Juarez and McCasland each batted 2-for-3 for WPI as Juarez and Camplese doubled. Graca (2 RBI) and senior Renee LeClaire chipped in with a stolen base. Sophomore Katie Martin struck out three in the first four innings while junior Mackenzie Phillips fanned one in the final three.
Matyasovsky also had a pair of hits for Eastern Connecticut in the form of a double and a home run. Pisanelli doubled and Bolduk homered and LeMere chipped in with a sacrifice hit.
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