Softball Climbs Above .500

BROOKLYN, NY -  The NYU-Poly softball team climbed above the .500 mark Wednesday afternoon, as they swept John Jay College by scores of 12-4 and 11-0 in non-conference action at Floyd Bennet Field.

The Lady Jays are now 11-9 overall and are on a current six game winning streak.  John Jay falls to 3-7 overall.

It looked dreary in more ways than one, during game one, as overcast skies and a lack of energy in the NYU-Poly bats resulted in a 3-3 tie in the top of the third. John Jay scored three times to chase NYU-Poly starter Miranda Merilli (Altoona, PA).

In the home half of the inning freshmen Christi Bruin (Auburn, WA) smacked the first of her three doubles and five RBI in the game to put NYU-Poly back on top. She would add another 3-RBI double in the fourth, and topped that with a game-ending double in the bottom of the sixth that drove in sophomore Annamarie Smith (Henderson, NV), who was 2-for-2 in game one.

Freshmen Briana Feist (San Diego, CA) came in to the game in relief and picked up the win as she scattered three hits while striking out eight.

Merilli would come back strong in game two, as she threw a complete game shutout. She allowed just four hits while sitting down nine batters.

Smith had the big bat, going 3-for-3, which included a pair of doubles. She scored twice and drove in three more. Sophomore Corine Fitzgibbons (Brooklyn, NY) was also perfect going 2-for-2 with three runs scored and two RBI.

Smith went 5-for-5 for the day, and was busy rounding the bases as she scored five times. She added 4 RBI in the two games.

NYU-Poly is back in action on Saturday as they face off against Farmingdale in a battle for first-place in the Skyline Conference. Game time is set for 12:00 at Floyd Bennet Field.