Softball Picks Up First GNAC Win in Split with Rivier

Softball Picks Up First GNAC Win in Split with Rivier

WESTON, Mass. - The Regis (Mass.) softball team picked up its first ever Great Northeast Athletic Conference win on Wednesday evening, as the Pride split with Rivier University in conference action at Regis Field. Regis won game one 3-1, before the Raiders rebounded with a 10-0 five-inning victory in game two.

With the split, the Pride moves to 5-15 on the season and 1-11 in the GNAC. Rivier moves to 9-21 overall this season and 4-12 in conference play.

In the first game of the evening, the Raiders struck first in the top of the fourth. Taylor Rowsell (Chelmsford, Mass.) doubled to center field earning a RBI with Kasey Smith (Hopkinton, N.H.) scoring the run. The double was the only hit sophomore Madi McLellan (Fremont, N.H.) would allow in her outing, and gave Rivier a 1-0 lead.

The Pride fought their way back in the fifth, however. Ellery Rasmussen (Kingston, N.H.) started the run for the Pride with a RBI single to right field with Erika Andreoli (Naugatuck, Conn.) scoring the run. Alexa Nejaime (Sandisfield, Mass.) and McLellan also had RBI singles in the fifth to make the score 3-1.

The three runs were all the Pride pitching pitching would need McLellan gets the win. Allie Petillo (West Sayville, N.Y.) got her first career save as the Pride, allowing one hit and no runs in an inning and a third. Kellie Kennedy (Hudson, N.H.) received the loss, for the Raiders allowing eight hits and three runs in four and a third.

Rivier pitcher Courtney Trahan (Brooklyn, Conn.) was the story of game number two, as the sophomore threw a no-hitter. Trahan needed only 55 pitches to no-hit the Pride for her third win of the season.

Trahan got all the run support she would need in the top of the first inning, even helping her own cause. After an RBI groundout by Rowsell and a bases loaded walk, Trahan recorded an RBI single down the left field line, putting her team ahead 3-0.

Rowsell dealt the Pride a big blow in the top of the second to put the game out of reach in the second inning, roping a bases-clearing double to left to put her team ahead 6-0. The Raiders would tack on a pair of runs in both the third and fourth innings as well, giving the game its final score of 10-0.

Petillo got the loss in game two, throwing 1+ inning and allowing five earned runs. Freshman Alyssa Rossillo (Sudbury, Mass.) came on in relief, allowing four earned on six hits in four innings of work for the Pride.

Trahan was not only stellar in the circle in her no-no, but she also went 3-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored. Smith also had a big game at the plate for the visitors, going 3-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored.

Next up for the Pride, they will take on Anna Maria on Saturday. First pitches are scheduled for 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Next up for the Raiders, they will take on Saint Joseph's (Me.), also on Saturday.