Written by Andrew Capitelli (SJC-LI Sports Information)
Patchogue, NY| The St. Joseph's College (L.I.) softball team defeated sister school St. Joseph's College (Brkln) in both games of a Skyline Conference doubleheader, 1-0 and 8-1, at home on Thursday evening.
The wins see the Golden Eagles improve to 17-15 on the season and 12-4 in conference play and move them into a tie with The Sage Colleges for second place in the Skyline standings.
The Bears, meanwhile, slip to 14-12 on the year and remain in seventh place with a 4-10 conference mark.
SJC-LI 1, SJC-BK 0 (10 innings)
In a game that produced a total of 10 hits, both teams were forced to wait until the bottom of the 10th inning for the game's first and only run. In walk-off fashion, SJC's Valerie Scura (1-for-3) scored Jillian McFadzen (0-for-3) with an RBI double to left to sink the Bears in game one.
Theresa Cardello (9-4) pitched all 10 innings for the Golden Eagles and struck out four batters for the complete-game shutout.
Brooklyn's Victoria Mahoney (9-6) recorded 14 strikeouts and took the loss for the guests but remains in first place in the conference in earned run average (1.73).
SJC-LI 8, SJC-BK 1
The hosts would explode for four runs in the bottom of the first in the evening's second game, a surge that began with Ashley Steponaitis' (1-for-2) RBI single to left field that scored Elizabeth Rohme (0-for-4) and ended with McFadzen's (1-for-2) fielder's choice that sent Steponaitis and Lyndsay Smocer (1-for-4).
Gabrielle Cinquemani's (2-for-3) RBI double and McFadzen's RBI single in the bottom of the fourth extended SJC's lead to six runs (6-0) before Brooklyn brought one back in the top of the fifth when Paige Csikortos scored on an SJC error.
RBI doubles by Cinquemani and Elise Grau (2-for-2) wrapped the evening's scoring as the Golden Eagles cruised to an 8-1 victory.
Lauren Buturla (4-6) allowed zero earned runs and struck out four batters to pick up the complete-game win SJC.
The Golden Eagles return to action on Saturday, April 29 when they host SUNY Purchase for Senior Day at 11:00 am. Live stats for both games of the doubleheader will be available here.