CLERMONT, Fla. — Sophomore Ashleigh Hartwig (Santee, Calif./West Hills) had a four-hit effort with her first home run of the season and freshman Sierra Bedrin (Rocklin, Calif./Whitney) struck out 10 in relief to pick up her first collegiate win as the St. Joseph's College (Brooklyn) softball team defeated Concordia College-Moorhead, 10-4, to earn a split of day three of play at The Spring Games on Saturday.
The Bears (4-2) dropped their morning affair with New England College, 8-2.
How it Happened vs. New England
After a scoreless first, freshman Nicole Trani (Staten Island, N.Y./Moore Catholic) led off the second with a single, but was left stranded at second before New England (1-0) opened the scoring in the bottom half of the inning with a two-run homer off the bat of Taylor Barbo.
Following an uneventful third inning, Trani notched her second hit in the fourth, but the Bears left two stranded. In the bottom half of the inning, the Pilgrims led off with three straight hits to load the bases and the Pilgrims pushed five across to move ahead 7-0, aided by two Bear miscues that allowed two in unearned.
The Bears broke through for their lone scoring in the fifth. Tayler Faraguna (San Diego, Calif./San Pasqual) slapped an infield single, and Hartwig was hit by a pitch, both moving to scoring position on a passed ball. Casey Bennett (Sacramento, Calif./Bella Vista) laced a double to bring the pair home.
New England got one of the runs back in the bottom half of the inning on a Destiny Helm solo homer to wrap up the scoring for the game. St. Joseph's saw a pair of baserunners in the final two innings — Maeve McKeon (Point Pleasant, N.J./Point Pleasant Borough) reaching on a Pilgrim error in the sixth and a Hartwig double to center field in the seventh — but could not trim the New England edge.
How it Happened vs. Concordia-Moorhead
After Trani took a leadoff walk in the bottom of the first, the rookie advanced to second on a Hartwig single. Trani stole third and scored on a throwing error by the Cobber third baseman, giving the navy and gray an early 1-0 lead.
Concordia (3-1) quickly loaded the bases on three walks in the top of the second and brought one home on a wild pitch to level the score at 1-all. A two-out bases-clearing double by Maria Pake gave the Cobbers a 3-1 lead.
The Bears returned the favor in the bottom half loading the bases with one out and tied the game on a fielding error, which saw Mecham and Vanessa Quigley (Staten Island, N.Y./New Dorp) score. With two on and two out, Hartwig launched a three-run shot to right-center, giving St. Joseph's the lead for good.
SB (Highlight) | Hartwig's 3-run home run (her first of the season) highlighted a 4-for-4 game with 4 RBI in @SJCBearsSball win over Concordia Moorhead#BearWitnessSJC #SJCNY #d3sb pic.twitter.com/W7UblBCjfB— St. Joseph's College (Brooklyn) Bears (@SJCBears) March 1, 2020
After Bedrin successfully escaped a third-inning jam in the circle, she helped her cause driving in a run on a grounder that brought in Mecham for a 7-3 lead.
A Cobber run in the top of the fourth brought the deficit back to three, 7-4, before the Bears would score three unanswered, pushing across two in the fourth on an Alexis Buchanan (Murrieta, Calif./Murrieta) single and Hartwig driving in her fourth run of the game in the fifth to put the game out of reach.
Bedrin tossed three scoreless frames in the fifth, sixth, and seventh to close out the win.
For the Bears vs. New England
- Trani picked up two of the five Bear hits, finishing 2-for-3.
- Bennett picked up a pair of RBI, going 1-for-2 with a double.
- Hartwig and Faraguna each went 1-for-3 with a run scored. Hartwig also hit a double in the game.
- Madison Erhardt (Baltimore, Md./Dulaney) started in the circle and was stuck with the loss dropping her to 1-1 on the young season.
- Jessica Mecham (West Jordan, Utah/Copper Hills) pitched five innings in relief, collecting four strikeouts and allowing six runs (four earned).
For the Bears vs. Concordia-Moorhead
- Hartwig led the Bears, going 4-for-4 on three RBI and a home run; her first of the season.
- Faraguna went 2-for-3 with a pair of singles and a run scored.
- Buchanan logged an RBI single and scored once, going 1-for-4
- Bedrin struck out 10 of her 22 batters faced in five innings to pick up her first collegiate win. She also gave up one run on three hits and walked four batters.
The Bears conclude their eight-game set at The Spring Games with a doubleheader on Sunday, March 1 against Chatham College (10:15 a.m.) and Elizabethtown College (12:30 p.m.). Video can be found on SJCBears.com/live.