New Haven, CT- The MCLA Softball team featured a balanced offensive attack and held late leads in both games but were unable to hold on as they were swept by Albertus Magnus this afternoon. The Trailblazers fell to the Falcons 5-4 in game one and 4-3 in game two.
MCLA falls to 2-10 and returns to action tomorrow as they visit Rhode Island College for a pair of nonconference contests.
Game One - Albertus Magnus 5- MCLA 4
MCLA would open up the scoring in Game One with four runs in the top of the 2nd. With the bases loaded a Kaitlyn Berghela single would drive in a pair of runs and teammate Kayla Baker would follow with a 2 RBI single of her own.
Through 4 and 2/3 innings Trailblazer pitcher Kara Adams held Albertus at bay conceding just one hit and no runs. However a two out triple by Kayla Resto and RBI single by Jess Stettinger would crack the damn and put the Hawks on the board.
Albertus would draw within one an inning later after manufacturing a pair of runs in the bottom of the 6th.
In the 7th Hawk pitcher Laura Anderson would drive in Stettinger from third to tie the game. Following a walk and a Kristin Cunning base hit, Anderson scored from second to give Albertus the win.
Adams (0-6) took the loss for the Trailblazers.
Game Two- Albertus Magnus 4- MCLA 3
Albertus would strike first in Game Two as a Laura Anderson triple and an errant throw would give the Hawks the early 1-0 lead.
MCLA would respond in the 3rd however with three runs of their own. A two out Kaitlyn Berghela double and Kayla Baker single would tie the game at one. After another single by Erika Quackenbush, Kaylyn Holliday would drive in two more runs giving the Trailblazers a 3-1 lead after three.
A Kayla Resto single in the 4th and an Anderson double in the 5th would each drive in a run and tie the game at 3.
In the top of the 6th MCLA put runners on 1st and 2nd with no outs but were derailed by an untimely double play. Still the Trailblazers continued to grind and managed to load the bases but were ultimately unsuccessful bringing in the go ahead run.
It was Resto again who would single in Kayla Gosselin to give Albertus the lead in the bottom of the 6th with no outs. MCLA would turn a double play and Samantha Feinstein would record her third strikeout to keep the deficit at one.
Despite a leadoff single by Berghela in the top of the 7th the Trailblazers were unable to score the tying run.
Baker and Holliday (2 RBI's) each had two hits. Feinstein (2-4) who went the distance took the loss for MCLA.