From NYU Athletics
Mary Tindall's fifth-inning grand slam erased a three-run deficit and lifted the New York University softball team to a 5-4 win over Ramapo College in its opening game of the day at the Osceola Softball Complex in Kissimmee, FL, on Tuesday, March 13.
The Violets (3-3) fell to The College of New Jersey (8-2) by a score of 11-1 in the nitecap.
NYU trailed 4-1 heading into the bottom of the fifth of the opener against the Roadrunners (4-2), who are ranked #14 in the nation by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA). Caroline Saccacio began the one-out rally with a walk. Claire Stefanellifollowed with a single. Dakota Damiani walked with two outs, and Tindall followed with her blast to left field.
"That was a big moment for this team," said Head Coach Now-Allah James. "We didn't hang our heads when we fell behind. That was a terrific rally and a memorable at-bat for Mary and for us. That's a great win against a great team."
That outburst held up due to the strong pitching of Scarlett Murphy, who struck out four batters in the final two innings, including the last batter of the game with two runners on. Murphy finished with seven strikeouts in going the distance and picking up her second win of the season.
"She really hung tough out there on the mound and gave it everything she had," James explained.
The second game wasn't so pretty, as the Violets only managed three hits. Tindall drove in NYU's lone run with a second-inning double.
- Tindall finished the day 2-for-5 with a home run, double, run scored, and five RBIs.
- King continued her hot start to the season by going 3-for-6 with two doubles, a run scored and a walk. She is now batting .591 (13-for-22) for the season.
- Claire Stefanelli had a pair of hits, while also drawing a walk and scoring a run.
- Taylor Kenerson also had two hits, including a double.
"As we progress, we have to find a way to build off of a win against a top team like Ramapo," James surmised.