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Softball Records Third Straight GNAC Twinbill Split With 4-2 Nightcap Triumph Over Saint Joseph (Conn.)

Monday, April 7, 2008
Puopolo Field, Boston, Mass.

     123 456 78  R H E
Saint Joseph (Conn.) (10-8, 5-4 GNAC) 102 100 04 - 8 7 1
Suffolk (7-12, 6-5 Great Northeast) 100 000 32 - 6 13 7
SJC: Sara Dudley and Katie Gaudiosi
SUF: Jess Ferreira and Ashley Gaboriault
WP: Dudley (5-3) LP: Ferreira (5-6)

     123 456 7  R H E
Saint Joseph (Conn.) (10-9, 5-5 GNAC) 000 020 0 - 2 8 1
Suffolk (8-12, 7-5 Great Northeast) 103 000 x - 4 10 2
SJC: Melanie Bush and Katie Gaudiosi
SUF: Jenna Mourey, Jess Ferreira (5) and Ashley Gaboriault
WP: Mourey (3-5) LP: Bush (5-4) Save: Ferreira (1)

BOSTON, Mass.--  Sophomore Valerie Liberatore’s (Chelsea, Mass.) two-run third inning double proved to be the difference as Suffolk gained a split of a Great Northeast Athletic Conference doubleheader with Saint Joseph (Conn.) with a 4-2 nightcap victory in games played at Puopolo Field, as the visiting Blue Jays took the opener by an 8-6 margin in eight innings.

Sophomore Angela Cole (Plainville, Mass.) added a pair of RBI singles in the second game triumph for the host Rams (8-12, 7-5 Great Northeast), who collected 10 hits in the nightcap, including three off the bat of junior Ashley Gaboriault (Sutton, Mass.) and a pair from fellow junior Kellie Hurlock (East Lyme, Conn.).  Senior Jenna Mourey (Rochester, N.Y.) picked up her third victory of the season on the mound for Suffolk, allowing a pair of runs over the first 4 1/3 frames, while junior Jess Ferreira (Cambridge, Mass.) allowed two hits and fanned three over the final 2 2/3 innings of work to notch her first save.  Juniors Michelle Lynch (Ludlow, Mass.) and Antoinette Marciano (South Windsor, Conn.) combined for five of the eight hits recorded by the visiting Blue Jays (10-9, 5-5 Great Northeast) in the nightcap setback while driving in a run each, as freshman Melanie Bush (Bristol, Conn.) allowed one earned run in taking the loss on the mound.

Saint Joseph snapped a 1-1 third inning tie in the opener on a two-run double off the bat of junior Katie Gaudiosi (Southington, Conn.), and the Blue Jays added a single tally in the fourth on a passed ball to take a 4-1 cushion into the late innings.  Suffolk rallied to force the extra frame by scoring three times with one out in the seventh, as RBI singles by Ferreira and junior Marie Trainor (Winthrop, Mass.) cut the Rams’ deficit to one before Gaboriault plated the tying run on a sacrifice fly.  Saint Joseph scored three unearned runs in the eighth that sandwiched an RBI double by sophomore Jacqueline Peck (Uncasville, Conn.) in taking an 8-4 lead, but Suffolk closed back to within a pair in the bottom of the inning on an RBI double by freshman Jessica Kehlenbach (Bethany, Conn.) and a Hurlock RBI single but could not get any closer.  Freshman Sara Dudley (Dover, N.H.) went the distance in picking up the win on the mound in the first game for the Blue Jays and helped her own cause with two hits, as Gaudiosi finished with three RBI in the triumph for the visitors.  Ferreira rapped out three hits in allowing just two runs on the mound in the setback for the Rams, who also received two hits each from Kehlenbach, Hurlock and Trainor.

Suffolk heads to Waltham, Mass. on Wednesday afternoon for a non-league doubleheader with Brandeis that begins at 3:00 p.m., while Saint Joseph travels to New London, Conn. on Wednesday afternoon for a non-league twinbill with Mitchell that also begins at 3:00 p.m.