College of St. Joseph's softball team defeated Johnson State College 8-1 and 11-5 on Friday, April 13. The Lady Saints are now 11-13 on the season. Lena Tirotta hit a home run in game one and a triple in the second game of the doubleheader.
In game one the score was locked at zero for two innings. In the top of the third, first-year player Tirotta sent a ball over the left field fence for the first run of the game and her third home run of the year.
CSJ had their biggest inning in the fourth frame. The Fighting Saints recorded four hits and three runs to take a 4-0 lead. Arielys Rodriguez recorded a single and a RBI, as did Vanessa Quigley. Tirotta hit a sacrifice fly to right field that allowed Ashley Vasas to score the final run of the inning.
The Lady Saints put two runs on the scoreboard in both the sixth and seventh innings. Johnson tallied their lone run in the bottom of the sixth. Senior captain and pitcher Jenna Crowley limited the Badgers to four hits. The Lady Saints had 10 hits throughout the contest.
McKenzie Ebert recorded two hits, two RBI and one run. Tirotta finished with one hit, one run and two RBI, including one from her solo home run. Timell Montgomery had two hits and scored two runs. Vasas tallied two runs and one hit.
In game two, the Badgers led 5-1 going into the sixth inning. The Lady Saints had an eight-run sixth inning to rally late in the game. Ebert got the bats going with a long single to right center field. Montgomery scored off Ebert's hit. Katie Jenkins reached base on a single to right field and sent Ebert to third base. With two outs, Jenkins Ebert scored on a passed ball to make the game 5-3.
Rodriguez reached first on a throwing error by Johnson's shortstop and Jenkins was able to round the bases for a run. A single by Sierra Jaeger sent Rodriguez home for the game-tying run. CSJ scored two more runs off errors by the Badgers and a single by Ebert recorded two RBI to close the inning's scoring.
Ahead 9-5 going into the seventh inning, Quigley lead off with a single to right field to reach base. Tirotta then unleashed a triple to left field that sent Quigley home and put the Fighting Saints up 10-5. Tirotta scored the final run of the game on a passed ball.
Ebert had another successful game at the plate, as she tallied three RBI, two hits and one run. Shelby Fenton recorded two hits, two runs and Tirotta and Montgomery each had two runs, one RBI, one hit. Crowley pitched the last three innings of the game and threw three strikeouts to earn her second win of the day on the pitcher's mound.
The Fighting Saints play next on Wednesday, April 18 at Fisher College at 5 p.m.