The Hofstra softball team extended its winning streak to a remarkable 13 games after a 13-4 mercy-rule victory over the LIU Brooklyn Blackhawks on Tuesday evening in Brooklyn.
Hofstra ace Sarah Cornell got the start on the mound for the Pride. She threw 4.1 innings, allowing four runs on five hits.
At the plate, the Pride got off to a very quick start. In the top of the first inning, Courtney Scarpato hit the ball up the middle, scoring Brielle Pietrafesa, who reached base by walking, and advancing Sarah Edwards to second after she reached first on a fielder’s choice. Megan Patierno then walked to load the bases.
Nikki Michalowski reached base on a walk, allowing Edwards to score. Kaitlyne Musa came up big, hitting a two-run single to center field and scoring Scarpato and Patierno. Michalowski scored on a wild pitch. Kristin Hallam hit a two-run double scoring Musa and Michaela Transue. In all, the Pride scored seven runs in the top of the first inning.
The Blackhawks got on the board in the bottom of the second inning off of a solo home run from Ryleigh Bermea to left field.
Hofstra tacked on another run in the top of the fourth inning when Pietrafesa singled to left field scoring Hallam.
The Blackhawks answered right back with a two-run home run off the bat of Victoria Zamora.
In the fifth inning, Angie Vazquez hit a solo home run to left center for the Blackhawks, cutting the Pride’s lead in half.
Sophie Dandola entered the game for the Pride in the middle of the fifth inning to relieve Cornell.
The Pride’s bats came alive again in the top of the sixth inning, with back-to-back home runs from Pietrafesa and Brittany Allocca. Pietrafesa has 12 home runs on the season and Allocca is not far behind her teammate with nine round-trippers.
Later in the sixth inning, Musa walked with the bases loaded, scoring Lydia Witkowski, who was pinch running for Edwards. The following at bat, Transue ripped a two-run double down the left field line scoring Scarpato and Michalowski.
Dandola pitched a 1-2-3 sixth inning to end the game early and keep the Pride’s win streak rolling.
Cornell got the win and Dandola got the save. Dandola pitched an amazing relief effort, allowing no runs and no hits against the five batters she faced.
Hofstra looks to extend their winning streak and hold on to their undefeated record in Colonial Athletic Association play when they take on a three-game series versus Drexel University at home.