(5/5) Freedom Conference Tournament
Wilkes 5 Delaware Valley 0
Wilkes 4 FDU-Florham 1
Wilkes 5 King's 1
King's 6 Wilkes 3
King’s College overcame a spirited effort from Wilkes University to post a 6-3 win over the Lady Colonels and claim the Freedom Conference softball title on Saturday afternoon at the Ralston Complex.
The Lady Monarchs improved to 33-7 overall and copped the conference’s automatic bid into the upcoming NCAA Division III Tournament. Wilkes saw their record fall to 24-13.
Wilkes, which dropped a 1-0 decision to FDU-Florham in their opening game on Friday, rattled off three straight wins on Saturday to move into the championship contest. The Lady Colonels opened the day with a 5-0 win over Delaware Valley College. They would exact some revenge in their next game when they posted a 4-1 victory over FDU-Florham. Wilkes forced a seventh and deciding game with King’s by scoring a 5-1 win over the Lady Monarchs in their third game of the day.
The Lady Colonels took a 1-0 lead in the title game when Gina Stefanelli hit a solo homer in the third inning.
The game would stay that way until King’s used a homer of their own to take control in the fifth. Abbey Knoblauch and Justine Maggio singled to start the inning. Leanne Harvey followed by reaching on an error that loaded the bases with no outs. Mari Valonis would provide the decisive blow when she cracked a grand slam to right-center field that gave King’s a 4-1 lead.
Wilkes cut the lead to 4-2 in the sixth when Stefanelli hit her second homer of the game. But, King’s plated a pair of runs in the top of the seventh on RBI-singles by Julie Bidwell and Meaghan Galvin to extend the lead to 6-2.
Sara Miller would hit a solo homerun for Wilkes in the bottom of the seventh inning to make it 6-3. But, that is as close as the Lady Colonels would get.
Lindsay Hoerner (11-2), who was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player, picked up the win after scattering six hits in seven innings of work. Laurie Agresti (16-4), who pitched 22 of the 28 innings that Wilkes played on Saturday, suffered the loss. Agresti allowed eight hits and four earned runs, while striking out 10, in 6.2 innings.
Knoblauch had three hits to pace an 11-hit King’s attack. Valonis and Maggio contributed two hits apiece for the Lady Monarchs.
Agresti helped Wilkes force the deciding game by tossing a one-hitter in the Lady Colonels 5-1 win over King’s. The senior struck out 13 and walked only one. The lone hit she allowed was a lead-off bunt single to Harvey in the seventh. Kelsey Shreaves (14-3) took the loss after surrendering 12 hits and four earned runs in seven frames.
Wilkes jumped out to a 1-0 lead on a solo homer by Julie Henry in the bottom of the fourth. They would tack on one more run in the inning on an RBI-double by Stefanelli to make it 2-0.
The Lady Colonels pushed across three more runs in the sixth to extend their lead to 5-0. Alex Ingram led off with a single and moved to third on a one-out single by Stefanelli. Melisa Bracone followed with a base hit that scored Ingram and made it 3-0. A King’s error on a ball hit by Erin Plank would score Stefanelli and push the lead to 4-0. Kathy Dalton then delivered Bracone with a single to give Wilkes a 5-0 edge.
King’s scored their lone run in the seventh. After Harvey singled, Valonis reached on a two-base error to place runners at second and third. Agresti would strike out Hoerner before Rebecca Loring grounded out to score Harvey and cut the gap to 5-1. Agresti then got Shreaves to pop out in the infield to end the game.
Bracone had three hits to lead Wilkes, who had 12 hits in the game. Stefanelli, Dalton, Ingram and Kerry Finnerty added two hits each.
In game two of the day, FDU-Florham took a 1-0 lead in the third on an RBI-double by Katelyn Smith.
However, Wilkes would respond by scoring twice in both the fifth and seventh innings to pull out the win. Dalton singled, stole second and scored on a single by Katie Orr in the fifth to knot the game at 1-1. Orr, who raced all the way to third on the throw home trying to nail Dalton, would give Wilkes a 2-1 lead when she trotted home following a single by Stefanelli.
Dalton keyed the two-run spurt in the seventh by doubling to start the frame. After Dalton stole third, Miller stepped to the plate and ripped a two-run homer to provide the Lady Colonels with some breathing room, 4-1.
Evanich went the first 5.2 innings and allowed five hits and one unearned run to pick up the win and improve to 8-7. Agresti who struck out three in 1.1 innings of relief work, was credited with her first save of the season. Smith (12-6) pitched six innings and allowed six hits and three runs to take the loss for FDU-Florham.
Stefanelli and Dalton were two-time hitters for Wilkes in the contest. FDU-Florham had five hits by five different players. Smith’s double was the only extra-base hit for the Devils.
Wilkes opened the day with a 5-0 win over Delaware Valley to eliminate the Aggies. The game was tied at 0-0 before Bracone launched a two-run homer in the third to provide the Lady Colonels with a 2-0 lead.
Wilkes tacked on three runs in the fifth inning to pull away. Stefanelli reached on an error and Bracone singled to set the stage for a run-scoring double by Plank that scored Stefanelli and made it 3-0. Henry followed with a two-run single to up the lead to 5-0.
That was more than enough for Agresti, who twirled a two-hitter with 12 strikeouts to pick up the win. Jennifer Bummer (7-6) suffered the loss for Delaware Valley after allowing six hits and two earned runs in six innings.
Bracone and Plank had two hits each for Wilkes. Kim Harle and Maureen Ferguson had the hits for Delaware Valley.
(5/4) Freedom Conference Tournament
FDU-Florham 1 Wilkes 0
FDU-Florham scored an unearned run in the top of the fifth inning to post a 1-0 win over Wilkes University in the opening round of the Freedom Conference Softball Championship on Friday afternoon at the Ralston Complex.
The loss spoiled an outstanding effort by Lady Colonels senior hurler Laurie Agresti. Agresti became just the fifth pitcher in NCAA Division III history to surpass the 1,000 strikeout milestone for her career when she fanned Christine Heyl in the sixth inning. The right-hander concluded the day with 1,002 strikeouts during her illustrious career.
