Vitello Becomes Softball Wins Leader; W&J Sweeps New Jersey Schools
CLERMONT, Fla. -- Washington & Jefferson delivered two victories over schools from the state of New Jersey for Head Coach Nicole Vitello to help her become the softball program's all-time coaching wins leader on Wednesday at the NTC Games. The Presidents (7-5) defeated William Patterson 4-2 and Ramapo 4-0.
The Ramapo victory was the 86th for Vitello, who is in her sixth year as the W&J head coach. Stephani Moore held the previous record with 84 wins from 2003-2007.
The Presidents (7-5) allowed only three hits in both games behind the pitching of junior Madison Rotto (Sarver, Pa./Freeport) and freshman Emily Watson (Cranberry Twp., Pa./Seneca Valley). Rotto allowed two runs on three hits, while striking out four against William Patterson. Watson twirled a three-hit shutout against the Roadrunners, fanning 10 batters (three walks).
The W&J-William Patterson game was tied 1-1 through six innings, but the Presidents struck for three runs in the seventh. Freshman right fielder Morgan Figura (Carnegie, Pa./Chartiers Valley) led off with a single and sophomore pinch runner Chalese Wilson (Washington, Pa./Chartiers-Houston) came around to score when sophomore third baseman Sadie Marak (Butler, Pa./Butler) was hit by a pitch. Watson and Rotto followed with RBI singles for insurance runs.
WPU had its first two runners reach base in the seventh, but Rotto escaped out of the jam to earn the win. Watson and junior shotstop Kelsey Cunningham (McMurray, Pa./Peters Twp.) both had two hits to lead the lineup.
W&J scored all its runs in the fifth inning against Ramapo. Senior center fielder D.J. Ufolla (Pittsburgh, Pa./Perry) doubled and scored the first on an error, while Cunningham followed with a RBI double. Cunningham scored on senior second baseman Stephanie Zur's (Bethel Park, Pa./Bethel Park) triple and Marak connected on a run-scoring single. Ufolla finished the game with two doubles.
The Presidents close out their Florida schedule tomorrow with games against Babson (Mass.) at 11:00 am and Dubuque (Iowa) at 3:00 pm.