Pilgrims battle tough competition in Florida
New England College softball faced off against tough competition in Cocoa Beach, Fla. falling to DIII powerhouse Brandies University and DII opponent Slippery Rock University. The Pilgrims finished the trip with an overall record of 1-7 picking up a win over in-region opponent University of New England in their final game.
NEC opened their trip dropping a double header to Brandies University. The Pilgrims would battle but Brandeis would use a nine run second inning to beat the Pilgrims 18-1 in game one and score in all but the second inning to top NEC 8-0 in game two. The Pilgrims would go on to play four games over a three day span against Slippery Rock University. The Pilgrims would struggle offensively losing to the Rock 4-0 and 12-0 on day one but would get on the board in the second double header two days later losing just 8-2 in game one and falling 11-1 in game two. NEC would close out the week against conference opponent University of New England. UNE would score five runs in the fifth inning to help lift them to the 9-4 game one victory but NEC would hold the Nor’easters to just one run in game two beating UNE 3-1 to pick up their first win of the season.
Leading the way offensively for the Pilgrims was junior Alexandria Sacco. Sacco (Tewksbury, Mass.) started all eight games for the Pilgrims and hit a team-best .348 with a double and three runs scored. Senior outfielder Liz Ross (W. Hartford, Conn.) played in six games and hit .313 with three runs scored, while first-year player Melinda Robbins (Oxford, Mass.) was the only other Pilgrim to hit over .300.
On the mound for the Pilgrims junior Deanna Brayton (Queensbury, N.Y.) appeared in four games and picked up the win over UNE allowing just one run on six hits in the win.
The Pilgrims return to action on Saturday, Mar. 29 when they travel to take on conference powerhouse Endicott College at 12:00 p.m.