By Samip Delhiwala
Published: May 2nd, 2018
The Brooklyn College women’s softball team pitching staff struggled yet again, dropping both games of a doubleheader (10-3, 9-5) against John Jay College last Tuesday afternoon at Fordham University in Manhattan. The two losses mark an end to the Bulldogs’ season.
BC (5-19, 2-10 in conference) started the first game with a leadoff triple, but failed to capitalize and bring the runner home. John Jay (8-20, 5-5 in conference) made sure to take advantage of offensive opportunities in the bottom of the second inning, scoring six runs on four hits and three BC errors.
The Bulldogs halved the Bloodhound lead by scoring three runs in the top of the third inning, but John Jay responded in the bottom of the fourth with four runs. The teams exchanged scoreless innings for the remainder of the game.
Shortstop Leslia Lima led the Bulldogs with two hits and an RBI. Brianna Preston, Viviana Torres, and Breanna Maresca each collected two hits as well.
Ueha Xharo (5-13) can owe most of her loss to BC defense. Despite giving up eight hits in six innings, Xharo only picked up two earned runs. The remaining eight resulted from a whopping nine BC errors, including three from Preston.
Lisa Pellegrino led the Bloodhounds with seven innings of work, while giving up three earned runs on nine hits and striking out seven.
John Jay didn’t waste any time getting its offense running in the second game of the doubleheader. Pellegrino drilled a two-out, solo home run in the bottom of the first inning to give the Bloodhounds a quick 1-0 lead. The team followed up next inning with an additional four runs on five hits to take a commanding 5-0 lead into the third inning.
But the Bulldogs were not going down without a fight in their final two innings of the season.
After John Jay picked up another run in the fifth inning to take a 6-0 lead, the Bulldogs rallied for five runs in the sixth to cut the lead to 6-5. But Xharo struggled to keep the game close, and the Bloodhounds’ three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning sealed the deal for the Bulldogs.
Nicole Boudouris led Brooklyn with two hits and two RBIs, but Xharo pitched poorly again, giving up seven earned runs on 11 hits.
Pellegrino dominated from the batter’s box with three hits and five RBIs; she later came in for a five-out save and retired five out of the six batters she faced.
The Bulldogs finish the season with six straight losses; the team was never able to find momentum, despite a four-game winning streak in the middle of the season.