Softball Sweeps Past Wildcats, 11-2 & 12-6

Softball Sweeps Past Wildcats, 11-2 & 12-6

THE BASICS
Game 1 Final Score:
Dean College 11, Wheelock College 2
Game 2 Final Score: Dean College 12, Wheelock College 6
Records:
Dean College (6-18, 3-8 NECC), Dean College (2-18, 0-6 NECC)
Location: Saint Mary's Field, Revere, Mass.
Date: Saturday, April 14, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM

THE LEAD:
The Dean College offense erupted for 33 runs and 38 hits as the visiting Bulldogs swept a New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) doubleheader from Wheelock College on Saturday afternoon.

Both Karissa Menzinger (Centereach, N.Y.) and Melanie Rios-Nevarez (Alta Vega, Puerto Rico) had four hits in the 11-2 opening win, then Ali Nelson (Candia, N.H.) picked up her first collegiate victory in the circle in the 12-6 nightcap victory.

HOW IT HAPPENED:
With the game tied at 1-1 after two innings in the first game, Dean scored three in the third – two of which came on a Makenzie Souza (New Bedford, Mass.) homerun.

The teams traded single runs in the fifth and sixth and with the Bulldogs in front 5-2, they pushed across four runs in the sixth on RBI singles from Menzinger, Alexandra Langhans (Naugatuck, Conn.) and a run-scoring double from Souza.

Dean tacked on two run in the seventh when Rios-Nevarez and Langhans both smacked RBI singles.

In addition to her stellar opener at the plate, Menzinger was just as good in the circle, tossing a complete game with eight strikeouts and just two earned runs.

Langhans stole the show in the second game, crushing a pair of homeruns, driving in four runs and scoring four more herself.

Things started off in fine fashion for the Bulldogs in the first inning as Langhans accounted for two of their three runs with her first homerun of the day.

After the Wildcats cut into the lead in the second, Dean answered with back-to-back RBI groundouts from Menzinger and Danielle Dumont (Nashua, N.H.) and then Langhans blasted another roundtripper, giving the Bulldogs a 6-1 advantage.

The score was 6-3 when Rios-Nevarez drove in a run and then Dumont scored when Langhans stole second base.

Dean closed out their scoring in the sixth when Langhans drove in yet another run with double, then Courtney Holden (Bridgeport, Conn.) delivered another run with a single to right and then Alexis Portales (San Antonio, Texas) knocked in another with a sacrifice fly.

Dumont had four hits of her own, while Olivia Cassidy (Concord, Mass.), Nelson, Portales, Rios-Nevarez, Souza. Nelson, meanwhile, struck out six in picking up her first win.

UP NEXT:
Dean will be back in action on Tuesday when they visit Curry for a 3:30 p.m. first pitch.