The tournament will continue on Saturday when Wilkes and Delaware Valley, who dropped a 4-3 verdict to King's in the opening round, meet in an elimination game at 9:00 a.m. The winner of that contest will take on FDU-Florham at 11:00 a.m. for a spot in the championship round opposite King’s, which dispatched FDU-Florham 11-3 in the final game of the day. Should the Lady Monarchs fall in the first championship game at 1:00 p.m., a deciding game would be played at 3:00 p.m.
FDU-Florham took advantage of two Wilkes defensive miscues in the fifth inning to plate the only run of the game and post the win.
Amy Beideman led off the inning with a walk. Leah Minnick followed with a sacrifice bunt that was thrown away allowing Beideman to reach third and Minnick to go to second. The ball was retrieved in the outfield, however the throw back into the infield was also off target and Beideman trotted home to give the Devils a 1-0 lead. With Minnick still on second Kristin Loriot got FDU-Florham’s only hit of the game, a single to center field. However, Wilkes center fielder Alex Ingram was able to nail Minnick at the plate for the final out of the inning.
The game featured an outstanding pitchers duel between FDU-Florham’s Katelyn Smith and Agresti. Smith (12-6) gave up only three hits and one walk, while striking out 12. Agresti (14-3) allowed just one hit and one walk and finished with 13 strikeouts.
Gina Stefanelli, Melisa Bracone and Erin Plank had a single apiece for Wilkes, which left five runners on base, including three in scoring position.
(4/29) Wilkes 4 Drew 0
Drew 5 Wilkes 2
The Wilkes University softball team concluded Freedom Conference play by splitting a pair of games at Drew University on Sunday afternoon. In the opener, the Lady Colonels rode the one-hit pitching of standout Laurie Agresti to a 4-0 win. The Rangers bounced back to post a 5-2 victory in the nightcap.
The split moves the Lady Colonels to 21-11 overall and 10-4 in the conference. Wilkes will be the number-two seed for the conference playoffs that will begin on Friday at the Ralston Complex. The Lady Colonels will meet third-seeded FDU-Florham in a winner’s bracket game at 1:00 p.m. Top-seeded King’s College and fourth-seeded Delaware Valley College will square off in the opening game at 11:00 a.m.
Agresti allowed only a lead-off single in the bottom of the first to Carrie Crowley. The right-hander struck out 15 hitters in the opener and walked only one to improve to 14-2 on the mound and lower her conference-leading earned run average to 0.72. April Jacob, who surrendered seven hits in going the distance for Drew, suffered the loss.
Gina Stefanelli led Wilkes at the plate with two hits. Stefanelli had an RBI-single in the third and delivered another run with a single in the fourth. Alex Ingram chipped in with a two-run single in the fourth for the Lady Colonels.
Lauren Collini twirled a six-hitter in the nightcap to lead the Rangers to the win. Samantha Evanich took the loss for Wilkes. She went four innings and allowed all five runs and five hits.
Agresti came on to pitch the final two innings, giving up just one hit and striking out four. In the process she raised her career strikeout total to 989 as she attempts to become just the fifth pitcher in Division III history to reach the 1,000 strikeout plateau.
Cailin McGrorry paced Drew offensively with two hits. Katie Orr was the lone two-time hitter for Wilkes with a pair of singles.
(4/26) Wilkes 5 Delaware Valley 0
Wilkes 3 Delaware Valley 0
Laurie Agresti and Samantha Evanich limited visiting Delaware Valley College to a combined seven hits in two games to help Wilkes University post a pair of shutout wins over the Aggies in a key Freedom Conference softball doubleheader on Thursday afternoon at Ralston Field.
Wilkes, behind the pitching of Agresti, posted a 5-0 victory in game one. Evanich took the mound for game two and led the Lady Colonels to a 3-0 win. The sweep improved Wilkes to 20-10 overall and clinched a conference playoff berth. The Lady Colonels are 9-3 in the conference and will host the conference tournament next Friday and Saturday. Delaware Valley, who can still claim their first playoff berth in 20 years if Drew University loses one of its final four conference games, fell to 16-12 overall and 8-6 in the conference.
Agresti was dominant in the opener, allowing only four singles to improve to 13-2 and lower her conference-leading earned run average to 0.78. The senior also struck out 15 hitters to increase her career total to 970 strikeouts as she attempts to become just the fifth pitcher in Division III history to reach the 1,000 strikeout plateau. Kirstyn Ruhling (6-5) took the loss for Delaware Valley after surrendering nine hits and four earned runs in six innings of work.
Wilkes scored the only run they would need in the second inning when Melisa Bracone singled, moved to second on a walk by Erin Plank, and scored on a single by Julie Henry to make it 1-0.
The Lady Colonels tacked on a single run in the fifth to extend their lead. Kathy Dalton led off with a single and advanced to second on a sacrifice by Katie Orr. A passed ball would allow Dalton to move to third. She would score on a fielder’s choice by Gina Steafanelli to give Wilkes a 2-0 advantage.
Wilkes would plate three runs in the sixth inning to put the game out of reach. With two outs and Plank, who reached on a fielder’s choice, on first, Sarah Elliott and Dalton both singled to load the bases. Katie Orr followed with a single to left field that scored both Plank and Elliott. The ball was misplayed in the outfield and Dalton was able to come all the way around to score to provide the Lady Colonels with a 5-0 edge.
Bracone, Elliott and Dalton had two hits apiece to lead the Wilkes offensive attack. Lacy Miles, Nancy Kauffman, Robyn Jackson and Maureen Ferguson had the hits for the Aggies.
Evanich was equally as impressive in game two as she allowed only three singles and struck out six to improve to 7-6 in the circle. Jennifer Bummer fell to 7-5 for Delaware Valley. She gave up six hits and struck out five in six innings.
The Lady Colonels did all of their damage in the fourth inning. With two outs and nobody on Bracone and Plank drew consecutive bases on balls. Sarah Miller then stepped to the plate and launched a three-run homer to left-center field to give Wilkes a 3-0 lead they would never relinquish.
