From University of Rochester Athletics
Brittany Grage picked up her first victory of the spring with a three-hitter over New York University as Rochester won, 10-2, at the University Athletic Association Championships. The game was halted at five innings due to the mercy rule.
Grage struck out six, walked one, and induced seven groundouts. She left two runners aboard in the fifth inning when she ended the game by getting Colby Tarsitano on a popout. It was her 43rd career pitching win. She is second all-time behind Beth Ameno who won 69 games.
Heading into a Wednesday afternoon game vs. Case Western Reserve, Rochester is 5-1 overall, 3-0 at the UAA Championships. NYU is 0-6 overall, 0-3 at UAAs.
Rochester backed her pitching performance with four home runs – two by Gabi Alatorre, one from Grage, and one from Jocelyn Blackshear. The Yellowjackets had 14 hits. They had 10 in the last two innings and scored nine of their 10 runs.
Five players had two or more hits. Grage was 3-4, scored two runs, and drove in three. Eleni Wechsler was 3-4 with one RBI. Kayla Kibling was 2-4 with two runs scored. Alatorre was 2-3 with two HRs and two runs scored. Tiffany White was 2-3. Blackshear scored one run and drove in two.
Rochester scored an unearned run in the top of the second. Lauren Muni singled and moved to second on a one-out single by White. Laurelle Byrne-Cody reached on an error by the catcher and advanced to second. Muni scored and White took third.
In the bottom of the second, NYU's Molly Webber homered to centerfield. Grage set down nine straight, getting the side in order after that for the second, third, and fourth innings. She didn't allow another baserunner until the fifth when Kahala Bonsignore doubled to left center and scored on a two-out single by Samantha Block.
Alatorre's first home run of the spring ignited a five-run rally in the fourth. White singled, but was thrown out stealing. Byrne-Cody reached on another error, this one by the left fielder, and got to second base. Kibling doubled to right with Byrne-Cody reaching third. Both runners advanced on a passed ball. Blackshear walked. Grage greeted Bonsignore, NYU's reliever, with a three-run home run to left center.
Jacqueline Tremblay relieved to start the fifth for NYU. Alatorre homered to left field. White popped up and Byrne-Cody bounced back to the mound. Kibling singled, too second on a wild pitch, and scored on Blackshear's home run to left. Grage singled and Steph Brunet ran for her. Wechsler singled up the middle, scoring Brunet with the final run.