(4/9) Wilkes 1 Misericordia 0
Misericordia 8 Wilkes 7
Wilkes University and Misericordia University played a non-conference softball doubleheader on Wednesday afternoon and both teams walked away with one victory. Wilkes pulled out a 1-0 win in the opening game of the twinbill, while Misericordia fashioned an 8-7 triumph in game two.
The Lady Colonels saw their overall record move to 17-9 with the split, while Misericordia watched their record advance to 15-7. It will be the final non-conference meeting between the two softball teams as the Cougars will join Wilkes in the Freedom Conference next season.
Wilkes’ Lindsay Behrenshausen and Misericordia’s Katie Eiden were locked in a pitcher’s dual before the Lady Colonels broke through for the only run in the fourth inning. That run came when Erin Plank drew a one-out walk, moved to third on a two-base error by the Cougars, and scored on a single by Sarah Elliott.
Behrenshausen notched the win after surrendering only three hits in seven innings of work. Eiden was equally impressive, giving up a mere five hits and one unearned run. Both hurlers struck out three hitters.
Alex Ingram had two hits for Wilkes, while Gina Stefanelli added a double. Both Elliott and Sarah Miller finished with a single each. Hollie Sarnak had two of Misericordia’s three hits, while Ashley Ballard chipped in with a single.
In game two, Misericordia rallied for five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to erase a 5-3 deficit. Katherine Lucenti was the winning pitcher for the Cougars, while Maureen Pelot suffered the loss for Wilkes.
Nicole Wenner had two hits and a pair of runs batted in for Misericordia. Kristen Norris and Lindsay Miller each drove in a run with a single.
Stefanelli had three hits, including a double, to pace Wilkes at the plate. Melisa Bracone had an RBI-single and finished the contest with three runs batted in.
(4/6) William Paterson 6 Wilkes 1
Wilkes 7 William Paterson 1
Wilkes University and William Paterson University split a non-conference softball doubleheader on Sunday afternoon at the Ralston Complex. William Paterson posted a 6-1 win in the opener, while Wilkes scored a 7-1 victory in the nightcap. The Lady Colonels are now 16-8 overall, while the Pioneers saw their overall record move to 12-8.
Diana Scharer earned the pitching victory for William Paterson in the first game of the day. She went seven innings and allowed only seven hits. Lindsay Behrenshausen took the loss for Wilkes after giving up seven hits and six runs, three of which were earned, in seven innings of work.
The game was tied at 1-1 heading into the sixth inning before the Pioneers took advantage of two Wilkes errors to score three times with two outs. Meghan Reilly had a two-run double during the frame, while Heather Mendez added a run-scoring single that gave her team a 4-1 lead.
The Pioneers tacked on two runs in the seventh to up their lead to 6-1. Ana Abourashed and Rayna Caruso each drove in one run with a double.
Mendez was the only two-time hitter for the Pioneers with a pair of singles. Kaitlyn Kormanik had two singles to lead Wilkes offensively.
Wilkes took a 1-0 lead in the first inning of the nightcap on a sacrifice fly by Gina Stefanelli. The Lady Colonels would add four runs in the third frame to take control of the game. Alyssa Ciesla drew a bases loaded walk to make it 2-0. Kerry Finnerty, Kristy Ordile and Cori Saltzer contributed a run-scoring single each as the lead grew to 5-0 after three innings.
The Lady Colonels made it 7-0 with two runs in the fifth. The first run scored on a solo homerun by Erin Plank. The second run crossed when Sara Elliott delivered a single that scored Finnerty, who had singled earlier in the inning.
The Pioneers got on the board in the sixth inning. Caruso led off with a double and was replaced by pinch-runner Kelly Apgar. Apgar moved to third on a ground out, and scored on a ground out by Christina Zippler to make it 7-1.
Maureen Pelot tossed a complete game with five strikeouts to garner the pitching victory for Wilkes. She allowed only seven hits and walked one. Kerrie Mascarelli, the first of three William Paterson pitchers, suffered the loss. She lasted two-plus innings and gave up six hits and five runs.
Finnerty had three hits to pace a 14-hit Wilkes attack. Finnerty, Ordile, Alex Ingram and Kathy Dalton finished with two hits apiece.
Zippler and Katelyn Braun had two singles each for William Paterson.