Miller and Stefanelli led Wilkes at the plate. Miller had a single to go along with her homerun, while Stefanelli finished with a single and double. Delaware Valley got a single apiece from Kelly Andrew, Kauffman and Bummer.
(4/22) Wilkes 2 Elizabethtown 0
Elizabethtown 12 Wilkes 4 (5 Inn.)
Laurie Agresti twirled a four-hit shutout to make a pair of first inning runs stand up in Wilkes University’s 2-0 win over Elizabethtown College in the first game of their non-conference softball doubleheader on Sunday afternoon. The Blue Jays bounced back to score a 12-4 win in five innings in the nightcap.
The Lady Colonels ran their overall record to 18-10 with the split. Elizabethtown saw their record move to 14-14 overall.
Agresti improved to 12-2 on the mound this season by giving up only four singles. The senior struck out nine to up her career total to 955 strikeouts in her attempt to become only the fifth pitcher in Division III history to reach the 1,000 strikeout mark. Alex Lee saw her record fall to 13-12 after giving up only four hits and striking out eight in seven innings of work.
Alex Ingram opened the Wilkes first with a single and immediately stole second base. One out later Erin Plank singled to place runners at the corners. After Plank stole second Melisa Bracone singled to plate Ingram and make it 1-0. With two outs Bracone and Plank pulled off a double steal to give the Lady Colonels a 2-0 lead.
Ingram, Plank, Bracone and Kerry Finnerty had the only hits for Wilkes. Elizabethtown got singles from Kelli Thon, Marian Guzik, Lauren Hoover and Amanda Gordon.
Wilkes took a 1-0 lead in the first inning of game two on a run-scoring double by Bracone. But, Elizabethtown would strike for two runs in their half of the frame to take a 2-1 lead. Sarah Church and Holly Martin delivered an rbi-single each for the Blue Jays.
After Elizabethtown extended the lead to 3-1 on a single by Paige Tanner in the second, Wilkes responded with three runs in the third to take a 4-3 lead. Plank drove in two runs with a double and Alison Frantz scored one run with a two-base hit to provide the spark for the Lady Colonels.
The Blue Jays regained the lead in their half of the third by scoring a pair of runs. Megan Ottey plated a run with a single and Hoover scored on a double steal to give Elizabethtown a 5-4 lead entering the fourth.
Elizabethtown would put the game away by scoring four times in the fourth inning and three more times in the fifth off of Wilkes relief pitcher Sarah Plavchak. The Blue Jays banged out four hits in the fourth inning, including rbi-singles by Ottey and Church, and a run-scoring double off the bat of Martin. The fifth inning saw Elizabethtown strike for five straight hits to score their three runs and end the game due to the eight-run rule.
Lee earned the victory to improve to 14-12. She allowed eight hits and struck out five in five innings. Kormanik (0-1) took the loss for Wilkes after giving up seven hits and five runs in three innings.
Church had four hits to lead a 16-hit Elizabethtown attack in the nightcap. Tanner added three hits for the Blue Jays, while Thon, Martin and Ottey had two hits each.
Plank had a single and double for the Lady Colonels in game two. Finnerty chipped in with two hits.
(4/21) Wilkes 2 FDU-Florham 1 (8 Inn.)
FDU-Florham 4 Wilkes 3
Wilkes University and FDU-Florham split a Freedom Conference softball doubleheader at the Ralston Complex on Saturday afternoon. The Lady Colonels posted a 2-1 win in eight innings in the opener, before the Devils bounced back for a 4-3 win in the nightcap.
The split moves Wilkes to 17-9 overall and 7-3 in Freedom Conference play. FDU-Florham sees their records change to 17-13 overall and 9-3 in the conference.
Laurie Agresti allowed only four hits and struck out 15 to lead the Lady Colonels to the eight inning win in the opener. The senior moved closer to the 1,000 strikeout mark for her career. She now has 946 strikeouts and is looking to become just the fifth player in Division III history to reach the milestone.
FDU-Florham took a 1-0 lead in the third inning. Jen Haas singled with one out and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Amanda Cusumano. Kelly Nover followed with a single to score Haas and put the Devils on top.
Wilkes would answer with a run in the fourth on a solo homerun by Melisa Bracone that knotted the contest at 1-1.
The game would stay that way until Wilkes struck in the bottom of the eight. Kristin Loriot, who came on for FDU-Florham in relief of starting pitcher Katelyn Smith, walked Gina Stefanelli to begin the frame. Samantha Evanich followed with a ground ball that was misplayed resulting in runners on first and second with no outs. After a sacrifice bunt by Bracone moved both runners up a base, Erin Plank lofted a sacrifice fly that allowed Stefanelli to score with the game-winning run.
Alex Ingram had two hits, including a double, while Plank finished with a pair of singles to lead Wilkes at the plate. Singles by Nover, Loriot, Haas and Amy Beideman were the only hits for the Devils.
In the nightcap, FDU-Florham took a 4-0 lead by scoring once in the first and three times in the third. Christine Heyl had an rbi-double in the first to put the Devils ahead. The big blow in the third came on a two-run single by Julie Hartnett that gave her team the four-run lead.
Wilkes cut the lead to 4-1 in the fourth on a run-scoring single by Nichole McCloskey. The Lady Colonels added two runs in the sixth when Julie Henry and Sarah Miller connected for rbi-singles that closed the gap to 4-3. After the Miller single Wilkes had runners on first and second with just one out, but Loriot, who was pitching in relief for the second straight game, induced Katie Orr into a ground out and then struck out Ingram to end the threat.
Hartnett (8-5) was the winning pitcher after going five innings and allowing seven hits and three runs. Loriot pitched the final two frames and surrendered two hits to earn a save. Evanich took the loss for Wilkes after pitching seven innings and allowing five hits and only one earned run.
Doubles by Nover and Heyl were the only extra-base hits for FDU-Florham in game two. Bracone and Orr had two singles apiece for Wilkes.
(4/18) Wilkes 12 Scranton 2
Wilkes 6 Scranton 2 (8 Inn.)
