Alverno Drops 2 At Cusic Classic

Alverno College Softball Team

FORT MYERS, Florida -- Alverno College lost a pair of games Friday at the Gene Cusic Collegiate Classic at the CenturyLink Sports Complex.

The Inferno (3-5) was on the wrong side of a pitchers dual, a 2-0 loss to the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in the morning, and then lost a shootout, 17-10, to Kenyon College in the afternoon.

The Inferno bats were stifled in the opener as the team connected for just three hits off the two Corsairs' pitchers.

Ashlie Rossi got Alverno's first hit in the top of the third while Corina Jimenez and Sara Redlin attempted to start a rally in the seventh with the other two base knocks.

The Inferno stranded five runners in the contest while UMass-Dartmouth (1-0) broke the scoreless tie in the fifth after a leadoff walk -- the lone base on balls for the Corsairs -- came around to score. UMass-Dartmouth added the second score in the sixth after a pair of Alverno errors.

Rossi picked up the loss after allowing just six hits in the full six innings of work, while relief pitcher Victoria Woodward earned the win with four complete frames pitched in the Corsairs' season opener.

Both teams of the nightcap came out swinging as Alverno plated five runs in the top of the first inning. Olivia Schneider's three-run double highlighted the scoring for the Inferno in the opening frame as Redlin was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and Megan Hernandez drew a bases-loaded walk for the two other tallies.

The Ladies (7-7) matched with a five-spot in the bottom half of the first and led 8-6 at the end of the third.

The Alverno bats awoke again in the fourth as the first five batters connected for base hits and the Inferno regained the lead, 10-8.

Kenyon answered with a run in the bottom half and then put up four scores in each of the fifth and sixth innings for the seven-run cushion. Alverno was outhit 21 to 9 in the contest.

Samantha Chapnick and Andie Vandertie led the way with two hits apiece, while Rossi (2-4) was tagged with the loss after 3.1 innings of relief.

The Inferno closes out its spring trip Saturday versus the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford and Salem State University. First pitch is slated for 8 a.m. Eastern at North Collier Regional Park in Cape Coral.