(4/5) Wilkes 4 FDU-Florham 1
FDU-Florham 10 Wilkes 8
The Wilkes University softball team split a Freedom Conference doubleheader with FDU-Florham at the Ralston Complex on Saturday afternoon. The Lady Colonels posted a 4-1 victory in the opening game, before falling by a 10-8 count in the nightcap.
Both Wilkes and FDU-Florham are now 15-7 overall and 3-3 in conference action. The Lady Colonels will swing back into action on Sunday afternoon when they host William Paterson University for a pair of non-conference games at 1 p.m.
The Lady Colonels jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first three innings of game one. Sarah Miller had a run-scoring single in the second to put Wilkes ahead 1-0. Melisa Bracone would crack a two-run homer in the third to give the Lady Colonels a 3-0 edge.
FDU-Florham would cut the lead to 3-1 on a homerun by Kelly Nover to lead off the fifth inning. However, Wilkes answered back in their half of the frame when Kathy Dalton led off with a double, moved to third on a wild pitch, and scored on a ground ball by Erin Plank to extend the lead to 4-1.
Lindsay Behrenshausen (9-3) pitched a complete game, allowing 11 hits and striking out seven, to gain the win on the mound for Wilkes. Katelyn Smith (6-4) took the loss after allowing seven hits and four runs in six innings of work.
Seven different Wilkes players had one hit apiece, including the homerun by Bracone and Dalton’s double. Gina Stefanelli had the only other extra base hit for the Lady Colonels with a double.
Nover had three hits to pace FDU-Florham offensively. Smith and Leah Minnick chipped in with two singles apiece.
In game two, the Devils scored four times in the sixth inning to erase a 6-5 deficit on their way to the 10-8 win. Nover hit a solo homer in the frame, while Julie Hartnett added a three-run homer that provided FDU-Florham with a 9-6 lead.
Kristin Loriot (2-1) picked up the pitching win in relief of Hartnett. She pitched the final three innings and allowed three hits and two runs. Maureen Pelot (2-3) took the loss after giving up 10 hits and 10 runs, only four which were earned, in seven innings. She also struck out seven hitters.
Hartnett added a double to homerun and drove in four runs for FDU-Florham. Nover also had two hits and finished with two RBI’s, while Smith had two singles.
Stefanelli had three hits in three trips to the plate, including a pair of homeruns, and drove in four to key the Wilkes offensive attack. Kathy Dalton had a double and homer and Alyssa Ciesla finished with a single and homer for the Lady Colonels. Erin Plank contributed a single and double as well.
(4/3) Wilkes 5 Lycoming 1
Wilkes 8 Lycoming 3
Wilkes University improved their overall record to 14-6 by sweeping a non-conference softball doubleheader at Lycoming College on Thursday afternoon. The Lady Colonels posted a 5-1 win in the opener and scored an 8-3 victory in the nightcap against the Warriors, who fell to 1-9 overall.
Lindsay Behrenshausen allowed only one run and five hits in seven innings of work to gain the mound victory for Wilkes in the opener. Nicole Rhodes took the loss for Lycoming after allowing 10 hits and four earned runs in a complete game effort.
Gina Stefanelli, Erin Plank and Alison Frantz had two hits apiece for the Lady Colonels. Sarah Elliott added a two-run single for the Lady Colonels. Jessica Nabholz was the top hitter for Lycoming with a single and double.
Maureen Pelot garnered the victory on the mound for Wilkes in the nightcap. She pitched all seven innings and gave up nine hits and three runs. Chelsie Apker, who went five innings and allowed 15 hits and seven runs, took the loss for the Warriors.
Plank had four hits to lead a 19-hit Wilkes attack. Stefanelli finished with three hits, including a homerun, and three runs batted in, while Kathy Dalton also had three hits and a homer. She drove in a pair of runs. Melisa Bracone chipped in with three singles, Kerry Finnerty had a single and double, and Alex Ingram had a pair of singles for the Lady Colonels.
Chelsea Stein, Marissa Hastings and Dana Marek had two singles apiece for Lycoming.
(4/2) Wilkes 14 Baptist Bible 2 (5 Inn.)
Wilkes 9 Baptist Bible 1 (5 Inn.)