Wilkes University had to go eight innings to notch a 6-2 win over the University of Scranton and complete a sweep of their Freedom Conference softball doubleheader on Wednesday night at the Ralston Complex. In the opener, the Lady Colonels cruised to a 12-2 victory.
The two wins improved Wilkes to 16-8 overall and more importantly, move them to 6-2 in conference play. Scranton saw their overall record slide to 3-13 and their conference mark fall to 1-7.
The Lady Colonels scored four times in the eighth frame to pull out the game two win. Alex Ingram singled and Gina Stefanelli drew a walk to put two runners on to begin the inning. After the duo moved up to second and third on a stolen base, Samantha Evanich reached on an error to score Ingram and make it 3-2. One out later Erin Plank singled to score Stefanelli and extend the lead to 4-2. Kaitlyn Kormanik, who pinch ran for Evanich, and Plank moved up a base on a wild pitch. Then, with two outs, Kormanik raced home on a wild pitch to extend the lead to 5-2. A single by pinch hitter Alyssa Ciesla would score Plank to up the advantage to 6-2.
Wilkes took a 1-0 lead in the first on an rbi-single by Evanich. However, Scranton got a run-scoring single by Kristy Gogick in the second to knot the count at 1-1.
Evanich would plate Katie Orr, who doubled, with a single in the third to put the Lady Colonels back on top, 2-1. Scranton immediately answered in their half of the frame when Michelle Ballantyne singled and scored on a double by Michelle Bochanski to make it 2-2.
Evanich picked up the pitching victory for the Lady Colonels. She went seven innings and allowed six hits and one earned run, while striking out seven. Laurie Agresti came on to strike out three hitters in the eighth to end the game. Kasey Borbidge suffered the loss for Scranton after surrendering seven hits and four earned runs in eight frames.
Evanich had two hits and drove in three runs to pace the Wilkes offensive attack. Scranton had six different players with one hit apiece, including the double by Bochanski.
In the opener, Agresti twirled a three-hitter and struck out 16 and Stefanelli went 3-for-4 at the plate with a pair of homeruns and four runs batted in to pace the Lady Colonels to the 12-2 victory.
Stefanelli cracked a two-run homer in the first inning to provide Wilkes with a 2-0 lead. Alex Ingram would lead off the third inning with a solo homer as the Lady Colonels plated three runs in the frame to take a 5-0 advantage. Plank and Sarah Elliott had run-scoring singles during the inning as well.
After Wilkes scored a run on a single by Kormanik in the fifth to make it 6-0, Scranton responded with two runs in the sixth to cut the lead to 6-2.
Wilkes then plated six runs in their half of the seventh to close out the scoring. Ingram had a two-run double and Stefanelli added her second homer of the game, a two-run shot, to highlight the out-burst.
Ingram contributed three hits and three runs batted in for the Lady Colonels, while Plank finished with two hits as Wilkes ended the contest with 12 hits. Sarah Capodice, Isabel Mendez and Bridgett McGinley had the hits for Scranton.
(4/14) Wilkes 2 Lycoming 1
Wilkes 5 Lycoming 3
Wilkes University swept a Freedom Conference softball doubleheader from visiting Lycoming College on Saturday at the Ralston Complex. The Lady Colonels notched a 2-1 win in the opener, before posting a 5-3 victory in the nightcap. The sweep improved Wilkes to 14-8 overall and 4-2 in the conference. Lycoming fell to 1-11 both overall and in conference play.
The Lady Colonels took advantage of Lycoming error to take a 1-0 lead in the third inning of the opener. Katie Orr reached on a one-out error and stole second base. With two outs, Gina Stefanelli ripped a single that scored Orr and put Wilkes on top.
Wilkes would add to their lead in the fourth when Julie Henry cracked a solo homer to extend the lead to 2-0.
Lycoming would try and rally in the seventh inning. Betsy Reese and Jessica Nabholz both singled and Hilarie Powers was hit by a pitch to load the bases with no outs against Wilkes hurler Laurie Agresti. An error on a ball hit by Holly Billow allowed Reese to score to make it 2-1. However, Agresti would strike out the next three hitters, Courtney Black, Dana Marek and Marissa Hastings, to secure the win.
Agresti allowed only three hits in improving to 9-2 on the mound this season. She struck out 14 hitters in the contest and did not allow a walk. Katie Shaw (1-5) was tagged with the loss after giving up four hits and fanning four.
Henry’s homerun, a double by Alex Ingram, and singles by Stefanelli and Samantha Evanich were the only hits for Wilkes. Nabholz had a pair of singles to lead Lycoming.
The Warriors scored twice in the first and added another run in the third to take a 3-0 lead in the nightcap. Reese singled with one out and moved to second on a sacrifice in the opening frame. Powers would plate the first run with a double and then scored on a single by Billow to give Lycoming a 2-0 lead.
In the third Nabholz singled, went to second on a ground out and advanced to third on a wild pitch. She would score when Billow singled to up the Warriors lead to 3-0.
Wilkes put together a five-run fifth inning to pull out the win. Kathy Dalton led off by reaching on an error. Pinch hitter Kaitlyn Kormanik singled and Ingram was hit by a pitch to load the bases with no outs. Shaw came on to replace starting pitcher Nicole Rhodes. Stefanelli, the first hitter Shaw faced, blasted a grand slam to put Wilkes ahead 4-3. Evanich then walked and was replaced by pinch runner Sarah Plavchak. Plavchak went to second on a ground out and was able to take third on a passed ball. Henry’s fly out to left field scored Plavchak to increase the lead to 5-3.
Evanich pitched all seven innings for Wilkes, allowing eight hits and striking out seven, to even her pitching record at 5-5. Shaw, who surrendered three hits and two runs in two innings, suffered the loss.
Stefanelli had two hits and four runs batted in for the Lady Colonels. Kormanik’s single and a single by Amanda Shingler were the only other hits for Wilkes. Reese and Billow had two hits each for Lycoming.
