NEWPORT, R.I. – Freshman Jennifer Edine (Warwick, R.I.) drove in three runs in game one and sophomore Jillian Quintana (Denver, Colo.) belted a three-run home run in game two in Salve Regina University’s doubleheader sweep of Regis (Mass.) College in The Commonwealth Coast Conference (TCCC) softball action Sunday afternoon at Toppa Field. The Seahawks won game one, 8-0, in six innings and game two, 10-0, in five innings.
Sophomores Zeena Barbarita (Johnson, R.I.) and Ali Muehlbronner (Glenside, Pa.) each drove in a pair of runs in the opener, and freshman Marissa Simpson (Brimfield, Mass.) tossed six shutout innings of two-hit ball. In the nightcap, Simpson and junior Nikki Hirschbeck (Shelton, Conn.) knocked in two runs each for the Seahawks.
After a scoreless first inning in game one, the Seahawks scored at least one run in each of the next five innings. Edine and Muehlbronner each brought home runs in the second to stake SRU to a 2-0 lead, and Barbarita plated the Seahawks third run with an RBI groundout in the third. Simpson plated the Seahawks fourth run in the fourth inning to push the lead to 4-0. In the fifth, Edine singled home a pair of runners, and after stealing second came around to score on a single by Muehlbronner. Barbarita ended the game with an RBI single down the left field line in the sixth.
The Seahawks pushed across a single run in the first inning of game two to grab an early lead, then put up a ‘9’ spot in the second to take a commanding 10-0 lead. Simpson doubled down the left field line with the bases loaded to plate two runners, and Quintana followed with a blast to left-center that cleared the bases and stretched the lead to 6-0. Salve Regina added four more runs, highlighted by a two-run single by Hirschbeck.
Simpson struck out 11 in the opener to improve to 3-2 on the season. Junior Kendra Abram (Acushnet, Mass.) started for the Pride (1-16, 0-6 TCCC) and allowed eight runs (seven earned) on nine hits in 5.2 innings of work. She walked three and struck out three.
Sophomore Jen Cruver (North Haven, Conn.) scattered five hits and struck out six in 5.0 innings in game two. Abram lasted three innings in the nightcap, allowing 10 runs (two earned) on nine hits. The Pride committed a total of eight errors on the afternoon.
The Seahawks host Gordon Tuesday at 4 p.m. The Pride host University of New England Wednesday at 4 p.m.