Wilkes University posted a pair of softball victories over Baptist Bible College in a non-conference twinbill on Wednesday night at the Ralston Complex. The Lady Colonels earned a 14-2 win over the Defenders in five innings in game one, and completed the sweep with a 9-1 win in five innings in the nightcap.
Wilkes improved to 12-6 overall heading into Thursday afternoon’s doubleheader at Lycoming College at 2:30 p.m. Baptist Bible saw their overall record fall to 5-13.
In the opener, the Lady Colonels scored 12 times in the third inning to erase a 2-0 deficit en route to the victory. Lindsay Behrenshausen was the winning pitcher for Wilkes. She went four innings and allowed four hits and two runs. Renee Korb took the loss after allowing 14 hits and 14 runs, only four which were earned, in four innings of work.
Gina Stefanelli had three hits, including a double and homer, and drove in five runs for Wilkes. Alex Ingram and Colleen Labor had a single and double apiece, while Sarah Miller contributed two singles and three runs batted in. The Lady Colonels also received a two-run homer from Alyssa Ciesla and a three-run triple from Sarah Elliott.
Renee Korb had a run-scoring triple and Liz Tomasetti drove in a run with a double for Baptist Bible. Heather Stamper and Emily Hoag had the other hits for the Defenders.
The Lady Colonels jumped on Baptist Bible starting pitcher Liz Tomasetti for six runs in the first inning and three in the second to garner the win in game two. Tomasetti took the loss after giving up 11 hits and nine runs, six of which were earned, in four innings. Maureen Pelot gained the win for Wilkes and allowed only one hit and no runs in three frames. Kaitlyn Kormanik came on to pitch the final two innings and allowed three hits and one run.
Melisa Bracone led the Wilkes offense with two doubles and three runs batted in. Cori Saltzer chipped in with a single and double. Erin Plank had two singles and three runs batted in, while Stefanelli slapped a pair of singles.
Stamper had a double for Baptist Bible’s lone extra base hit in the nightcap. Tomasetti, Naomi Melson and Kristin Geer added a single each.
(3/30) Wilkes 5 Manhattanville 0
Manhattanville 9 Wilkes 8
Lindsay Behrenshausen fired a four-hit shutout to lead Wilkes University to a 5-0 win over Manhattanville College in game one of their Freedom Conference softball doubleheader on Sunday afternoon. The Valiants would bounce back for a 9-8 win in the nightcap to garner a split.
Wilkes saw their overall record move to 10-6, while their conference mark now stands at 2-2. Manhattanville moved to 3-15 overall and 1-3 in the conference.
The Lady Colonels scored twice in the third inning of the first game on a two-run double by Melisa Bracone to take a lead they would never relinquish. Wilkes would add three runs in the seventh inning thanks to a two-run homer by Gina Stefanelli and a solo shot by Bracone to gain some breathing room.
Behrenshausen gave up three singles and a double and fanned three in securing the mound win. Kiersten Schramek allowed 12 hits and all five runs in going the distance for Manhattanville on the mound.
Bracone had three hits, including a double and homer, and drove in three runs for Wilkes. Stefanelli also had a single, double and homerun, while driving in two runs. Alex Ingram contributed a pair of singles.
Trina Ramsdell had two of the four hits for Manhattanville. Caitlyn Conklin chipped in with a double and Nicole Oliva had a single for the Valiants.
Wilkes scored once in the second inning on an RBI-double by Alyssa Ciesla and one more in the third on a run-scoring single by Stefanelli to take a 2-0 lead in the nightcap.
The Lady Colonels would extend their lead to 6-0 by scoring four times in the top of the fourth frame. Stefanelli delivered a two-run single to make it 4-0, and Bracone would drive in two runs with a double later in the inning to give Wilkes the six-run lead.
Manhattanville wasted little time mounting a rally as they scored six runs in their half of the fourth to tie the game. A two-run double by Amanda Nonis and a run-scoring ground out by Nicole Bifulco cut the lead to 6-3. Conklin doubled to drive in a run and Jaclyn Senzino delivered a run with a single to trim the gap to 6-5. Catie Venturella would drive in the tying run with a double to close out the scoring in the inning.
