Softball Shuts out Rams for Second Straight Victory

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Tori Free had a career high 14 strikeouts and only gave up three hits.

The St. John’s softball team won its final home of game of the season against Fordham (30-18), 3-0. The Red Storm continued their strong stretch of winning against non conference opponents, now winning four in a row against non league teams.

The fourth inning was the turning point of the game for the Red Storm. The game was tied until the Johnnies drove in three runs and totaled five hits.

Jackie Reed hit a sacrifice fly to right field to drive in Idaho native, Yvonne Rericha for the first run of fourth. Sophomore MacKenna Neuroth hit an RBI single to open up the game 2-0. Freshman Carly Williams drove in Dominique Marcelino with an RBI double to give the Johnnies a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth.

“This game is about timely hitting and we were able to string five hits and bring three across. That ended being the difference in the game for us” said head coach Amy Kvilhaug. “We got a couple of hits from the bottom of our lineup and they have been doing great for us the last five games.”

Freshman pitcher Tori Free was in command of Fordham batters for all seven innings. She allowed just three hits and finished with a career high 14 strikeouts.

“They weren’t on today and I took advantage.” Free said.

“Tori’s has shown a lot of growth and maturity the past few weeks and she’s closing out games with authority.” said Head coach Amy Kvilhaug.

The Johnnies are looking to finish the season strong with a three game series against Big East rival Villanova. “Its about having fun, our focus over the past four games we played relaxed”said Kvilhaug. “We have won three of our last four playing that way. Its no fun to play with pressure. That’s how we’ll play against a good Villanova team.”