Despite cloudy skies, the impending rain held off long enough for NYU’s softball and baseball teams to compete on Tuesday.
After losing their last two games to Stevens Institute of Technology, the softball team returned to the diamond for the first time since March, dominating The College at Old Westbury twice in one day. Outscoring the Panthers by a combined score of 20-2, the Violets’ bats were hot from the first pitch.
Junior infielder Kahala Bonsignore put the Violets up in the first inning with a groundout to first base that brought home freshman leadoff hitter Colby Tarsitano, who had 3 of the Violets’ 17 total hits in the game. It was a lead the Violets would not relinquish. In the third inning, sophomore Molly Webber tripled down the left field line, extending the lead to 3-1. The Violets put the game away in the fifth with a big four-run inning, including a clutch two RBI double by junior Lauren Parnaby. With two more runs over the final two innings, the Violets accumulated 10 runs for the second time this season.
Sophomore pitcher Jacqueline Tremblay pitched a complete game, just the beginning of a busy day, striking out six and only giving up two earned runs in seven innings.
“We had some time off because of the weather so it was great we were able to come out and take two,” Tremblay said. “Everything fell into place on offense and defense, and it really showed.”
Building off their stellar first game, the Violets only needed five innings in the second game to put away the Panthers 10-0. Tremblay, pitching the second game as well, was nearly untouchable, only giving up one hit and walking one.
The bats got hot again in the fourth and fifth innings, as the Violets put up nine combined runs in the two innings. Base hits by Bonsignore, Webber, junior outfielder Marissa Bella, and freshman infielder Sage Scheiwiller and Natalie Evans contributed to the mid-game onslaught that ended things early.
With a busy upcoming schedule, NYU will look to keep up the good work.
“We have a lot of games coming up in a short period of a time, and this helped get the energy up going into the rest of the season,” Tremblay said.
NYU’s baseball team once again found itself in a closely contested game, but faltered in the late innings, losing 10-5 to The College of Mount Saint Vincent. The Violets, whose resilience has become a recurring theme this season, came back from a 5-1 deficit. After scoring two runs in the third inning, CJ Picerni evened up the score with a two RBI single in the fourth. However, the Dolphins jumped ahead once again in the eighth inning and kept the lead for good.
The baseball team, now 7-15 on the season, is disappointed by the results, but hopeful to clean up their game down the stretch.
“Everyone knows we’re a young team,” freshman shortstop Jonathan Iaione said. “But we definitely have a lot of talent, we’re always in a close game and we give ourselves chances to win. With our talent, we will definitely get our fair share of wins, especially in the upcoming years.”
The baseball team meets Mount Saint Vernon again Wednesday in a doubleheader.
A version of this article appeared in the Wednesday, April 8 print edition. Email Michael Thompson at [email protected]