DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. (Apr. 20, 2017) – Powered by two home runs on the day from junior Cassidy Wootten (Ardsley, N.Y./Monroe College), the Mercy College softball team earned a doubleheader sweep of Felician University on Thursday afternoon at Smith Field. The Mavericks took the opener 4-3 before earning a 14-0 victory in the nightcap.
The Mavericks (24-8) have won seven of their last eight games, while the Golden Falcons (18-21) have dropped three games in a row. Mercy surpasses their win total from all of last year and have their most wins since the 2013 season.
Game 1: Mercy 4, Felician 3
The Golden Falcons were the first to get on the board in game one, recording two runs on two hits in the top of the first inning. A double to left field from Mia Montoya would bring Jackie Duenas home to put Felician on the board early. Steph Donah then singled to right field to allow Montoya home, giving Felician a 2-0 lead.
The Mavericks wasted little time, as they were able to record one run in the bottom of the first when senior Janelle Wade (Westchester, Pa. / Henderson) showed her aggressive base running and was able to score on a Felician fielding error. The Mavericks trailed 2-1 after one inning of play.
The next three innings would remain scoreless, as both teams were able to record hits but were not able to score. Felician increased their lead to 3-1 in the top of the fifth inning when Mia Montoya was able to score her second run of the game off a fielder's choice to second base.
Wootten made sure to keep the Mavericks in the game, when she homered to left field in the bottom of the sixth to bring the Mavericks within just one run of the Golden Falcons. A tough Mercy defense was able to allow no runs scored in the top of the seventh to put the Mavericks back at the plate.
Freshman Kendall Meeks (Guysville, Ohio / Alexander) led the Mavericks to the win in the bottom of the seventh inning when she singled to right field and advanced to second on the throw, bringing home two runs for Mercy for the walk off victory.
Wootten went 2-for-4 with one run scored and one RBI. Freshman Destini Bullock (San Diego, Calif. / Helix) went 2-for-4 with one run scored. Sophomore Kaylee Stevens (Simi Valley, Calif. / Royal) threw all seven innings for the Mavericks, recording a game-high four strikeouts. Ashley Owens threw four innings for the Golden Falcons in the loss, striking out one Maverick.
Game 2: Mercy 14, Felician 0
The Mavericks continued to swing the bat well in the nightcap, finishing with 14 runs on 18 hits while limiting the Golden Falcons to just five hits and no runs scored.
Mercy ended any doubt of the result of the contest in the bottom of the first inning, as they plated five runs on seven hits to take a commanding 5-0 lead. Senior Julie Gross (Port Monmouth, N.J. / Middletown North) began the scoring with a single to left center field before junior Allie Pellizzaro ( Victoria, British Columbia / Eastern Arizona CC) doubled down the left field line, bringing the score to 3-0. Next up was Wootten, who would blast her second home run of the afternoon to left center field for a two-run shot, closing out the inning with a score of 5-0.
The second inning was quiet, as neither team were able to record runs. Mercy had another explosive inning in the bottom of the third, as they were able to record another seven runs on seven hits. The scoring began when senior Katiana Golino (Carteret, N.J. / Carteret) received a walk, allowing Pellizzaro to score the first run of the inning. Singles from junior Skania Lemus (Chula Vista, Calif. / Southwestern CC), Wade, junior Morgan Lloyd (East Lyme, Conn. / East Lyme), and Bullock brought the Mavericks lead to 11-0. Lloyd would score the final run of the inning after Wootten was able to reach first on a Golden Falcons fielding error.
The Mavericks eventually earned the sweep in the bottom of the fourth inning, when they were able to tack on two more runs after freshman Jessica Lombardi (Cliffside Park, N.J. / Cliffside Park) singled to third base, allowing two runs to score after a Felician error. Senior Jackie Kielty (Middleboro, Mass./Dean College) threw four innings for the Mavericks, striking out four batters to earn the win.
Lloyd went 3-for-3 in the nightcap with two runs scored and one RBI. Gross went 2-for-3 at the plate with one run scored and one RBI.
Head Coach Mike Fazio and the Mavericks look to make it six wins in a row when they host Caldwell University in a non-conference doubleheader on Saturday, April 22nd at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.