PLANT CITY, Fla. – Saint Joseph's College (2-6) lost a pair of contests in the Sunkissed Games Tournament on Thursday. The Monks fell to WPI (4-4), 9-2, and suffered a 9-5 setback at the hands of St. John Fisher (3-2) in the nightcap.
WPI 9, SAINT JOSEPH'S 2:
The Engineers opened the game scoring in the bottom of the first when senior Caroline Wood (Averill Park, N.Y.) notched an RBI triple. The 1-0 score remained until the bottom of the fourth, when WPI scored five runs off two hits and three SJC errors.
The Monks got on the board in the top of the fifth, when sophomore center fielder Madeline Wood (Madison, Maine) singled and later scored on a Meghan Elliott (Mendon, Maine) sac fly and freshman left fielder Ashley Emery (Madison, Maine) notched a base hit and eventually scored on an infield error.
The Engineers managed to put the game out of reach with three runs off three hits, including a Brittany Bolster (North Kingstown, R.I.) two-run double, in the sixth.
Junior starter Kate Whitney (Jonesboro, Maine) took the loss after allowing nine runs (five earned) off 10 hits and six walks over 5.2 innings. WPI sophomore reliever Nicole Kuberka (Los Angeles, Calif.) earned the victory after yielding two runs (one earned) off six hits with a pair of K's in five frames.
Emery went 2-2 with a run and a walk and was the Monks' lone repeat hitter in the loss. For WPI, Wood was 3-4 with a run, a triple, and an RBI.
ST. JOHN FISHER 9, SAINT JOSEPH'S 5:
The Monks held a 3-1 lead after scoring three runs off four hits and a St. John Fisher error in the bottom of the second. Junior Madisyn Charest (Sidney, Maine) and freshman Emily Jefferds (Scarborough, Maine) notched RBI singles during the offensive outburst.
The SJC lead did not last long however, as the Cardinals plated six runs off four hits and two SJC errors in the top of the fourth. Ashley Prince (Pasadena, Md.) and Jessica Sardina (Whitesboro, N.Y.) both roped two-run doubles to help St. John Fisher claim a 7-3 lead.
St. Joe's cut their deficit down to 7-4 in the bottom of the third, when sophomore Grace Chadbourne (Jaffrey, N.H.) walked and later scored on an infield error. The Cardinals responded with a pair of runs in the fourth before Charest knocked in Megan Eagleston (Reading, Mass.) with a single in the bottom of the fifth to complete the game scoring.
Junior starter Caitlin King (Old Town, Maine) falls to 1-3 on the season after allowing nine runs (five earned) off nine hits in 3.1 innings. Wood tossed 3.2 innings of scoreless, two-hit relief. St. John Fisher freshman starter Allison Rogowski (Cheektowaga, N.Y.) earned the win after yielding five runs (four earned) off nine hits and five walks with five K's over seven innings.
For the Monks, Charest was 2-4 with a run and two RBI and senior first baseman Melodie Bailey (Lebanon, Maine) went 2-3 with a run and a walk. For the Cardinals, Prince was 2-3 with a run, a double, and two RBI.
Saint Joseph's wraps up the 2019 spring trip tomorrow with games versus Muskingum (12:15 PM) and Penn State-Behrend (2:30 PM).