MILTON, Mass. – The Curry College softball team lost two games to non-league opponent Bridgewater State University on Thursday afternoon at D. Forbes Will Field. The wins send the Bears to 10-15 overall while the Colonels fall to 10-17 on the season.
Game One – Bridgewater State 10, Curry 2 (5 innings)
BSU pounded out 11 hits and scored 10 runs as starting pitcher freshman Kelley Reichert (Milford, Mass.) allowed just two earned run on five hits to go along with four strikeouts in 5.0 innings of work to secure the win (3-5).
The Bears jumped on the board in the first, tallying three runs. Senior Jenny Heller (Taunton, Mass.) drove a ball out to left which was dropped. The error allowed freshman Megan Sharon (East Longmeadow, Mass.) and senior Courtney Gouveia (Taunton, Mass.) to score. Sophomore Alexandra Ruprecht (Kingston, Mass.) converted a single to left field to plate Heller for the 3-0 lead.
The Colonels answered right back in the bottom of the first, scoring twice. Sophomore Alexandra Chase (Biddeford, Maine) connected on a single to left center, which plated juniors Caroline Johnson (Milton, Mass.) and Michaela Colleran (East Bridgewater, Mass.).
Bridgewater State extended the advantage in the second. Sharon factored into the frame's first run as she singled to third base to score junior Samantha Mulcahy (Taunton, Mass.). Ruprecht manufactured the next run, driving in Sharon on a sacrifice fly to left field.
The Bears pushed across the rest of their runs in the top of the fourth. Sharon led off the inning with a homer to right field. Following a groundout and a pop out, Ruprecht homered to left field. Three more runs would come home in the frame to end the game in five innings by a 10-2 final.
Mulcahy, Sharon, Ruprecht, and junior Meghan Navarro (Taunton, Mass.) each had two hits for BSU. Colleran was the lone Colonel with multiple hits with two.
Sophomore pitcher Carrigan Costello (Wolcott, Conn.) was tagged with the loss in the circle. She lasted all five innings and gave up 10 runs (six earned) on 11 hits. Additionally, Costello struck out one and walked two.
Game Two – Bridgewater State 4, Curry 1
Bridgewater State got on the board in the top of the second. Heller led off the frame with a single to right field and later scored on a sacrifice bunt by Ruprecht.
The Bears added three runs in the fifth to push the lead to 4-0. Mulcahy doubled to right field to plate freshman Alexandra Taylor (Hebron, Conn.) and freshman Emma Healy (Plymouth, Mass.). Later in the frame Sharon singled through the left side to send Mulcahy home.
Curry pushed made one last push for the lead in the bottom of the seventh. Freshman Liana Duarte (Taunton, Mass.) started the inning with a single through the left side. Sophomore Taylor Newcomb (Millville, Mass.) brought Duarte around home with a single to right field for the 4-1 final.
Junior Natalie Sorrenti (Bridgewater, Mass.) picked up the complete-game victory, scattering one run and four hits over seven innings of work with three strikeouts. Heller had two hits in the contest. Newcomb suffered the loss for the Colonels, going the distance. She allowed four runs on eight hits while striking out one and walking three.
Curry will stay at home to host Roger Williams in a conference doubleheader on Saturday, April 13 starting at 1:00 p.m. Bridgewater State returns home and will welcome in league opponent Fitchburg State for a doubleheader beginning at 1:00 p.m.