PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Saturday afternoon, the AMCATS opened their conference schedule against the Wildcats in Providence. Unfortunately for the 'Cats, they were riding a 0-8 start to the season and hadn't stepped on the field in a competitive game in two weeks after returning from Florida and having their only games against Elms college, at home, cancelled due to a snow covered field. They lost both of their conference openers to the pre-season number one team in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference, 10-1 and 16-0.
In game one, the AMCATS put together six hits, getting a three hit day from Kayla Magierowski who went three-for-three on the day and scored the lone run. Senior Amanda Lemire also had a multi-hit game, going two-for-three in the game. Lemire also pitched an inning in relief, allowing two hits and no runs. Camylle Johnson had the sixth hit for the AMCAT offense in a one-for-two effort.
The Wildcats posted 12 hits on the day with multi-hit games from Brenna Duperry, Meghan Gavin, Jennifer Corona, who had a team lead three hits, and Tiffani Semanchick. Duperry drove in two runs and scored three of her own. Corona drove in three and score two. Katie Rufo, went one-for-three in the game with her lone hit coming in the form of a two-run homer. Starting pitcher, Corona allowed just two hits, no runs, walked one and struck out eight AMCAT hitters.
JWU controlled the game the whole way through, scoring their first runs in the top of the first inning, going up 4-0 on a Corona triple that scored two runs and then the Rufo home run, scoring two more.
In the second, the Wildcats added another run on a Gavin double scoring Duperry to give the hosts a 5-0 lead, acting as the away team in this game.
In the third inning, Johnson & Wales added two more runs to give them a 7-0 lead when Corona scored on an error and Kayla McKinnon scored on a Semanchik single back up the middle.
The Wildcats would add another run in the fourth when Corona singled to score Kristin Frost giving their team an 8-0 lead.
Finally, in the bottom of the fifth, the AMCATS would strike for a run on a Jacqueline Lapierre grounded that ended up being a fielder's choice, scoring Magierowski.
Down 8-1, the AMCATS gave up two more runs in the bottom of the sixth on a Duperry homer scoring herself and Semanchik, ending the game after six on run rule, 10-1 in favor of the Wildcats.
In game two, the 'Cats were only able to get three runners in the game, two by way of hits. Amanda Lemire and Victoria Falco each singled, accounting for the hits, and freshman Yolani Doddy walked in a pinch hit appearance. The AMCATS score no runs in the game and sent four pitchers to the circle but none of them had an answer for the Wildcats offense.
Johnson & Wales put up 10 hits in the game, scoring 16 runs, receiving multi-hit games from Brenna Duperry, Tiffani Semanchik, and Taylor Fay. Duperry drove in a run and scored three of her own while Semanchik drove in two and scored three times. The Wildcats split the pitching duties between Saxon Bresnahan and Kristin Frost. Between the two, they pitched five innings, allowing just the two hits, one walk and struck out five AMCAT hitters.
With the final score 16-0, the Wildcats scored in four of the five innings played with the AMCATS having no answer for the pitching, defense, or offense of JWU. At the end of four and a half innings, the Wildcats led 16-0 and the went down in order to end the game and the day with the AMCATS falling to 0-10 on the year, 0-2 in the GNAC.
The AMCATS are back in action tomorrow afternoon in Nashua, N.H. taking on Rivier University, continuing their GNAC schedule.