VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Sophomore Victoria Mahoney (Allenwood, N.J./Saint John Vianney) tossed a one-hit shutout and freshman Paige Csikortos (Rocky Point, N.Y./Rocky Point) collected five hits, five runs and two RBI on the afternoon as the St. Joseph's College (Brooklyn) softball team opened the 2017 Beach Blast Softball Tournament with an 11-0 triumph over SUNY Cobleskill and a 13-1 victory over Notre Dame of Maryland University on Friday afternoon.
Freshman Amber Wainwright (Taunton, Mass./Taunton) also belted four hits (two doubles), scored four times and drove in four runs.
- Final Score: St. Joseph's def. SUNY Cobleskill, 11-0 (5 inn.); St. Joseph's def. Notre Dame (Md.), 13-1 (5 inn.)
- Location: Virginia Beach, Va.
- Field: Princess Anne Athletic Complex
- Records: St. Joseph's (3-1), SUNY Cobleskill (0-1), Notre Dame (Md.) (0-1)
Game 1: St. Joseph's 11, SUNY Cobleskill 0 (5 inn)
- SJC Starters: Csikortos (RF), Rancel (LF), Wainwright (DP), Ferrigno (3B), Gentile (1B), Marino (CF), Quintana (2B), Simon (SS), Baglino (C), Mahoney (P)
- St. Joseph's got on the board quickly posting three in the top of the first. Csikortos started the inning with a single, stole second, advanced to third on a grounder and came home on a Wainwright single for the deciding run. The Bears loaded the bases drawing back-to-back walks and after Wainwright scored on a wild pitch, Destiny Marino belted a single that scored Kristin Ferrigno.
- A three-run cushion was more than enough for Mahoney (2-0) who struck out the side in the first and retired the first 10 batters she faced. Cobleskill spoiled the perfect game bid on a Quesha Sells infield single in the fourth and a Bears miscue later allowed her to move to third, but Mahoney preserved the shutout with a grounder and she worked another perfect inning in the fifth.
- Csikortos led off the second with a double and later scored on a wild pitch and Stephanie Rancel knocked a single and later stole home to move the Bears ahead 5-0. SJC tacked on a solo run in the fourth on a Wainwright double that scored Rancel—the second of her three runs scored in the game.
- A Kristin Ferrigno two-out single, two-run single highlighted a five-run frame that put the game out of reach.
- Csikortos (2-4), Wainwright (2-3) and Ferrigno (2-3) all knocked two hits apiece as the Bears combined for nine hits.
- Wainwright and Ferrigno were the top run producers with two RBI each. Csikortos and Rancel (1-2) both scored three runs each with Rancel swiping three bases on the game.
Game 2: St. Joseph's 13, Notre Dame (Maryland) 1 (5 inn)
- SJC Starters: Csikortos (2B), Rancel (LF), Wainwright (DP), Ferrigno (3B), Gentile (1B), Marino (CF), Quintana (2B), Simon (SS), Campuries (C), Armano (P)
- Notre Dame drew first blood in the top of the first off a Sydney Salgado RBI double, but that would be the only blemish to starter Theresa Armano (1-0) as she settled in and struck out five and scattered just six hits and two walks to pick up her first win of the season.
- The Bears quickly got the run back putting up four in the bottom half, Notre Dame issuing a pair of walks start the inning, followed by a Wainwright single to load the bases. Ferrigno opened the scoring with a two-run single and Marino later belted a double to bring home Wainwright.
- St. Joseph's tacked on two unearned runs in the second on a pair of Gator miscues and blew the game open in the third with six more runs. Csikortos highlighted the third with a two-run single that scored Marino and Nicole Quintana who knocked hits earlier in the inning and Wainwright delivered Csikortos home with a double.
- Csikortos finished the game 3-for-3 with two RBI, two runs, and a double.
- Wainwright (2-4, 3 R, RBI), Marino (2-3, RBI, R, 2B) and Sarah Kampuries (2-3, R) all knocked a pair of hits each. It was the first collegiate hits for Kampuries.
The Bear Facts
- Mahoney faced just two batters over the minimum for her first career shutout.
- Her one-hitter is the 34th in team history with three tossed last season, one by Armano on 4/6/2016.
- At 3-1 overall, the Bears are off to their best start since 2010, when the Bears opened 5-0.
- It was the first meeting ever against SUNY Cobleskill.
- St. Joseph's remains perfect at 6-0 all-time against Notre Dame the teams meeting for the first time since 2012.
Next Up for St. Joseph's
The Bears wrap up their first appearance in the Virginia Wesleyan College Beach Blast Softball Tournament facing Rochester Institute of Technology and Eastern University tomorrow starting at 12 p.m. Video will be available for the second game against Eastern at 2 p.m.