(4/11) Wilkes 4 Misericordia 2
Wilkes 1 Misericordia 0
Senior Laurie Agresti twirled a one-hitter in the opener and sophomore Samantha Evanich tossed a two-hitter in the nightcap to lead Wilkes University to a doubleheader sweep of local rival College Misericordia in a non-conference softball twinbill on Wednesday afternoon at the Ralston Complex. The Lady Colonels posted a 4-2 win in the first game and copped a 1-0 victory in game two.
Wilkes improved their overall record to 12-8 heading into Saturday’s Freedom Conference doubleheader at home against Lycoming College at 1 p.m. Misericordia saw their overall record slip to 13-9.
Despite just one hit the Cougars jumped out to a 2-0 lead after three innings by scoring single runs in both the second and third frames. Jess Klimas and Catherine Hoskins led off the second by drawing walks off Agresti. Courtney Novajosky then popped out to the catcher. However, a throwing error later in the inning allowed Klimas to move to third with one out. Hoskins attempted to steal second, but was run down on the play. Klimas was able to cross home with the run while Hoskins was in a run down to give Misericordia a 1-0 lead.
Agresti struck out Kristen Norris and Erin Moravec to begin the third inning. But, Nichole Decatur followed with a solo homerun, the only hit of the game off the right-hander, to give the Cougars a 2-0 advantage.
Wilkes would get to Decatur in the bottom of the fourth, scoring three times with two outs to take a lead they would never relinquish. Erin Plank began the two-out rally with a walk and Julie Henry singled to place runners on first and second. A single by Alison Frantz scored Plank and allowed pinch runner Amanda Shingler to reach third. After Frantz stole second base, Sarah Miller singled to left field to score both Shingler and Frantz and put the Lady Colonels on top 3-2.
Wilkes added an insurance run in the fifth. Katie Orr singled, but was erased at second on a fielder’s choice by Alex Ingram. Ingram stole second, but Decatur fanned Kathy Dalton for the second out. Gina Stefanelli would drive in Ingram with a single to extend the lead to 4-2.
Agresti improved to 8-2 on the mound by striking out 15 and walking only two. Only one of the two runs she allowed was earned. Decatur saw her record drop to 7-4 after giving up six hits and four earned runs in six innings.
Evanich (4-5) was outstanding in tossing the two-hit shutout in game two, striking out six. Norris had the only two hits for the Cougars, a single in the third and a double in the seventh. Misericordia pitcher Katherine Lucenti (3-4) was equally as impressive, surrendering only four hits and striking out three.
The Lady Colonels struck for the only run of the game in the bottom of the third. Ingram drew a two-out walk and successfully stole second base. Stefanelli then came through with a single to center field that scored Ingram and gave Wilkes the 1-0 lead.
The Cougars had a chance to tie the game in the seventh when Norris doubled with one out. After Evanich struck out Gina Urbon, Decatur drew a walk to put the go-ahead runner on base. However, Lindsay Miller grounded out to first base to end the game.
A double by Dalton and singles by Stefanelli, Ingram and Evanich were the only hits for Wilkes.
(4/9) Wilkes 5 DeSales 4 (9 Inn.)
DeSales 4 Wilkes 3
Wilkes University and DeSales University played a pair of one run games on Monday afternoon in Freedom Conference softball action. The Lady Colonels scored twice in the top of the ninth to earn a 5-4 win in the opener, while the Bulldogs were able to garner a 4-3 win in the nightcap.
Wilkes sees their record move to 10-8 overall and 2-2 in conference action. DeSales is now 6-12 overall and 1-5 in conference play.
Jaime Stover had a two-run double in the first inning and Kelly Moran hit a solo homerun in the fourth to give DeSales a 3-0 lead in the opening game of the twinbill.
Wilkes would strike for three runs in the sixth frame to tie the game and force extra innings. Consecutive singles by Gina Stefanelli, Samantha Evanich and Erin Plank loaded the bases with no outs. Melisa Bracone drove in the first run with a single to make it 3-1. Then, with one out, Julie Henry cracked a pinch hit single to make it a 3-2 game. The Lady Colonels would tie the game when Sara Elliott’s infield fly for the second out of the inning dropped and Bracone was able to cross the plate to tie the game at 3-3.
The Lady Colonels scored both of their runs in the ninth after the first two hitters were retired. Alex Ingram started the rally with a double and Kathy Dalton followed with a triple to give Wilkes a 4-3 lead. Stefanelli added an rbi-single that scored Dalton and made it 5-3.
Jennifer Cybularz pulled DeSales within 5-4 with a leadoff homer to begin the bottom of the ninth. But, the Bulldogs were unable to score the equalizer.
Laurie Agresti pitched all nine innings and allowed six hits and four runs to improve to 7-2 on the mound for Wilkes. She struck out 11 in the contest and did not allow a walk. Elise Wilk also pitched a complete game for DeSales and was tagged for 11 hits and five runs. She struck out nine and walked two to see her record fall to 4-6.
Stefanelli had two singles and a double to lead the Lady Colonels offensively. DeSales did not have a player with more than one hit.
In the nightcap, DeSales took a 1-0 lead in the second on a solo homerun by Amanda Martinenza. Wilkes would tie the game in the top of the fifth at 1-1 on a run-scoring single by Alison Frantz.
The Bulldogs took advantage of a pair of Wilkes errors in the bottom of the fifth to score three times and take a 4-1 advantage. Martinenza walked and was replace by pinch-runner Emily Hoffman. After Hoffman stole second, Stover struck out for the first out. Jamie Pfitzenmayer then reached on an error that allowed Hoffman to score and give DeSales a one-run lead. Maddie Roxandich singled to put runners on first and second before Kyra Monarek grounded out to place runners on second and third with two outs. Cybularz followed with a ground ball that was misplayed allowing both Pfitzenmayer and Roxandich to score and extending the Bulldogs lead to 4-1.
Wilkes got a run back in the sixth on a single by Julie Henry and a run-scoring double by Bracone that cut the lead to 4-2. They would add another run in the seventh on a solo homer by Evanich to lead off the inning that made it 4-3. But, that is as close as they would get.
