CALDWELL, NJ - The 10th-ranked Caldwell College softball team swept a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference doubleheader from Concordia College, 9-2 and 12-1 Thursday afternoon at Caldwell Field. The Cougars improve to 30-4 overall and 14-1 in conference play with the wins, while the Clippers fall to 3-18, 2-14 CACC. The results give Caldwell its 12th consecutive season with at least 30 victories.
In the first game, junior Kristen Knorr (Monroeville, NJ / Delsea) led off with a home run to left. Sophomore Brielle Reighn (Runnemeade, NJ / Triton Regional) doubled in the inning and later scored to make the score 2-0. In the third, freshman Gracie Sullivan (Elmhurst, IL / York) singled to score junior Alyssa Calderon (Fontana, CA / Etiwanda) for a 3-0 lead. Concordia got on the scoreboard in the top of the fourth with a two-run home run by Taylor Keefe. Caldwell answered in the bottom of the fourth with four runs, including a two-run home run by Knorr that put Caldwell ahead, 7-2. In the sixth, freshman Lauren Galletta (Williamstown, NJ / Williamstown) hit her first career home run, and Knorr doubled home junior Sara Zambelli (West Milford, NJ / West Milford) for a 9-2 lead.
Junior Hanna Walkinshaw (Aptos, CA / Aptos) pitched all seven innings for Caldwell, allowing two runs on five hits while fanning five and walking two to improve to 8-0. Knorr went 3-for-4 with four RBIs, while Reighn had two hits.
The second game also started well for Caldwell, as Calderon hit a two-run double and later stole home in the bottom of the first for a 3-0 lead. Knorr and Sullivan drove in runs in the second to make the score 5-0, then the Cougars put seven runs on the board in the third to lead 12-0. Galletta hit a three-run double in the inning, while Zambelli, senior Jacklyn Bates (Waterloo, NY / Waterloo), junior Megan Fryday (San Marcos, CA / Mission Hills) and freshman Rebecca Welch (Carteret, NJ / Carteret) also had RBIs in the third.
Freshman Sydney Ponto (West Deptford, NJ / West Deptford) pitched three shutout innings and gave up two hits while striking out four to improve to 11-2 on the season. Zambelli had two hits to lead the offense.
Caldwell returns to action on Tuesday, Apr. 22, when they face Dominican College in a CACC doubleheader. The games start at 3:00 p.m. in Orangeburg, N.Y.
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