LEICESTER, Mass. --- The Becker College softball team lost two games to visiting Bay Path University on Sunday at Russell Field, falling 3-2 in the first game and 9-0 in the second.
The Hawks of Becker (18-18, 12-6 NECC) had a solo home run in the first game from sophomore outfielder Vasia Murphy (Dracut, Mass. / Dracut), her fifth of the year. Junior pitcher Samantha Lee (Prospect, Conn. / Woodland) had two base hits on the day, and struck out eight batters in game one, allowing just one earned run in seven innings. Sophomore first baseman Samantha Belenchia (Ansonia, Conn. / Ansonia) pitched innings and totaled two doubles on the day. Senior first baseman Ashley Ciepiela (Adams, Mass. / Hoosac Valley) and junior outfielder and Jennifer Boxell (Marlborough, Mass. / Marlborough) each finished with two hits on the day.
The Wildcats of Bay Path (21-15, 11-7 NECC) got four hits and four runs from junior shortstop Lauren Vallee (Bristol, Conn. / Bristol Central High School). Freshman Kiley Bissell (Goshen, Mass. / Hampshire Regional High School) came in off the bench early in game one and finished the day with five RBI off just two hits. Sophomore Madison Goodhart (Pawtucket, RI / Davies Technical High School), freshman first baseman Taylor Feraco (Oxford, Mass. / Southbridge High School) and sophomore Jailinne Ruiz (Hadley, Mass. / Hopkins Academy) each had two hits. Goodhart pitched seven shutout innings, while freshman pitcher Felicia Gaillardetz (Londonderry, NH / Londonderry High School) had five strikeouts in game one.
Prior to the game, senior outfielder Katelyn MacLean (North Reading, Mass. / Essex Aggie) joined Lee and Ciepiela in being recognized by the team as part of senior day, as they were honored by teammates, coaches and family members for their years of dedication to the Becker softball program. Each student-athlete has contributed to the Becker community both on and off the field. Although their playing careers may be coming to an end, they will forever be part of the Becker College community.
Both teams have now concluded their regular season, and will participate in the upcoming NECC Championship Tournament, seedings and opponents to be determined.
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