Game 1 Score: Salem State 12, Dean College 8
Game 2 Score: Medaille College 8, Dean College 0
Location: North Myrtle Beach Sports Complex, North Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Date: Monday, March 11, 2019
GAME 1: Salem State 12, Dean College 8
Salem State scored four runs in the top of the seventh inning and the Vikings held off a game Bulldog squad who rallied on two occasions to tie the game before eventually falling in their season opener.
Dean found itself trailing 4-0 after the first inning but clawed back and got two runs – one on an RBI triple for Melanie Rios-Nevarez (Vega Alta, Puerto Rico) and another on a run-scoring single from Madisyn Butler (Richfield Springs, N.Y.).
Rios-Nevarez drove in another run on a second inning single and then starting pitcher Alison Nelson (Candia, N.H.) helped her own cause with an RBI single that evened the score at 4-4 after two innings.
The Vikings tacked on three more runs in the third and another in the fourth, but Nelson smacked an RBI triple in the fifth to kickstart and four-run inning for the Bulldogs who also go RBI singles from Miranda Seacord (Cambridge, N.Y.) and Courtney Holden (Bridgeport, Conn.) and an RBI double from Shelby Smith (Southwick, Mass.), tying the score once again at 8-8 through five.
Salem State, however, pushed four runs across in the seventh, highlighted by a Kasey Nolan RBI double.
Dean's final run came when Olivia Houlihan (Webster, Mass.) drove in Seacord with a single to center.
Rios-Nevarez was 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored, while Butler went 3-for-4 as did Seacord and Smith.
GAME 2: Medaille College 8, Dean College 0
Victoria Waugaman spun a one-hitter, striking out four as the Mavericks blanked the Bulldogs in the nightcap.
Waugaman yielded a single to Karissa Menzinger (Centereach, N.Y.) to lead off the second inning, but then retired the final 12 batters she faced to pick up her first win of the season.
Smith took the loss for Dean, allowing six hits and just three earned runs over four innings in her first career start.
Waugaman also shined at the plate with a hit and an RBI but Mercedes Sulzbach delivered the biggest blow – a three-run double in the fourth that put the game away.