IMMACULATA, Pa. – The fifth-seeded Wesley College softball team now controls their own destiny in Pod B of the Atlantic East Conference Championship Tournament after picking up two wins on the opening day of the pod over the second seed and host Immaculata Mighty Macs and the third seed Cabrini Cavaliers on Saturday.
Game 1 - Wesley 5, Immaculata 4
Insurance runs in the seventh inning provided enough cushion for Wesley to pick up the 5-4 win over the second seed Immaculata Mighty Macs to open Pod B.
Immaculata opened the second inning in the game when Kayla Sponsel scored from third base on a wild pitch.
Wesley took the 2-1 lead over Immaculata in the fourth inning. After Ashley Royer opened the inning with a single, Brandi Dalious smacked an RBI double down the left field line. Two batters later, Karina Cardona brought Dalious in on an RBI single to right.
Immaculata trimmed Wesley's lead to one run in the bottom of the seventh when Keani Hindle hit a three-run homer. With the tying run on first, Jessica Anderson induced a fly out to left field to end the game.
Monzo and Curry's homers in the seventh were both of their first collegiate home runs.
Dori Loukopoulos collected her eighth win of the season while Anderson notched her second save of the season.
Game 2 – Wesley 16, Cabrini 1 (5 inn.)
Wesley pounded out 13 hits and five home runs en route to a 16-1 run-rule victory over the Cabrini Cavaliers.
Dalious set the tone of the game in early goings with a two-run shot to left field to give Wesley the two-run lead in the first inning.
After Cabrini cut the lead in half in the top of the third, Wesley responded in a big way in the bottom half of the third with 12 runs coming across to score in the inning. Miranda Kinney unloaded a three-run shot for the first runs of the inning. After a pitching change, Wesley drew back-to-back walks and an Amanda Curry two-run single to push Wesley's lead to 9-1. Later in the inning, Wesley connected on back-to-back homers to left field by Abbey Mayse and Brooke Retkowski to extend their lead to 14-1.
The dingers kept coming as Karina Cardona launched a two-run bomb in the fourth to give Wesley the 16-1 lead over Cabrini.
Mayse and Retkowski continued the theme of the first game with their first collegiate home runs. Mayse's grand slam in the third inning was the first extra-base hit of her collegiate career.
Cardona led the way with three hits while Kinney and Megan DiRubbio each notched two hits and two runs scored. Dalious and Kinney drove in three runs apiece in the win.
Jessica Anderson only allowed two hits and a run with six strikeouts to earn her seventh win of the season.
Wesley (18-20) will play Immaculata tomorrow in the final day of Pod B in the Atlantic East Conference Championship Tournament. First pitch is set for 10 a.m. with an if necessary game to follow.