From NYU Athletics
The New York University softball team, competing in its first season as a NCAA Division III varsity program, recorded its first-ever wins by sweeping Brooklyn College 10-1 and 5-2 on Sunday, March 22, in the Bronx, NY.
After going winless during its season-opening trip to Florida, the Violets (2-14) were at home for the first time and recorded two victories. NYU is playing all of its home games at the Bahoshy Softball Complex on the campus of Fordham University.
"It feels good. We played well defensivley, we pitched very well today and we got key hits when we needed them," said NYU Head Coach Now-Allah James. "I think that trip down to Florida for UAAs helped us. I think now we know what it takes to make that next step and get to where we want to go and we played more like that today."
Sage Scheiwiller recorded the first win in program history. After giving up an unearned run in the first inning, she shut down the Bulldogs (1-5) the rest of the way, allowing only two hits while striking out one batter. Scheiwiller also contributed at the plate, recording two hits and three RBIs.
Brooklyn took an early lead again in the second game, this time scoring two runs in the top of the first. And, once again, the Violets immediately responded by scoring three in the bottom of the frame and adding on two more in the third to complete the scoring.
Jacqueline Trembley picked up the second-game victory, going the distance and allowing nine hits while striking out three. Scheiwiller added another two hits, while Kahala Bonsignore and Molly Webber each had two hits and two RBIs.
Bonsignore finished the afternoon a combined 5-for-8 at the plate with three RBIs, a double and a stolen base. The junior captain leads NYU in batting average (.400), slugging percentage (.540), hits (20), RBIs (10), doubles (7), and total bases (27).
"Kahala's been playing well and hitting well all season long, even at UAAs," continued James. "She's just continually stayed hot and consistent, and that's why she hits where she hits in the order. I think she's a player that everyone should look out for."
GAME 1 HIGHLIGHTS:
- Natalie Evans was 2-for-4 with three RBIs and two triples. Both of the freshman's three-baggers came in the bottom of the sixth when the Violets scored seven runs to blow the game open against the Bulldogs. Evans led off the inning and closed out the game with those hits.
"She was watching the defensive positioning, reading the pitching and putting the ball in the right spot, and that's how you get the key hits," James explained. "Hit it where they pitch it and don't try to do too much, and we did a great job of that today."
- Colby Tarsitano was 2-for-3 with four runs scored, RBI, double, and a walk.
GAME 2 HIGHLIGHTS:
- Rachel Fulton was 2-for-3 with a run scored, a double and a walk. The sophomore, who started in leftfield, also had an outstanding assist in the top of the third, throwing out a Brooklyn runner at home to end the half inning.
"That's what all the hard work and practice is for," said James. "They deserve all these moments they had today because they put in the time in the gym and in Florida. That's what got us here today."