DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. (Apr. 18, 2017) – Powered by home runs from juniors Cassidy Wootten (Ardsley, N.Y./Monroe College) and Allie Pellizzaro (Victoria, British Columbia/Eastern Arizona CC) and freshmen Kendall Meeks (Guysville, Ohio/Alexander) and Destini Bullock (San Diego, Calif./Helix), the Mercy College softball team earned a doubleheader sweep of ECC foe St. Thomas Aquinas College with 13-1 and 7-3 victories on Tuesday afternoon at Smith Field.
The Mavericks (22-8, 13-5 ECC) have won five of their last six games and have their most ECC wins since 2013, while the Spartans (14-18, 4-10 ECC) have dropped four games in a row.
Game 1: Mercy 13, St. Thomas Aquinas 1 – 5 Innings
Mercy exploded for 13 runs and 16 hits in taking game one in five innings. Both teams went scoreless in the first inning, but the Mavericks put together seven runs in the bottom of the second to take a 7-0 lead. Wootten began the inning with a single before Meeks smacked a home run to right center that scored Wootten, making it 2-0.
Sophomore Kaylee Stevens (Simi Valley, Calif./Royal) singled and junior Baylee McCormick (Las Vegas, Nev./Indian Springs) doubled to put runners on second and third with no outs. After a pair of outs, junior Morgan Lloyd (East Lyme, Conn./East Lyme) singled up the middle to score Stevens and McCormick, increasing the Mercy lead to 4-0. Bullock capped off the scoring in the inning with a three-run bomb over the right center field fence to put the Mavericks up 7-0.
The Spartans came back with their lone run of the game in the top of the third as Amanda Schweitzer singled home Ashley Landolina to make it 7-1. After going down in order in the third inning, the Mavericks responded by plating six runs in the fourth to up the lead to 13-1. Pellizzaro led off the frame with a home run to left field before Wootten doubled later in the inning to bring in Bullock and sophomore Emma Gilaga (Elmwood Park, N.J./Elmwood Park Memorial). Stevens and Pellizzaro later contributed RBI singles to end the scoring in the inning.
Stevens tossed a scoreless fifth inning to give Mercy the win via the run-rule.
Bullock went 2-for-3 with three RBI and two runs scored, while Wootten went 3-for-3 with two RBI. Pellizzaro went 2-for-4 with three RBI and Meeks went 2-for-3 with two RBI. Lloyd batted 3-for-4 with two RBI and Stevens went 2-for-3 with an RBI. Stevens went the distance with five strikeouts to earn her seventh win.
Schweitzer went 1-for-1 with an RBI for the Spartans and Julie Sosnicki took the loss in the circle.
Game 2: Mercy 7, St. Thomas Aquinas 3
The nightcap saw the Spartans jump out to a 1-0 lead in their first at bat on an unearned run. The contest remained 1-0 until the bottom of the fifth when Stevens hit an RBI single that scored Gilaga to tie the game up at 1-1.
After St. Thomas Aquinas went down in order in the sixth, the Mavericks put together six runs in the bottom of the sixth to take a commanding 7-1 lead. Pellizzaro got the scoring started with an RBI single that scored senior Janelle Wade (West Chester, Pa./Henderson) before Lloyd singled home Pellizzaro in the next at bat to make it 3-1. Bullock went on to notch an RBI off a fielder's choice to bring the score to 4-1 before Wootten put the game away with a three-run home run over the left field fence to conclude the scoring.
The Spartans put together two runs in the top of the seventh off sophomore starter McKaily Cusumano (Monroe, Mich./Monroe), but the rally came up short and the Mavericks came away with the sweep.
Wootten went 1-for-3 with three RBI and Lloyd went 1-for-3 with an RBI. Pellizzaro went 1-for-2 with an RBI and Cusumano went the distance with two earned runs allowed to pick up her third win.
Landolina went 4-for-4 with two runs for the Spartans and Colleen Borum allowed four earned runs in five innings to take the loss.
Head Coach Mike Fazio and the Mavericks resume action on Thursday, April 20th when they host Felician at 2:30 p.m.