The Suffolk University Softball team swept a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) double header on Friday afternoon over the Emmanuel College Saints. The Rams were victorious in game one 7-1 and used a 3-2 game two win for the twinbill sweep.
Freshman Sarah Chasse (Salem, Mass.) was once again dominant on the mound for the Rams, picking up the win in the opener before closing out the nightcap for her third save of the season to propel the Rams to victory.
Game One: Suffolk 7 Emmanuel 1
A five run third inning set the table for the Rams in the opener as they cruised to a 7-1 victory over the Saints.
The Rams got on the board early scoring a pair of runs in their first at bat as sophomore Nikki Cignarella (Norwood, Mass.) drove in two with a single with a two-out single to right to give Suffolk the early 2-0 edge.
In the third, the first seven hitters the Rams sent to the plate would reach base safely as they scored five times on five hits. Chasse opened the inning with a double and was plated by a single off the bat of freshman Nicole Rosa (Wallingford, Conn.). Sophomore Erin McAndrews (Marblehead, Mass.) would follow Rosa with an RBI single. Senior Karina Bolster (Carlisle, Pa.) drove in a run later in the inning on a fielder's choice, and freshman Alicia Gonnella (Bridgewater, N.J.) capped the scoring with a single later in the inning as the Rams built a 7-1 lead after three innings of play.
Chasse had little problems with the Saints lineup as she improved to an 11-9 mark on the season for the Rams. Chasse fanned seven hitters allowing one run on four hits.
The Saints lone run of the game came in the second inning as junior Jackie Murray (Saugus, Mass.) knocked in junior Laura Benvenuto (Wyckoff, N.J.) with a single.
Game Two: Suffolk 3 Emmanuel 2
The Rams got on the board first in game two as Karina Bolster connected on her first home run of the season to lead off the second inning.
Jessica Murray picked up her second RBI of the day in the third for the Saints and she once again scored Laura Bevenuto, this time with an RBI groundout to first.
Nicole Rosa drove in the go-ahead run in the fifth inning with a single to plate Sarah Chasse, who reached on an infield error with one out and Erin McAndrews would knock in what would turn out to be the game winning run with a sacrifice fly to center field in the following at-bat.
The Saints would threaten in the sixth inning as freshman Julie Dimirali (West Roxbury, Mass.) double and sophomore Jennifer Garrity (Lynn, Mass.) would hit consecutive doubles with one out to make it a 3-2 game and chase Suffolk starter Alicia Gonnella from the contest.
Chasse would enter the game from centerfield and would end the threat would two groundouts to end the innning. Chasse pitched the final inning and two-thirds to record her third save of the season.
Gonnella moved to 4-3 on the year for the Rams as she struck out nine in 5 1/3 innings of work. The only two hits she allowed were the doubles in the fifth.
Junior Kelly Lloyd (Issaquah, Wash.) pitched well in the loss for the Saints as she scattered eight hits through six innnings of work while striking out five hitters. Lloyd allowed three runs, only one run charged was earned.