Clermont, Florida (March 9) -- The Assumption College softball team picked up a split on Sunday afternoon on the opening day of the NTC Spring Games. Assumption dropped a 6-5 final to Queens College in game one, followed by a 9-1 win in five innings over Nyack in the second.
In game one, seven different Hounds posted hits, including five hits from the 6-9 spots in the batting order. Leading the way in her first collegiate action was freshman Cassidy Colby (Charlton, Mass./Shepherd Hill) with two hits and two runs scored, along with two RBI from freshman Ashley Abad (Bedford, N.H./Bedford). Abad made her first career at-bat a memorable one as she became just the second player in Assumption history to homer in their first plate appearance with a two-run shot in the second that highlighted a three-run inning. The Knights took a 5-4 lead after three before the Hounds briefly tied the game in the top of the fourth on an RBI single from junior Jess DiPilato (Worcester, Mass./Holy Name) that scored Colby.
Queens scored the eventual game-winning run in the bottom of the fifth off reliever Nicole Harvey (South Berwick, Maine/South Berwick) as Cat Pastor scored an unearned run.
In game two, the Hounds rode the complete-game pitching performance of freshman Courtney Oliva (Vernon, Conn./Vernon) and an offense that pounded out 11 hits in the 9-1 victory. Highlighting the game was a five-run third inning on five hits as Abad had two RBI and sophomore Kayli Moniz (Fairhaven, Mass./Fairhaven) with a three-RBI double. Oliva went five innings for the win, scattering four hits with one run to go along with four strikeouts and no walks.
A full recap of today's game will be coming soon, while full box scores are currently on the Assumption web site.
Assumption is back in action on Monday, March 10 as the Hounds take on West Liberty University at 1 p.m. and Urbana University for a 3 p.m. start.
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