College of St. Joseph's softball team will play defending Yankee Small College Conference (YSCC) Champions New Hampshire Technical Institute (NHTI) in Concord, N.H. on Wednesday, May 3 at 3:30 p.m.
NHTI is 23-5 on the year and 6-0 in YSCC play. The Lady Saints are 5-1 in conference play and 16-16 overall after sweeping two games against Great Bay Community College on Saturday, April 28. CSJ defeated GBCC 17-0 and 23-4.
The Lynx played GBCC on Wednesday, April 25 and won 18-1 and 11-0.
The Lady Saints and NHTI split two contests during the YSCC Fall Ball Tournament, with CSJ taking the first game 3-1 and the Lynx closely winning the second 6-5.
In the Saints' 3-1 win on Sept. 16, first-year player McKenzie Ebert pitched a six-hitter for her first career win. Classmate Vanessa Quigley led the offense with two hits, two RBIs. Shelby Fenton hit a double, while Arielys Rodriguez, Jenna Crowley, Lena Tirotta and Ashley Vasas also provided hits in the contest.
The second game, a 6-5 loss for the Saints, was abundant with hits for both teams. NHTI tallied 13 and CSJ had 10. CSJ had a 2-0 lead after four innings, but the Lyx put up six runs in the fifth to take the lead.
The Lady Saints clawed back into the game with two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning and one in the bottom of the seventh, but their efforts to rally were not rewarded with a victory. Ebert took the loss on the mound. Tirotta hit her first career home run in the seventh inning. She finished with two hits, as did Quigley and Rodriguez.
The doubleheader on Thursday, May 3 marks the end of regular season play for both squads.