Rossi Reaches 100 Hits As Alverno Splits Extra-Inning Games

Ashlie Rossi
Ashlie Rossi

FORT MYERS, Florida -- Ashlie Rossi secured her 100th-career hit and Ryan Konitzer earned his first collegiate head coaching victory as Alverno College split a pair of extra-inning games on the second day of the Gene Cusic Collegiate Classic at the CenturyLink Sports Complex.

The Inferno defeated Geneva College, 5-4, in the opener, before a 9-8 setback to Elms College to close out the day.

Trailing 3-1 to the Golden Tornadoes entering the sixth inning, Rossi scored Samantha Chapnick on a double to left field to pull within a run.

After Carina Jimenez doubled to lead off the seventh, Bailey Jedrzejewski sent her home to the tie game, 3-3, which sent the game to an extra frame.

Mary Kate Sulikowski scored on a wild pitch followed by another RBI-double by Rossi for a two-run cushion, which proved to be the game winner.

Geneva (1-2) managed a single run the bottom of the eighth, but was caught stealing to end the game.

Rossi picked up the win in the circle with three Ks and led Alverno with four hits and three RBIs while Chapnick was 3-for-3 with a walk and three runs scored.

"It feels good," said Konitzer about his first win. "It was good on how we bounced back from yesterday's performance. Hopefully, we get a couple more wins, keep it going and improving so we can reach our goal of playing on May 4 [at the conference tournament]."

The Inferno (1-3) looked as though a second win was on the way after a 4-0 lead through two innings, but the Blazers used a four-run sixth inning to tie things up, 5-5.

Neither team scored in the seventh but Elms had four scores in the top of the eighth, all of which were unearned after a pair of Alverno miscues.

Rossi laced a two-RBI double to left and Andie Vandertie plated another to cut the deficit to a single run, but the Inferno was unable to complete the comeback.

Chloe Fleming tallied three hits, Sidney Behlendorf added a pair while Rossi added three to her career total and her first of the game was No. 100. The Hammond, Indiana native became the 11th player in school history to reach the milestone.

"I've only worked with Ashlie for five weeks but you can tell how much she's worked on her craft," said Konitzer. "She's been a great player, but she's turning into a great leader as well."

Alverno continues play at the Cusic Classic tomorrow versus New Jersey City University and Bridgewater State University. First pitch is at 9 a.m. Eastern at North Collier Regional Park in Naples.