Cybularz (1-1) pitched six and two-thirds innings and allowed seven hits and three runs to earn the win. Wilk came on to get the final out to earn her first save of the season. Evanich (3-5), who allowed only three hits and one earned run in six innings, took the loss for Wilkes.
The homerun by Marinenza, a double by Kerri Andrews and the Roxandich single were the only hits for DeSales. Evanich had a single and homerun and Bracone had two doubles for Wilkes.
(4/1) Wilkes 3 Manhattanville 0
Wilkes 9 Manhattanville 1 (5 Inn.)
Wilkes University used some outstanding pitching from Laurie Agresti and Samantha Evanich to sweep a non-conference softball doubleheader from Manhattanville College on Sunday afternoon at the Ralston Complex.
The Lady Colonels, behind the one-hit pitching of Agresti, posted a 3-0 win in the opening game. Evanich allowed only two hits in the nightcap as Wilkes scored a 9-1 win in five innings over the Valiants. The sweep improved the Lady Colonels to 9-7 overall, while Manhattanville is also 9-7 overall.
Agresti was on cruise control in the opener before losing her no-hit bid with one out in the seventh inning. Only three Manhattanville players reached base off the right-hander who struck out 14 and walked only one to improve to 6-2.
Wilkes got the only run they would need in the fourth. Kathy Dalton led off with a single before stealing second base. A groundout by Gina Stefanelli moved Dalton to third and she scored on a groundout by Evanich to make it 1-0.
The Lady Colonels added a pair of runs in the sixth to gain some breathing room. With one out, Dalton again singled and stole second. A ground ball by Stefanelli was misplayed and placed runners on first and third. After Stefanelli stole second base Evanich laced a run-scoring single to extend the lead to 2-0. Stefanelli, who went to third on the single, scored on a sacrifice fly by Erin Plank to give Wilkes the 3-0 edge.
Manhattanville’s only threat of the game came in the seventh inning when leadoff hitter Kathryn Moore was hit by a pitch and advanced to second when Michele Ribeiro broke up Agresti’s no-hitter with a single. Moore would move to third on a fly out by pitcher Maggie Thomas, but was stranded there when Agresti whiffed Caitlyn Conklin for the final out of the game.
Dalton had two of the six hits Wilkes had off of Thomas. Doubles by Melisa Bracone and Shelley Pheiff, and singles by Evanich and Plank, were the only other hits for the Lady Colonels.
In game two, Wilkes exploded for three runs in the first and four more in the second on their way to posting the victory. Stefanelli started the scoring in the first by hitting a solo homer with one out. After Evanich singled and Plank popped out, Bracone and Kerry Finnerty slapped singles to load the bases with two outs. Nichole McCloskey followed with a two-run single that gave the Lady Colonels a 3-0 advantage.
Manhattanville took advantage of a Wilkes error to score their only run of the day in the second. Conklin singled with one out, but Evanich got Casey Killard on strikes for the second out. The Lady Colonels appeared to be out of the inning, however an error on a ground ball by Amanda Buonomo kept the inning alive. Trina Ramsdell delivered Conklin to the plate with a single to cut the lead to 3-1.
Wilkes answered right back by scoring four times in their half of the second to take command for good. Dalton singled, went to second on a passed ball, and scored on a single by Stefanelli to push the lead to 4-1. Evanich drew a walk and Bracone reached on a fielder’s choice to load the bases with one out. Finnerty followed with a two-run double to give Wilkes a 6-1 advantage. Then with two outs, Sarah Elliott singled to score Bracone and increase the lead to 7-1.
The Lady Colonels made it 8-1 in the fourth on a solo homerun by Plank. Then in the fifth Wilkes closed the game out by virtue of the eight-run rule by plating another run. Amanda Shingler singled with one out and went to third on a Dalton single. Stefanelli’s fielder’s choice ground ball allowed Shingler to score and end the game.
Evanich gave up only the two second inning singles and struck out five in gaining the win. The run she surrendered was unearned.
Stefanelli had two hits, including the homer, and drove in three runs for Wilkes. Finnerty added a single and double and drove in a pair, while Elliott and Dalton had two singles apiece as the Lady Colonels pounded out 13 hits in the contest.
(3/31) Wilkes 1 King's 0
King's 2 Wilkes 1
Laurie Agresti tossed a shutout and Melisa Bracone provided the only run of the game with a fourth inning solo homerun to give Wilkes University a 1-0 victory over rival King’s College in game one of their Freedom Conference softball doubleheader on Saturday at Betzler Fields. The Lady Monarchs would rebound to post a 2-1 win in the nightcap and garner a split of the twinbill.
Wilkes saw their record move to 7-7 overall and 1-1 in conference play. King’s is now 12-6 overall and 3-1 in the conference.
Agresti scattered nine hits and struck out 10 in improving to 5-2 on the mound this season. Amanda Rizner was tagged with the loss for King’s after surrendering five hits and striking out two.
Wilkes got the only run of the game when Bracone led off the fourth inning and drilled her homerun to center field to provide the Lady Colonels with the only run they would need.
Samantha Evanich had two of the five hits the Lady Colonels had in game one. The homerun by Bracone and singles by Julie Henry and Katie Orr were the only other hits Wilkes could muster off of Rizner. Annie Drimones was the leading hitter for King’s with three singles. The Lady Monarchs did not have an extra base hit in the contest.
Evanich and the Lady Monarchs’ Kelsey Shreaves were locked in a pitcher’s dual until Wilkes struck for a single run in the top of the fifth to break the 0-0 tie. Nichole McCloskey had a one-out single and moved to second on a sacrifice by Orr. After moving to third on an error, King’s would commit another miscue on a ball hit by Kathy Dalton that allowed McCloskey to score and make it 1-0.
King’s responded by plating two runs in their half of the fifth. Becky Loring opened the frame with a single and was replaced by pinch runner Kaitlin Liszewski. Christie Parfitt drew a walk, but was erased at second on fielder’s choice by Meaghan Galvin that left runners on first and third. Abbey Knoblauch would tie the game at 1-1 by driving in Liszewski with a single. The Lady Colonels were unable to get an out on a ground ball by Justine Maggio that loaded the bases. Leanne Harvey followed with a sacrifice fly that scored Galvin and gave King’s a 2-1 lead.
