MILTON, Mass. – The Curry College softball team picked up its first sweep of the season, topping Dean College 9-1 in six innings in the opener and then took the nightcap by a 10-3 final. The wins send the Colonels to 9-17 while the Bulldogs fall to 6-20 on the season.
Game One – Curry 9, Dean 1 (6 innings)
Curry opened the scoring in the opener in the bottom of the first inning, tallying two runs. Mikayla Lambert (Blackstone, Mass.) got things started with an RBI single to left field, which drove in Allison May (West Bridgewater, Mass.). The Colonels tacked on another when Kiana Lloyd hit a base knock to left to plate Kevi Oatway (East Hartford, Conn.).
The next scoring chances came in the fourth as May delivered a single to left to plate Carolyn Lynch (Ipswich, Mass.) and then the Colonels broke the game open with a two-RBI double from Kevi Oatway (East Hartford, Conn.) to go up 5-0.
Dean got on the scoreboard in the fifth inning after Olivia Cassidy (Concord, Mass.) reached on an error by the second baseman. The misplay allowed Courtney Holden (Bridgeport, Conn.) to cross home to make the score 5-1.
Curry got a run back in the sixth, thanks to an RBI single to second base from May. The base hit scored Caroline Johnson (Milton, Mass.). Later in the frame, Lambert singled to center field to plate Jocelyn Dimond (Weare, N.H.) and Taylor Newcomb (Millville, Mass.).
May and Newcomb paced the Colonels in the opener with three hits in four at-bats. Lambert was the lone Curry student-athlete with multiple hits.
Alexandra Langhans (Naugatuck, Conn.) and Ali Nelson (Candia, N.H.) tallied two hits apiece to lead the Bulldogs.
Lambert was awarded the victory, going five innings of action. The senior allowed one run on six while striking out seven and walking one. Karissa Menzinger (Centereach, N.Y.) was tabbed with the loss, surrendering nine runs on 12 hits while striking out five and walking four.
Game Two – Curry 10, Dean 3
Dean was the first to strike in game two, scoring one run in the top of the first. After Makenzie Souza (New Bedford, Mass.) reached on an error by the center fielder, Danielle Dumont (Nashua N.H.) was able to score to give the Bulldogs the early lead.
Curry tacked on four in the bottom of the first frame to gain their first advantage. Oatway opened the scoring drawing a bases load walk to plate Dimond. A sacrifice fly to left from Michaela Colleran (East Bridgewater, Mass.) was deep enough to score Talia Forte (North Scituate, R.I.). The inning's scoring was closed after Newcomb converted a two-RBI double to score Oatway and Lambert.
The Colonels broke the game open in the third, tallying five runs. Lloyd opened the frame with her first career home run. The round-tripper also plated Colleran to make the score 6-1. Madeline Critch (Halifax, Mass.) followed with a single to right to score Newcomb while Forte and Lambert drove in runs to push the lead to eight, 9-1.
The Bulldogs got two runs back in the fourth on RBI single from Cassidy.
Curry was able to answer and get one run back in the fifth when Lambert singled to left to score May.
Nine different players tallied hits in the nightcap for the Colonels while Melanie Rios-Nevarez (Vega Alta, Puerto Rico) led Dean with two hits.
Rebecca Black (East Greenwich, R.I.) recorded the victory in the circle. The senior pitched three innings and only gave up one run on one hit. She struck out four and walked one for her fourth win of the season. Nelson was credited with the loss for Dean, tossing six innings of action.
Curry continues its late-season homestand with a conference doubleheader against the University of New England starting at 3:00. Dean will next play at Pine Manor on Wednesday in a doubleheader starting at 3:00.