(Posted March 10, 2005)

WPI 4, Juniata 1
Juniata 15, Gordon 2

Myrtle Beach, S.C. ? The Juniata College ended its spring break trip to Myrtle Beach by putting together an offensive outburst that helped the Eagles top Gordon College 15-2 Thursday afternoon. Earlier in the day Juniata?s offensive was unable to mount much of an attack as the Eagles fell to Worcester Polytechnic Institute 4-1. Juniata ends its trip to Myrtle Beach with a record of 5-3.

After being stifled in the first game of the day, Juniata?s offense erupted for 16 hits and 15 runs in the finale against Gordon. The Eagles gave starting pitcher Kim Stoia (Morris Hills/Rockaway, N.J.) all the support she would need as they pushed across a pair of runs in the top of the first. Kim Wagner (Middletown/Middletown) led off with a single, and after a stolen base, came home on a single from Allison D?Ambrosia (State College/Boalsburg). A single from Marcie White (Central Dauphin East/Dauphin) scored D?Ambrosia and Juniata had an early 2-0 lead.

Stoia would make that lead hold up as she went all five innings to earn her second win of the year. The freshman surrendered just two runs, one earned, on five hits while striking out eight.

Juniata?s offense would add to the lead with three runs in the third, and then a remarkable 10 runs in the fourth inning. In the third Renae Hobbs, Abby Sener (Donegal/Marietta), White and Natalie Buzin (Central Bucks East/Jamison) all had hits in the inning with Hobbs, Sener and White all scoring runs.

The Eagles then sent 16 batters to the plate in the fourth inning, and pounded out nine hits in the frame. Stoia, Wagner and White each scored twice in the inning as Juniata claimed an insurmountable lead.

Wagner led the offense in the game as she had three hits and scored three runs. White and D?Ambrosia also had three hits in the game for the Eagles.

The three hits for those players were two more than the Juniata team managed in all of the first game as the Eagles dropped a pitcher?s dual 4-1 to WPI.

The Eagles loaded the bases in the first as Wagner singled and was followed by a walk and a hit batter. But WPI hurler Meghan Kelly worked out of the jam with only one run scoring when Wagner came home on an error. Juniata would manage just two base runners for the remainder of the game.

Juniata pitcher Lizzie Bartosik (Penn/Granger, In.) was nearly as solid as she battled to keep Juniata in the game. The junior allowed two runs in the first, and then another two in the bottom of the fourth which proved to be the difference. She finished the game allowing seven hits and recording six strikeouts.

After concluding their spring break trip, the Eagles are scheduled to return to action March 16 with a doubleheader at Washington and Jefferson.


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