Pilgrims Sail Past Eagles’ Softball
POULTNEY, Vt. – Olivia Stanley and Elizabeth Harrigan each pitched complete games only allowing three runs between them as New England College swept a North Atlantic Conference doubleheader against Green Mountain College on Tuesday afternoon at Veteran’s Memorial Park.
NEC’s Stanley hurled a three-hitter over five innings while striking out seven Eagle batters to earn her fourth win of the season.
The right hander received plenty of support from her offense as the Pilgrim hitters took advantage of several Eagle fielding miscues to easily take the first game 16-1.
New England College (7-11, 7-1 NAC) scored at least once in each inning to pull away with a victory. Seven of the Pilgrim batters enjoyed multiple hit days. Taylor Belsito had a productive day at the plate going 3-for-4 with four runs scored and three RBI. Although she just went 1-for-2, Brittney Distante led the offense with three RBI thanks to a bases clearing double. Kiley Williams produced three runs from the top of the order thanks to a 2-for-4 day at the dish.
Chelsea Paul took the complete game loss for the Eagles in game one. She was around the plate all afternoon as she did not walk a batter, but when the ball was put in play, the Eagles just could not convert any outs.
Casey McGill led the offense with two hits in two at bats and drove in the lone run for the Eagles. Paul also recorded a hit and scored the only run.
The nightcap saw the Pilgrims put up five spots in the second, third and fifth innings en route to a 15-2 win.
Alyssa Krause and Maranda Johnson were the big bats for the Pilgrims in game two as they combined to drive in seven runs while scoring one each. Alyssa Hoot crossed the plate three times for the visitors in the second game and right behind her were five teammates who each scored twice.
Harrigan took advantage of the ample run support to claim her third victory of the season as she hurled a complete game over five innings, striking out four against two walks.
Green Mountain College (0-16, 0-8, NAC) got three innings out of Amber Heath in the circle before being replaced by Hayley Provost who finished the game.
The Eagles’ Paul provided two of the three hits against Harrigan as she singled twice while scoring once. Provost accounted for the other Eagles’ run while Heath and McGill each recorded one RBI.
GMC will prepare for a non-conference game on Thursday against SUNY Cobleskill which starts at 3 p.m. NEC will also play Thursday, as the team returns to Vermont to face Castleton at 3 p.m.