The Friars began the scoring in the bottom of the 1st inning. Emma Lee (Orange, Calif.) and Nicole Lundstrom (Rehoboth, Mass.) each drew walks to put runners on first and second for Julianne Rurka (Warrenville, Ill.). Rurka hit a double to drive in both Lee and Lundstrom and put to the Friars up 2-0.
Bryant cut into the lead by scoring a run in the top of the 2nd inning.
Providence immediately responded in the bottom of the 2nd. Nadia Kemp (Wappinger’s Falls, N.Y.) began the inning with a walk. Jackie Martin (Bridgeton, N.J.) advanced Kemp by hitting a sacrifice bunt. Mackensie Compton (Langhorne, Penn.) drove in Kemp by hitting a double. Lee followed up Compton’s double with a double of her own to drive in Compton, and put the Friars up 4-1.
Bryant scored twice in the top of the 4th to make the score 4-3. Providence would then add to their lead in the bottom of the 4th inning. Martin began the inning by drawing a walk and then advanced to third on a double by Lee. Lundstrom would then hit a sacrifice fly to center field to drive in Martin and put Providence up 5-3.
After Bryant scored again in the top of the 5th, Providence exploded for seven runs in the bottom of the inning. Rurka began the inning by hitting a double. After Annie Flego (Little Silver, N.J.) pinch ran for Rurka, Vanessa Portillo (Chatsworth, Calif.) hit a double to right field to drive in Flego. Mulry followed this up with a single and then advanced to second on the throw. After Kemp grounded out, Martin drew a walk to load the bases. Compton then walked to drive in Portillo, and Lee was hit by a pitch to drive in Mulry. Lundstrom would then single to left to drive in Martin and bring the score to 8-4. After an illegal pitch advanced Compton home, Lee to third and Lundstrom to second, Brittney Veler (Santa Rosa, Calif.) drew a walk to reload the bases. Rurka, batting in for the second time in the inning, would hit a single to drive in Lee and bring the score to 11-4. Portillo then hit a single to right field to drive in Lundstrom and bring the score to 12-4. The game then ended due to the run rule, with Providence taking the victory.
Megan McCune (Orange, Calif.) was the winning pitcher for Providence. McCune pitched 3.2 innings, giving up three runs on 3 hits. McCune now has a record of 1-5 on the season. Miranda Trinidad (La Habra, Calif.) pitched 1.1 innings in relief of McCune, giving up one run on one hit.
Rukra lead the Friars offense in the first game, going 3-4 with three RBI and two doubles.
The second game of the day was a back and forth battle between the two teams.
Bryant struck first by scoring three runs in the top of the 2nd inning.
Providence cut into the lead when Lundstrom hit her 8th home run of the season in the bottom of the 3rd inning.
Bryant added to their lead in the top of the 5th inning to bring the score to 4-1. Providence responded in the bottom half of the inning. After Lee grounded out, Lundstrom singled to center field. Veler would then reach on a fielder’s choice as Lundstrom was forced out at second. Rurka would then hit a single. Veler and Rurka both advanced on the throw to put runners on second and third. Both Veler and Rurka would then score after the center fielder committed an error on a fly ball hit by Portillo.
Entering the bottom of the 6th inning, the Friars trailed the Bulldogs 4-3. Tied the game after hitting a leadoff home run in the bottom of the 6th. After a foul out by McCune, Compton doubled to centerfield. Compton was driven home by a single by Lundstrom to put Providence up 5-4.
Bryant tied the game in the top of the 7th and force the game into extra innings. Bryant would then score a run in the top of the 8th inning to take the lead, 6-5.
The bottom of the 8th inning began with Paige Mulry (West Roxbury, Mass.) being placed on second due to International tie breaking. Mulry scored after the pitcher commited an error attempting to throw out Kemp on a bunt. McCune then advanced Kemp to second on a sacrifice bunt. After the sacrifice, Compton reached on an error by the third baseman. Lee would then single to load the bases for Lundstrom. Lundstrom ended the game by hitting a walk off single to drive in Kemp and bring the score to 7-6.
Christina Ramirez (Niceville, Fla.) pitched a complete game in the victory for Providence. In 8 innings of work, Ramriez allowed six runs on six hits while striking out eight batters. Ramirez now has a record of 10-12 on the season.
In the second game of the day, Lundstrom went 4-5 with a home run, three RBI and the winning hit.
Providence returns to action for a weekend series against Seton Hall on April 22-23. The Friars will at 12:00 and 2:00 p.m. on Saturday April 22 before finishing the series on Sunday April 23 with a game at 12:00 p.m. The series will be the Friars Throwback Centennial games.
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