Wilkes would regain the lead with a single run in the fifth on an Ingram RBI-single. However, the Valiants scored twice in the home half of the inning to go on top for the first time. Nonis made it 7-7 with a single that scored a run. Bifulco would follow with a single that plated another run and gave her team an 8-7 lead.
The Lady Colonels tied the game at 8-8 in the top of the seventh on a solo homerun by Ciesla. But, once again Manhattanville would answer when Kathryn Moore led off with a single and scored on a double by Nonis that gave the Valiants the 9-8 win.
Melissa Imondi gained the pitching win for Manhattanville by scattering four hits and two runs over the final three innings. Behrenshausen, who pitched the final two and one-third innings, was handed the loss after allowing six hits and three runs.
Nonis drove in four runs with two doubles and a single for Manhattanville. Venturella finished with three hits, including a double, and Moore had a pair of singles.
Stefanelli had four singles in four trips to the plate and drove in three runs for the Lady Colonels. Ciesla had three hits, including a double and homer, and drove in two runs.
(3/29) Wilkes 2 Arcadia 1
Arcadia 1 Wilkes 0
Wilkes University and Arcadia University opened their Freedom Conference softball slates on Saturday afternoon by splitting a pair of games at the Ralston Complex.
The Lady Colonels claimed a 2-1 win in the opener, while the Knights bounced back for a 1-0 victory in the nightcap. The split moves Wilkes to 9-5 overall, while Arcadia saw their record change to 6-6.
In game one, Lindsay Behrenshausen fired a complete game four-hitter to up her pitching record to 5-2 for Wilkes. She struck out five and surrendered only a sixth-inning unearned run. Kiersten Hughes took the loss for Arcadia to slip to 3-3. She gave up only three hits and one earned run.
The Lady Colonels got all of the offense they would need in the first inning when Gina Stefanelli drew a two-out walk and Melisa Bracone followed with her fifth homerun of the season to give her squad a 2-0 lead.
Arcadia would trim the lead to 2-1 in the sixth inning. Brittni Holland reached on a one out error and Jaime Bee singled to put runners on first and second. After Virginia Buechel flew out, Kristen Burns singled to score Holland. However, Behrenshausen was able to strike out Diana Rufo to end the threat.
Bracone had two of the three hits in the game for Wilkes. Stefanelli had the other hit for the Lady Colonels. Amanda Celentano had a double and Bee, Burns and Rufo had a single each for Arcadia.
In game two, Arcadia’s Jessica DeFluri (1-1) tossed a shutout and allowed only four hits to lead her team to the win. Maureen Pelot, who gave up six hits and struck out eight in six and two-thirds innings, suffered the loss for Wilkes to fall to 1-2.
The Knights scored the game’s only run in the third inning. Kim Servello singled and advanced to second on a one-out walk to Danielle Discher. A wild pitch allowed both runners to move up a base, before Holland’s infield single loaded the bags. Pelot was able to strike out Bee for the second out, but Buechel drew a walk to force homer Servello and give Arcadia the 1-0 win.
Servello had two hits, while Holland, Buechel, Burns and Celentano had one hit each for Arcadia. Stefanelli, Kristy Ordile, Erin Plank and Sarah Elliott had the hits for Wilkes.
(3/25) Wilkes 3 Scranton 2
Wilkes 13 Scranton 11
Wilkes University posted a doubleheader sweep over the University of Scranton in a non-conference softball doubleheader on Tuesday at the Ralston Complex. The Lady Colonels fashioned a 3-2 triumph in the opener, before rallying for a 13-11 win in the nightcap.
The two wins improved Wilkes to 8-4 overall as they prepare to open Freedom Conference play at home on Saturday at 1 p.m. with a pair of games against Arcadia University. Scranton saw their overall record slip to 6-4.
In the opener, Lindsay Behrenshausen tossed a complete game to improve to 4-2 on the mound. She surrendered six hits and fanned seven in the victory. Isabel Mendez fell to 2-2 after giving up six hits and three runs in six innings of work.
Melisa Bracone keyed the Wilkes offensive attack with three hits, including a double and a two-run homer in the first inning that put the Lady Colonels ahead for good. Cori Saltzer added a run-scoring single for Wilkes in the sixth inning that extended their lead to 3-0.
Scranton, which scored both of their runs in the top of the seventh, got a pair of hits and an rbi from Mia Collarini. Erin Moreau drove in the other run for the Lady Royals with a double.
