The Division III St. Joseph’s College (Brooklyn) softball team erupted for a total of 44 runs while its pitchers fired 10 innings of no-run, one-hit ball in its doubleheader sweep of host Brooklyn College (0-2) on Monday evening to extend its win streak to seven games.
Senior pitcher Jessica Mecham flirted with perfection and blazed a no-hitter in game one, while sophomore hurler Brianna Kilimet tossed a one-hit shutout in game two.
Sophomore Autumn Poppett and junior middle infielder Nicole Trani both highlighted the Bears’ offensive outburst by both going deep. Freshman infielder Bella Hurtado and freshman outfielder/second baseman Lauren Van Der Kamp both drove in five runs apiece on the evening.
In game two, St. Joseph’s scored multiple runs in every frame, building an 11-0 advantage through three before tacking on six in the fourth, and hanging nine in the fifth for 26-0 victory. The Bears’ offensive outburst set new program records for runs in a contest, largest margin of victory, and doubles (10).
Game one saw St. Joesph’s post 18 runs while Kilimet was specular in the circle.
Poppett led off the fourth with a solo dinger for her first collegiate homer in her career. Van Der Kamp finished with four RBI in a 1-for-2 performance and scored a run. Sofia Logreco and Maeve McKeon both recorded multi-hit games, knocking two hits each with a double and stolen base. Hurtado picked up three RBI.
At 8-1 overall, the Bears are off their best start in the program’s NCAA era and best since the 2004 season that started at 14-0.
— Jerry Del Priore
Photo of senior pitcher Jessica Mecham: St. Joseph’s Brooklyn Athletic Department.