Chicopee, Mass. - Marissa Thomas earned both wins and Stacey Supliciki had a big home run in Mitchell College's doubleheader sweep of Elms College Saturday in New England Collegiate Conference softball action.
Thomas and Suplicki are both from New London and both St. Bernard graduates. The Mariners improved to 7-11 overall, 4-2 in the conference.
In a 5-2 win in the opener, Thomas allowed seven hits, struck out two and didn't issue a walk. Suplicki's two-run home run highlighted a three-run seventh inning and she had three hits overall.
Trailing 2-0, the Mariners tied the game on Chelsea Arpin's home run in the fifth and Nikki Hoxie's RBI single in the sixth.
Mitchell rallied from a 4-2 deficit to post a 16-6 win in game two. Tiffany Person's two-run double and Lindsey Romagnino's RBI single sparked a five-run fifth. Romagnino went 5-for-5 with two RBI while Dylan Riccardi had two hits and four RBI and Suplicki added two hits and three RBI.
In other games:
• UConn completed a three-game series sweep of Villanova Saturday, winning a doubleheader 7-6 and 6-3. In the first game, Jen Ward of Waterford had a single and two RBI and Emily O'Donnell had a home run. Ward added a three-run home run in game two and Kim Silva had a two-run home run for the Huskies (17-14, 6-3).
• UConn scored three runs with two outs in the ninth inning to rally past Pittsburgh 5-3 and sweep the weekend series. Billy Ferriter's two-run single accounted for the go-ahead runs and gave him three RBI on the day. Tim Martin had a home run in the first inning for the Huskies, who are 18-13 overall and tied for first place in the Big East with an 8-1 record.
• Mitchell College dropped an NECC doubleheader to Daniel Webster, losing 6-5 and 2-0. In game one, Mitchell rallied from a 5-3 deficit to tie the game in the seventh on sacrifice flies by Will Charowsky and Rafael Garcia, who finished with a double and two RBI, before losing in the bottom of the inning. Tyler Shutlis added a single and double. In the second game, Evan Peck had two hits for the Mariners (5-13, 4-5).
• Coast Guard Academy lost a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference doubleheader to WPI, 5-2 and 10-7. Joe Petry went 5-for-6 with three walks in the two games for the Bears, who fell to 11-16, 5-9. In the first game, Mike Salerno had an RBI single and Nolan Gallagher had two hits for Coast Guard. Tyler Babkiewich had a two-run home run and Gallagher added a three-run double in the second game. Dave Wolinski added three hits.
• CCRI swept UConn-Avery Point 11-1 and 7-1 in a Region 21 doubleheader in Warwick, R.I. Matt Martinez had two hits and a run scored and Bryan Rivera drove in the only run for the Pointers in the first game. In the second game, Tyler Tavares drove in Ian Ratchford with the only run. Avery Point is 17-11 overall, 1-3 in the region; CCRI is 17-8, 4-0.
• Junior Andrew Freedman scored two goals and added three assists, leading Connecticut College past Kean University 12-3. JR Hartgers had three goals and an assist while Tyler Corcoran and Tim Kast had two goals apiece for the Camels (5-4), who have won three in a row.
• Mitchell College won its fourth straight match, beating Becker College 7-2 in the NECC. Rocco Devona of Waterford, Tyler Engelberg of Niantic and Alexander Fusco won their singles matches for the Mariners (4-0, 4-0).
• Senior Greg Mitchell, junior Blake Maurer and sophomore Josh Fischer each won singles and doubles matches, leading Coast Guard to a 7-2 win over Springfield in the NEWMAC. Senior Nick Martin and freshman Jon Lightner also won singles matches for the Bears (7-2, 2-0).
• The Conn College men's and women's crew teams opened their spring racing season on Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Mass. The women placed second in three of the four regattas, while the men's novice four took second, as well. The women's varsity eight of Justine Rooney, Val Goldstein, Jo Collins, Sophia Muller, Annie Scheer, Hannah Brassord, Emily Wilde, Caity Sprague and Jenny Cochrane placed second in 7:16.
• Coast Guard won four events and took third place overall at the Corsair Classic at UMass Dartmouth. Junior Gina Caylor won the pole vault, clearing 9 feet, and freshman Beth Gollin won the 3,000 meter steeplechase in 11:31.74 while freshman Kendall Auth took first in the 5,000 (20:00.25) and sophomore Moira McNeil won the 10,000 (41:48.44) for the Bears, who scored 107 points. Roger Williams won the meet with 138.83 points.
Senior Katie Schumacher was second in the 10,000 (41:57.74) and freshman Kyle Sutschek placed third in the discus (121-3) for the Bears.
• Conn College's Sara Gildersleeve had a productive day at the George Davis Invitational at UMass Lowell. Gildersleeve was fifth in the 100 in 12.57, which was the second fastest time in program history and qualified her for the New England Division III, ECAC and All-New England championships.
In the 200, Gildersleeve placed eighth in the 200 in 26.35 and teammate Sarah Matthews finished in 26.97 to qualify for the New England Division III meet.
In the 4x400 relay, the quartet of Gina Deitz, Michelle Wesley, Merry Byrne and Matthews finished fourth in a season-best 4:16.38.
• Sophomore Ben Wolhaupter won the pole vault (14-3.5) and freshman Christian Von Stralendorff took third (10-6), leading Coast Guard to second place at the Corsair Classic at UMass Dartmouth. The Bears had 116 points, trailing winner UMass Dartmouth with 141.5 points.
Sophomore Adam Scalesse placed first in the 400 hurdles (54.60) and senior Joe Hill won the 5,000 (15:39.40) and sophomore Matt Monahan took third in the event in 16:26.30 for the Bears.
Coast Guard senior Kevin O'Brien won the 10,000 (32:50.74) and freshman Joey O'Connell was second (33:13.74) while junior Will Baker was second in the discus (143-9) and third in the hammer (145-8).
• Conn College senior Doug Wright placed second in the 5,000 in 15:10.60 at the George Davis Invitational at UMass Lowell. With his time, Wright qualified for the New England Division II and ECAC championships.
The 4x400 relay team of Geoff Phanuef, Chris May, Andrew Duarte and Ian Rathkey of Old Lyme had a season-best time of 3:33.54 while taking sixth.