That was all that Shreaves would need as she allowed only three hits and struck out four in gaining the win in the circle for the Lady Monarchs. Evanich took the loss after giving up six hits and fanning three.
Julie Bidwell was the only two-time hitter in the contest, finishing with two singles for King’s. Bracone, McCloskey and Orr had a single apiece for Wilkes.
(3/29) William Paterson 2 Wilkes 0
William Paterson 11 Wilkes 10
Wilkes University lost both ends of a non-conference doubleheader at William Paterson University on Thursday afternoon. The Pioneers posted a 2-0 victory in the opener and scored an 11-10 win in eight innings in the nightcap. The Pioneers improve to 11-5 overall, while the Lady Colonels see their overall record move to 6-6.
Diana Schraer tossed a six-hit shutout in the first game for William Paterson. She struck out five and walked two to improve to 6-1 on the mound. Laurie Agresti suffered the loss for Wilkes seeing her record fall to 4-2 despite striking out eight in 6.0 innings and allowing just one earned run.
In the nightcap, William Paterson clinched the doubleheader sweep courtesy of a passed ball in the bottom of the eighth. Sophomore Ana Abourashed was placed on second due to the tiebreaker rule to start the bottom of the eighth inning. Following a groundout that moved Abourashed to third, Wilkes intentionally walked the next two batters. Abourashed was able to score the winning run after a passed ball.
William Paterson had garnered a 6-1 lead after four innings, and extended their lead 10-4 after five, but the Lady Colonels scored four runs in the sixth and two more in the seventh to force the extra frame.
Gina Stefanelli led Wilkes offensively with two hits and two runs in the second game. Melisa Bracone was 2-5 at the plate and contributed one RBI, while Nichole McCloskey provided a triple and one run batted in. Kathy Dalton had two hits, including one double for the Lady Colonels. William Paterson’s Jessica Reibis provided the Pioneers with three hits in the nightcap, driving in one run and Alicia Albert ended game two with two hits and one RBI.
Danielle Ballard started for the Pioneers on the mound, allowing four runs and eight hits in 4.l innings. Ashley McDonaldthrew 1.0 inning of relief, before Diana Schraerearned her second pitching victory of the day with one hit, two runs and one strikeout over the final 2.2 innings. Lady Colonel’s hurler Samantha Evanich struck out seven, allowing 11 hits and 11 runs in 7.2 innings.
(3/10) Wilkes 4 Allegheny 2
Lynchburg 7 Wilkes 2
The Wilkes University softball team split a pair of games on Saturday to finish 3-1 at the Sea Gull Classic hosted by Salisbury University. The Lady Colonels, who won both of their games on Friday, posted a 4-2 win over Allegheny College in their first contest of the day before dropping a 7-2 verdict to Lynchburg College.
In their first game of the day Laurie Agresti allowed only six hits and struck out 11 to lift Wilkes to the win over Allegheny (1-2). Julie Henry drove in three runs for the Lady Colonels with a bases loaded walk in the first and a two-run single in the third that proved to be the difference.
Samantha Evanich was the leading hitter for Wilkes with three hits and a run scored. Sarah Miller chipped in with a double and also scored a run. The Gators got two hits and both of their runs batted in from Rachel Ryan. Abby Bodenlos also had two hits for Allegheny.
The Lady Colonels concluded their spring break trip with a 6-4 record after falling to Lynchburg (11-3). The game was a rematch of a contest from a week ago in Virginia Beach when Wilkes notched a 3-1 win.
Larissa Roscher pitched a complete game and allowed only four hits with seven strikeouts to gain the victory. Evanich pitched six innings for Wilkes, allowing seven runs, only two which were earned, and fanning five.
Lynchburg had four players, Danielle DeFranco, Brittany Allsop, Morgan Austin and Caroline Cubbage, finish with two hits.
Katie Orr drove in both Wilkes runs with a single in the second inning. The Lady Colonels also got a single apiece from Erin Plank, Colleen Labor and Gina Stefanelli.
(3/9) Wilkes 5 Cabrini 3
Wilkes 6 Salisbury 3
The Wilkes University softball team won a pair of games on Friday at the Sea Gull Invitational hosted by Salisbury University. The Lady Colonels posted a 5-3 win over Cabrini College in their opening game of the day, before disposing of the host Sea Gulls 6-3 in the nightcap.
Wilkes, who improved to 5-3 overall, claimed the top spot in their pool and will advance to play on Saturday at 10 a.m. against an opponent to be determined. Salisbury saw their overall record slide to 5-2.
The Lady Colonels broke a 2-2 tie by scoring three times in the fifth inning on their way to their win over Cabrini. Erin Plank slapped a two-run single during the frame, while Kerry Finnerty added an rbi-single.
Samantha Evanich (2-1) picked up the pitching victory after allowing eight hits and only one earned run in going the distance.
Plank had three hits, drove in two runs and scored twice to pace an 11-hit Wilkes attack. Evanich aided her own cause with a pair of singles. Jennifer Euganeo led Cabrini with four hits, while Megan O’Brien had a single and double.
In game two, Laurie Agresti surrendered six hits and struck out nine to lead Wilkes to the victory over Salisbury. Sea Gulls starter Kirsten Wells lasted only one and one-third innings and gave up five hits and five runs to take the loss.
Gina Stefanelli put the Lady Colonels on the board in the first inning with a two-run homer. Wilkes would add three more runs in the second on a two-run double by Kathy Dalton and a sacrifice fly by Evanich to up their lead to 5-0. Alex Ingram then drew a bases loaded walk in the third to force home a run and give the Lady Colonels a 6-0 advantage.
Salisbury struck for all three of their runs in the sixth inning against Agresti. After Kelly Waskewicz singled with one out, Meaghan Murphy struck out for the second out of the frame. Stacey Malarkey followed with a two-run homer, and Nichole Fuqua cracked a solo homer to cut the lead to 6-3.
