NORTHFIELD, Vt. –The Norwich University softball team extended its win streak to 10 straight games Saturday afternoon as the Cadets swept a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) doubleheader from Johnson & Wales University. NU posted a 9-3 victory in the first game, before taking a 12-0 five-inning decision in the nightcap.
Lindsay Carey, Jessalyn Sweeney and Seana Ellsworth paced the Cadets (12-18, 9-11 GNAC) offensively in the first game as each player collected two hits apiece and combined for five RBIs.
Mackenzie Pratt lined a two-out two-run home run over the left-center field fence to tie the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the third, and the Cadets took the lead with two more runs in the frame. NU never looked back en route to the victory.
Pratt picked up the win in the circle for Norwich in the opener, pitching a complete game and allowing just three runs on six hits and one walk. She posted five strikeouts in the victory.
Whitney Grennon led Norwich at the plate in the nightcap, going 3-for-3 with a pair of two-run home runs. She finished with four RBIs and three runs scored. Sweeney went 2-for-3 with her first career home run and four RBIs, while Marley Balasco posted two hits, two runs and one RBI.
Kelsey Buker pitched five scoreless innings for the Cadets in the circle. She helped her own cause at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored.
The Wildcats fall to 8-29 (7-15 GNAC) following the sweep.
Norwich will be back in action on Sunday, April 18, when the Cadets host GNAC powerhouse Rivier College in a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.