Game 1 Score: Eureka College 16, Dean College 9
Game 2 Score: Dean College 9, Wells College 1
Records: Dean College (6-2), Eureka College (7-2), Wells College (0-7)
Location: North Myrtle Beach Sports Complex, North Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Date: Thursday, March 12, 2020
Time: 9:30 AM/1:30 PM
After dropping a wild, 16-9 decision to defending SLIAC Champion, Eureka College, Dean College responded to get a split by taking down Wells College, 9-1, on Thursday afternoon at the Fastpitch Dreams Spring Classic.
GAME 1: EUREKA COLLEGE 16, DEAN COLLEGE 9
The Red Devils, who went 27-8 a season ago, won their league championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament, went up 2-0 in the top of the first off of starter Nicole Kerstetter (Fairfield, Conn.) but the Bulldogs rallied to score five in the bottom of the inning highlighted by an RBI double from Melanie Rios-Nevarez (Alta Vega, Puerto Rico) and a run-scoring single by Miranda Seacord (Cambridge, N.Y.).
Dean was still in front 6-4 a few innings later, when Eureka scored six runs – including a three-run double by Adrianna Zeman.
The Bulldogs didn't go away, pushing across three runs of their own in the fourth on an RBI single from Ali Nelson (Candia, N.H.) and RBI groundouts from Karissa Menzinger (Centereach, N.Y.) and Makenzie Souza (New Bedford, Mass.).
In the end, the Red Devil offense proved to be too much as they scored three runs in the fifth, another in the sixth and two more in the seventh to seal the win.
GAME 2: DEAN COLLEGE 9, WELLS COLLEGE 1
Freshman hurler Zoe Coleman (Woonsocket, R.I.), making her first career start – was strong in the circle and the Bulldog offense scored the game's final eight runs to secure a 9-1, five inning triumph.
Coleman tossed five innings, allowing six hits and one earned run while striking out four with no walks.
With the game tied at 1-1, Dean scored three unearned runs and then added another on a Seacord single – all in the fourth.
Ahead 4-1, the Bulldogs got two more runs in the fifth on a Gianna Bencivengo (North White Plains, N.Y.) RBI double and a Menzinger single.
Dean then wrapped up the game in the fifth when Rios-Nevarez drove in a run with a single and then Bencivengo delivered the game-winning run with a run-scoring double to right center.
The Bulldogs wrap up their stay in Myrtle Beach on Friday with contests against Lycoming (3:30 PM) and Penn College (5:30 PM).