However, that is as close as the Sea Gulls would get. Agresti settled down in the seventh and struck out all three hitters she faced to improve her record to 3-1.
Stefanelli added a single to her homerun, while Dalton had two doubles for Wilkes. The Lady Colonels also received a pair of singles from Plank. Salisbury did not have a player with more than one hit.
(3/5) Averett 2 Wilkes 1
Averett 5 Wilkes 2
Averett College handed Wilkes University a pair of non-conference softball losses on Monday afternoon at Virginia Wesleyan College, dealing the Lady Colonels a 2-1 setback in the opener and a 5-2 defeat in the nightcap. The Lady Colonels see their record even at 3-3, while Averett improved to 3-5.
In game one Averett overcame a solid pitching performance by Wilkes standout Laurie Agresti to earn the one-run win. Agresti went the distance and allowed only one hit, while striking out 15. Both of the runs scored by the Cougars were unearned.
Wilkes took a 1-0 lead in the opening inning. Alex Ingram led off and was hit by a pitch. After advancing to second on a sacrifice by Erin Plank, Ingram would score on an Averett error to give her team the lead.
The Cougars fought back with a run in the fourth to tie the game. With two outs Amy Green reached on an error and Lindsey Boger was hit by a pitch. Hayley Brooks’ fly ball was misplayed for an error that allowed Green to race home with the tying run.
Averett took advantage of another Wilkes error to plate the winning run in the top of the seventh. Boger doubled to start the inning and would score when a ground ball off the bat of Brooks was mishandled.
Brittany Estep and Sandra Dennison combined for the Cougars to limit the Lady Colonels to just four hits. Dennison was the winner, going the final three frames and surrendering only two hits with six strikeouts. Estep went the first four innings and gave up two hits with two strikeouts.
Gina Stefanelli had two hits, including a double, to pace the Wilkes offensive attack. Singles by Ingram and Samantha Evanich accounted for the other two Lady Colonels hits.
Averett scored three times in the first inning and never looked back in capping the sweep with the game two win. Dennison and Estep limited the Lady Colonels to just seven hits in the game. Dennison was awarded the win after pitching the first four innings, while Estep went the final three frames to garner a save. Evanich, who was tagged for five his and three runs in three innings, suffered the loss for Wilkes.
Brooks had two singles and a double to lead Averett at the plate. Green, who doubled, and Heather Trainum chipped in with two hits each. Evanich had two hits for Wilkes and Stefanelli contributed a double.
(3/3) Wilkes 1 Hunter 0
Wilkes 11 Virginia Wesleyan 6
Senior Laurie Agresti tossed a no-hitter with 18 strikeouts to lift Wilkes University to a 1-0 softball victory over Hunter College at the Atlantic-East Challenge hosted by Virginia Wesleyan College on Saturday.
The Lady Colonels would follow up the win over Hunter by scoring an 11-6 win over Virginia Wesleyan to run their record to 3-1 heading into Monday’s doubleheader against Averett College at 10 a.m. at Virginia Wesleyan.
Agresti tossed the fifth no-hitter of her collegiate career to help Wilkes defeat Hunter in a battle of two teams that both reached the NCAA Tournament a season ago. The right-hander allowed only one walk in the contest to improve to 2-0 on the mound this season.
Wilkes scored the only run of the game in the bottom of the sixth inning. Sarah Elliott reached on an error to start the frame and advanced to second on a single by Nichole McCloskey. One out later, Kathy Dalton’s ground ball was misplayed allowing Elliott to race home with the winning run.
Allyshia West was tagged with the loss for Hunter despite giving up only four hits and no earned runs. A double by Erin Plank and singles by McCloskey, Melisa Bracone and Julie Henry were all the Lady Colonels could muster offensively against West.
In game two, Wilkes exploded for six runs in the second inning to snap a 2-2 tie and cruise to the 11-6 win over Virginia Wesleyan.
Samantha Evanich allowed 10 hits and five earned runs in seven innings of work to earn the win for the Lady Colonels. Jess Sacra suffered the loss after giving up eight runs, four hits and four walks in just one frame.
Bracone had two hits, including a double, while Alex Ingram and Sarah Miller had two singles apiece for Wilkes. Ingram also scored three times in the game. Evanich helped her own cause by drilling a bases-clearing double during the six-run second inning.
Jackie Jarzynka and Lindsey Churchill were credited with two singles apiece to lead the Marlins at the plate.
(3/2) Wilkes 3 Lynchburg 1
Roanoke 9 Wilkes 1 (5 Inn.)
The Wilkes University softball team opened their 2007 season on Friday by splitting a pair of games at the Atlantic-East Challenge hosted by Virginia Wesleyan College.
The Lady Colonels opened their day with a 3-1 win over Lynchburg College. The loss was the first in six games this season for Lynchburg. Wilkes dropped a 9-1 verdict in five innings to Roanoke College in their second game of the day.
Wilkes jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning against Lynchburg thanks to a two-run double by Erin Plank. After Lynchburg cut the lead to 2-1 in the bottom of the fourth on a sacrifice fly by Elizabeth Perkins, the Lady Colonels answered with a run in the top of the fifth when Kathy Dalton plated Shelley Pheiff with a fielder’s choice to give Wilkes the 3-1 win.
Laurie Agresti went the distance on the mound to earn the victory. She allowed only four hits and struck out seven. Larissa Roscher suffered the loss after surrendering four hits in seven innings of work.
Alex Ingram paced Wilkes offensively with two singles. Plank’s double and a single by Dalton accounted for the Lady Colonels hits. Cubbage had the only extra base hit for Lynchburg with her double.
In the nightcap, Roanoke improved to 2-0 with their win over Wilkes. Kelsey Ruitenberg picked up the win for the Maroons by scattering three hits and fanning seven in five innings of work. Sarah Plavchak was tagged for eight runs and nine hits in three innings to suffer the loss for Wilkes.
Kristin McCormick had three hits, including two doubles, for Roanoke. Amber Walker drove in five runs for the Maroons with a two-run double and three-run homer. Dalton, Samantha Evanich and Amanda Shingler had the hits for Wilkes.