Saturday's colleges: MCLA's Quackenbush strikes out 16 as softball team wins
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The MCLA softball team earned its first win Saturday, thanks in part to a 16-strikeout performance by pitcher Rachel Quackenbush in a 2-0 shutout of Elms.
Quackenbush allowed just four hits and faced one batter over the minimum, evening her record at 1-1. The 16 Ks set a new single-game record for her.
Amanda Meczywor drove in a first-inning run for the Trailblazers (1-3), with Shelbi Clary singling in another run in the fourth.
In Saturday's opener, the Trailblazers lost 6-1 to Dominican (Ill.). MCLA gave up five runs in the first two innings and couldn't recover, with Meczywor taking the loss on the hill.
Abby Lucas doubled in a second-inning run for MCLA.
AUBURNDALE, Fla. -- MCLA earned its first win of the season Saturday, scoring three times in the seventh inning to beat Becker 5-4. Becker earned a split in the nightcap with a 12-0 rout.
Trailing 4-2 in the bottom of the seventh, MCLA got a bunt single from Mike Mancivalano, followed by a one-out single by Chase Preite to advance Mancivalano to third. Rory Slattery then tripled to the right field corner, scoring both runners and tying the score.
After Garrett Alibozek was intentionally walked, Tyler Benoit hit a sacrifice fly to right to score Slattery for the win.
Freshman pitcher Eamonn Andre earned the win in relief for the Trailblazers.
HARTFORD, Conn. -- Amherst scored three times in the final 51 minutes, 49 seconds of the game to beat Williams' men 3-1 and eliminate the Ephs in the NESCAC semifinal round.
Amherst will play in today's conference championship game at Trinity.
Williams freshman George Hunkele scored the Ephs' lone goal, at 6:43 of the first period. Nick Anderson and Craig Kitto earned assists.
HAMILTON, N.Y. -- Defending Division III national champion Williams won its second match of the season, beating Colgate 4-3. The Ephs won all three doubles matches Saturday, with Williams and Colgate splitting the six singles matches.
Williams will have almost two weeks off before picking up play on its spring-break trip to California. The Ephs play at Point Loma on March 24.
HARTFORD, Conn. -- Williams earned its first NESCAC win Saturday, holding off Trinity 9-8.
Jack Lauroesch scored five times for the Ephs (1-1), who had a 54-20 edge in shots. Dan Whittam made six saves in goal.
NORTHAMPTON -- Williams suffered its first loss of the season Saturday, as Trinity beat the Ephs 13-10.
Nancy Palmer scored three goals for Williams in the loss, with goalie Ali Piltch making nine saves.