HENNIKER, N.H. – The Johnson State College softball team fell to New England College 9-5 and 3-2 in a non-conference doubleheader on Saturday afternoon.
The Badgers fall to 1-7 while the Pilgrims improve to 10-14 overall.
NEC 9, Johnson 5
NEC answered back with four runs in the bottom half of the inning to take a 4-1 lead.
Johnson tied things up with three runs in the fourth, including a two-run home run by Alannah Farley (Ryegate, Vt.).
The Pilgrims took back the lead for good in the bottom of the fourth with three runs to take the 7-4 lead. The Badgers tacked on one more in the fifth and NEC added two in the sixth to bring the final score to 9-5.
New England College's Gabriella Marcheschi picked up the win, pitching four innings and allowing three runs on four hits while striking out one. Kaitlynn Woodward (White River, Vt.) was tabbed with the loss for the Badgers allowing four earned runs in six innings of work while striking out two.
NEC 3, Johnson 2
The Badgers picked up both of their runs on a two RBI double by Hannah Leroux (Albany, Vt.) in the top of the first.
Leroux held the Pilgrims at bay on the mound until the bottom of the fourth, when NEC plated three runs to take the 3-2 lead, which they held on to for the victory.
Debra Mazzeo pitch seven innings in the win, allowing two runs on four hits with five strikeouts. Leroux was tagged with the loss, giving up three runs on seven hits in six innings of work.
Johnson will visit Middlebury for a non-conference doubleheader starting at 3:30.