Wilkes rallied from a 9-5 deficit by scoring eight times in the bottom of the sixth inning to earn the game two win. The rally came after Scranton scored four times in their half of the sixth to break open a 5-5 tie.
Erin Plank had three hits, including a double, and drove in three runs for the Lady Colonels. Bracone continued her hot hitting with a single and homerun. She drove in four runs in the nightcap. Gina Stefanelli and Alison Frantz had a single and double apiece, while Alex Ingram contributed a pair of singles for Wilkes.
Annie Zeleniak doubled and blasted a three-run homer in the sixth inning for Scranton. Mary Beth Vogel chipped in with two singles and two runs batted in.
Kaitlyn Kormanik (2-0) picked up the pitching win for Wilkes in relief of starter Maureen Pelot. Kormanik pitched one inning and allowed one hit and two unearned runs. Behrenshausen, who entered the game with the bases loaded and two outs in the seventh, struck out Moreau for the final out to notch her first save.
Kasey Borbidge suffered her first loss of the season on the mound for Scranton to fall to 3-1. She pitched five innings and gave up 13 hits and 11 runs, nine which were earned.
(3/15) Moravian 8 Wilkes 0 (6 Inn.)
Moravian 12 Wilkes 4 (6 Inn.)
Maria DeBonis threw a perfect game to lead Moravian College to an 8-0 win in six innings over 17th-ranked Wilkes University in the opening game of their non-conference softball doubleheader on Saturday afternoon. The Greyhounds completed the sweep of the twinbill with a 12-4 victory in six innings in the nightcap.
Moravian, who had been ranked in the Top-25 prior to the latest poll, improved to 6-4 overall. Wilkes, which made their initial appearance in the rankings this week, slipped to 6-4 overall.
DeBonis did not allow a single base runner in tossing the gem and struck out 11 of the 18 Wilkes hitters that she faced. Lindsay Behrenshausen took the loss for the Lady Colonels after surrendering nine hits and eight runs, only four of which were earned, in five and two-thirds innings.
Erica Klepeisz led the Greyhounds at the plate with a pair of hits. Kelly Santry contributed a double, while Amanda Paulus had two runs batted in.
In game two, Elizabeth Python picked up the pitching victory for Moravian. She gave up six hits and four runs in six innings. Maureen Pelot was the loser for the Lady Colonels after allowing nine hits and six runs in five innings of work.
Stephanie Falzarano had three hits, including a pair of doubles to pace the Greyhounds 15-hit attack. Sheri Bieniek added a single and double, while Santry and Megan Ritchey had a double each.
Melisa Bracone drove in three of the four Wilkes runs with a three-run homer in the sixth inning. Kristy Ordile contributed a double for the Lady Colonels, while Gina Stefanelli drove in the only other Wilkes run with a single.
(3/7) Wilkes 14 Rutgers-Camden 0 (5 Inn.)
Wilkes 7 Virginia Wesleyan 6
Wilkes University extended their softball winning streak to six straight games by posting a pair of victories in day one action at the Salisbury University Sea Gull Invitational on Friday.
The Lady Colonels opened the day by thumping Rutgers-Camden 14-0 in five innings. In game two, Wilkes posted a 7-6 win over Virginia Wesleyan College to raise their overall record to 6-2.
Lindsay Behrenshausen tossed a one-hitter in the win over Rutgers-Camden (0-1). The freshman improved to 3-1 on the mound by allowing only a second inning single to Stephanie Skroski. Natalie Powell suffered the loss after giving up 14 runs and 13 hits in five innings.
Melisa Bracone led Wilkes at the plate with a double and homerun. She also drove in five runs for the Lady Colonels. Colleen Labor chipped in with two hits and two runs batted in.
In the nightcap, Gina Stefanelli was the offensive hero for Wilkes in the victory over Virginia Wesleyan (4-2). Stefanelli went 4-for-4 at the plate with two doubles, a homerun and three runs batted in. Cori Saltzer added a pair of hits, including a three-run homer in the sixth inning that tied the game.
The Marlins were led by Kristy White, Bree Strain and Maree Opland, who had two hits each.
