Neilan Raps Out Four Hits As Mount Ida Tops Pitt-Greensburg At The Spring Games


The Spring Games

Monday, March 5, 2018

Hancock Park, Clermont, Fla.






CLERMONT, Fla. --  Freshman Savannah Neilan (Somerset, Mass.) rapped out four hits and drove in a pair of runs to lead Mount Ida to a 7-5 nightcap victory over Pitt-Greensburg in a non-league college softball contest played Monday afternoon at Hancock Park.  The Mustangs dropped a 6-4 non-league decision to Bridgewater State in the opening game of their second day of play at The Spring Games.


Mount Ida (2-2) overcame a 4-0 first inning deficit in the second game triumph over the Bobcats (0-4) with a six-run uprising in the top of the third that was highlighted by RBI singles off the bats of senior Hayley Microulis (Pawtucket, R.I.) and freshman Shelby Nolan (Ansonia, Conn.).  Pitt-Greensburg got a run back in the fifth on a run-scoring double off the bat of freshman Tayjah White, but Neilan's RBI single plated a key insurance run in the top of the sixth that iced the Mustangs' triumph.


Microulis, Finney, junior Kelsey Weston (Hampstead, N.H.), sophomore Alisa Benson (Middletown, R.I.) and freshman Caitlin Hogan (Derry, N.H.) each collected two hits in the second game win for Mount Ida, as freshman Hannah Doherty (Hampton, N.H.) scattered eight hits and struck out four over the first five innings of work to earn her first career victory inside the circle.  Freshman Carrigan Costello (Wolcott, Conn.) worked around a two-out single in the bottom of the seventh to earn her first collegiate save for the Mustangs, who have amassed 46 hits in their first four contests of the young season.


White rapped out three of Pitt-Greensburg's nine hits in the second contest, as senior Alyssa Panza and sophomore Jen Miller added two hits each in the setback.  Freshman Kayla Seidl allowed three earned runs and struck out five in going the distance inside the circle for the Bobcats to fall to 0-2 on the spring.


Mount Ida jumped out to a 2-0 lead in its first at-bat of the opener against Bridgewater State (2-4) on a two-run double by Weston, but the Bears evened matters in the top of the third on a fielder's choice by freshman Krista Kennedy (Danvers, Mass.) and a sacrifice fly off the bat of junior Jenny Heller (Taunton, Mass.).  Bridgewater State took a 4-2 edge in the fourth on RBI singles by sophomore Samantha Mulcahy (Taunton, Mass.) and freshman Alexandra Ruprecht (Kingston, Mass.) and extended that margin to 5-2 in the fifth on Kennedy's solo home run, and after the Mustangs got a run back in the bottom of the frame on an error, the Bears tacked on their final run of the day in the sixth on Mulcahy's second run scoring single of the contest.  Microulis's RBI double in the seventh put the tying runs in scoring position for Mount Ida, but Bridgewater State escaped that final threat with a game-ending strikeout.


Mulcahy and Ruprecht had three hits each as part of an eight-hit attack for the Bears in support of sophomore Kaitlyn Shaw (Lakeville, Mass.), who allowed two earned runs and fanned four over six innings to improve to 2-1 on the season.  Sophomore Deianeira Underhill (Rochester, Mass.) came on to record the final three outs to pick up her first save for Bridgewater State, which overcame five errors in the contest.  Hogan rapped out a pair of Mount Ida's six hits in the opening setback, as freshman Madeleine Smith (San Diego, Calif.) allowed four hits and two runs over the first three innings to fall to 0-2 inside the circle for the Mustangs.


Mount Ida continues play at The Spring Games on Tuesday morning by taking on Monmouth (Ill.) and Mount Union in a pair of non-league outings beginning at 9:00 a.m.