Game 1 Score: Dean College 6, Penn State-Harrisburg 0
Game 2 Score: LaRoche University 8, Dean College 7 (9 innings)
Records: Dean College (1-1), LaRoche University (2-0), Penn State-Harrisburg (0-4)
Location: Central Park Field #2, North Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Date: Monday, March 9, 2020
Time: 2:30 PM/4:30 PM
Dean College opened up its 2020 season with a split of two games at the Fastpitch Dreams Spring Classic on Monday. The Bulldogs won their opener over Penn State-Harrisburg, 6-0, before dropping a heartbreaking 8-7 decision to LaRoche University in nine innings in the nightcap.
DEAN COLLEGE 6, PENN STATE-HARRISBURG 0:
The Bulldogs wasted little time getting on the board as they pushed runs across the dish in the bottom of the first. Karissa Menzinger (Centereach, N.Y.) delivered a two-run double to center followed by a Makenzie Souza (New Bedford, Mass.) RBI single.
Menzinger added another run with a single to center in the second that scored Melanie Rios-Nevarez (Alta Vega, Puerto Rico). Rios-Nevarez scored again in the bottom of the sixth when Gianna Bencivengo (North White Plains, N.Y.) blasted a triple to center, making the score 6-0.
Meanwhile, in the circle, Menzinger was stellar, tossing a complete game, four-hit shutout.
Bencivengo went 3-for-3 with two runs scored, while Menzinger had three hits of her own with three RBI. Rios-Nevarez chipped in with two hits and three runs scored.
LAROCHE UNIVERSITY 8, DEAN COLLEGE 7 (9 INNINGS):
Dean had leads in the seventh and ninth innings, but the Bulldogs couldn't hang on to them and dropped an 8-7 decision to LaRoche University in the nightcap on Monday.
Down 2-0 after yielding unearned runs in the first and the fourth, the Bulldogs regained the lead when Ali Nelson (Candia, N.H.) smacked a bases-clearing, three-run double that chased home Miranda Seacord (Cambridge, N.Y.), Bencivengo and Rios-Nevarez, putting the Cardinal and White in front, 3-2.
After the Redhawks scored three in the seventh to send the game into extra innings, Dean scored a pair of runs in the top of the ninth on a Bencivengo single to right to go in front, 7-5.
LaRoche, however, answered back in the bottom of the frame, scoring three runs to take the 8-7 win.
Nelson had three hits and three RBI, while Rios-Nevarez had two hits and two runs scored and Marie finished 1-for-3 at the plate with two runs scored and a pair of walks.
Shelby Smith (Southwick, Mass.) took the loss for the Bulldogs, going 8.2 innings, scattering nine hits, allowing just three earned runs and recording six strikeouts.
Dean is back in action on Tuesday, March 10 when they face Clarks Summit at 1:30 PM and Cazenovia at 5:30 PM.