Maureen Pelot (1-0) garnered the mound win for the Lady Colonels, tossing seven innings and giving up seven hits and only one earned run. Brittaney Brown was tagged for 10 hits and seven runs in six and two-thirds innings to suffer the loss.
(3/2) Wilkes 11 Averett 10
Wilkes 13 Averett 4 (5 Inn.)
Wilkes University exploded offensively for 24 runs in a doubleheader sweep of Averett College on Sunday in Virginia. The Lady Colonels posted an 11-10 victory in the opener, and copped a 13-4 win in five innings in the nightcap to improve to 4-2 overall.
In game one Kaitlyn Kormanik picked up the pitching victory by scattering eight hits and allowing only five earned runs in seven innings. Sandra Dennison was the loser for Averett, surrendering 16 hits and nine runs in six and one-third frames.
Kristy Ordile led Wilkes at the plate with three hits and a pair of runs batted in. Kathy Dalton, Melisa Bracone and Alyssa Ciesla contributed two hits each, while Cori Saltzer drilled a two-run homer. Hayley Brooks led Averett with three hits, including two doubles, and three rbi’s.
In game two Sarah Plavchak scattered five hits in five innings to garner the win and help the Lady Colonels complete the sweep. Kaci Bentley, who allowed 12 runs and five hits in three innings of work, suffered the loss.
Gina Stefanelli cracked a single and double and drove in four runs for Wilkes. Dalton also had two hits and drove in a pair of runs. Amy green had two hits, including a double, and two runs batted in for Averett.
(3/1) Wilkes 2 Albright 1
Wilkes 10 Neumann 8 (9 Inn.)
Freshman Lindsay Behrenshausen fired a two-hitter with seven strikeouts to lead Wilkes University to a 2-1 softball victory over Albright College in day two action at the Beach Bash hosted by Virginia Wesleyan College.
The Lady Colonels would post a 10-8 win over Neumann College in nine innings in their second game of the day to even their record at 2-2.
Wilkes took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning of their gme with Albright when Kerry Finnerty doubled and eventually scored on an error by the Lions.
Albright would knot the game at 1-1 in the top of the sixth when they finally got to Behrenshausen for their only two hits. Stevie Crouse led off with a single and moved to third on a sacrifice. With two outs, Ally Wenrich slapped a single that scored Crouse to even the contest.
The Lady Colonels answered right back in the bottom of the sixth to push across the game-winning run. Kristy Ordile led off with a single and advanced to second on a sacrifice by Erin Plank. Sarah Miller reached on an error to place runners at first and second, before a ground out by Kaitlyn Kormanik allowed Ordile and Miller to move to second and third. Shaina Vernitsky had an infield single to load the bases before
Alex Ingram drew a walk to force home Ordile and give Wilkes the 2-1 win.
Becky Moist, who allowed the sixth inning run, was the loser on the mound for Albright. Dana Parolari pitched the first five innings and gave up one run and four hits.
Vernitsky was the lone multiple hitter in the contest, cracking a pair of singles for Wilkes.
Wilkes would push across two runs in the ninth inning to post the victory over Neumann in the nightcap. Alex Ingram began the inning on second base due to the international tie-breaker rule. She would then steal third and score when the throw trying to nab her went into left field. Colleen Labor was hit by a pitch and advanced to third on a single by Kathy Dalton. One out later, Gina Stefanelli singled to plate Labor and give the Lady Colonels the 10-8 win.
Behrenshausen picked her second victory of the day, this time in relief of starter Maureen Pelot. The freshman went four and one-third innings and allowed three hits. Pelot pitched the first four and two-third innings and surrendered six hits with four strikeouts. Samantha Duncan, who gave up two hits and three runs in one and one-third innings, suffered the loss for the Knights.
Dalton had four hits and scored three times to pace Wilkes offensively. Melisa Bracone contributed two hits and drove in three runs. Alison Frantz chipped in with a homerun for the Lady Colonels.
Caitlin Hanrahan and Jen Goslin were the leading hitters for Neumann with two hits apiece. One of Goslin’s hits was a homerun.
(2/29) Peace 12 Wilkes 2 (5 Inn.)
Rowan 3 Wilkes 0
The Wilkes University softball opened their season on Friday by dropping a pair of games at the Beach Bash Tournament hosted by Virginia Wesleyan College.