College roundup: Quackenbush tosses no-hitter in MCLA softball win
NORTH ADAMS >> MCLA pitcher Rachel Quackenbush walked the first Southern Vermont College batter she faced on Thursday. She rebounded quite well, however, retiring the next 15 batters to registered no-hitter against the Mountaineers in a 10-0 Trailblazers victory in the first game of a doubleheader. Quackenbush struck out eight. MCLA won 15-0 in the second game.
The host used two big innings to earn the first win. Quackenbush sparked the four-run second inning, scoring from third on a passed ball. Michaela DiNicola added an RBI single. Katie Berghela drove in one after advancing to second on an error, then DiNicola came around to score on a passed ball.
The Trailblazers added six more unearned runs in the sixth. Abigail Lucas plated two, before Sierra Bailey scored her with a sacrifice fly.
Angelica Perfido led the offense in the second game. She had three RBI on three hits and scored two runs. Three Trailblazers had two RBI. Francesca Belli had three hits and three runs scored. Katelyn Henault earned the win in the circle. She scattered six hits, striking out three in five innings.
MCLA travels to face Salem State in a doubleheader on Saturday, starting at 1 p.m.
WILLIAMS DROPS DOUBLEHEADER
CAMBRIDGE >> MIT used its strong pitching to sweep its doubleheader with Williams. The Engineers defeated the Ephs 1-0 in game one and 2-1 in game two. Alexandra Malone blanked the Ephs in the first game. She allowed just two hits, struck out five and walked one.
Lexi Curt's RBI single tied the second game at 1-1 in the third inning for Williams. Monica Shifflet's RBI single in the fifth inning proved to be the winner.
The Ephs' road trip continues with a doubleheader against Colby College starting at 11 a.m. Saturday.
MCLA 20, JOHNSON STATE 14
JOHNSON, VT. >> MCLA used an eight-run second half to defeat Johnson State. The Trailblazers led by just one goal heading into the second half. Natalie Caney started rally, scoring with 25 minutes left in the game. Courtney Gabrus scored two straight and five different Trailblazers scored to cap the rally. Caney led with five goals. Zoe Ewell made nine saves for MCLA.
The Trailblazers can extend their win streak the three, as they travel to face Massachusetts Maritime Academy on Saturday at 7 p.m.
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