Purchase, N.Y. – The Manhattanville softball team captured their third straight Skyline Conference regular season title, sweeping the visiting Farmingdale State Rams 13-0 and 12-0. The Valiants win streak reached 14 with today's victories.
Senior Michele Ribeiro (West Hartford, Conn.) led the Valiants with two homeruns, while senior pitcher Maggie Thomas (Malvern, Penn.) picked up the wins on the mound.
With the wins the Valiants improve to 23-7 overall and a perfect 14-0 in the Skyline Conference with two games remaining. Farmingdale falls to 9-12 overall and 5-7 in the Skyline.
Before the game Manhattanville honored the careers of its six seniors. These six seniors comprise the winningest class in the history of the program capturing their 100th and 101st wins today. The senior class is composed of Amanda Buonomo (Westbury, N.Y.), Casey Killard (East Meadow, N.Y.), Sarah Kinsley (Pearl River, N.Y.), Brianne Previti (Staten Island, N.Y.), Ribeiro and Maggie Thomas.
Previti led the offense in the first game, going 3-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored as the Valiants pounced on the Rams 13-0. Sophomore Nicole Oliva (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.) added two RBI while hitting 2-for-2 with a double.
The pitching duo was it again. After combining for a perfect game last weekend, the two combined to throw a no hitter in game one. Thomas pitched three innings, giving up no hits, while striking out three. Freshman pitcher Maura Bruen (Brewster, N.Y.) came on in relief to throw two innings, giving up no hits while striking out two. Each gave up one walk.
Junior Jaclyn Buckshaw took the loss on the mound for the Rams, giving up 13 runs on 10 hits.
In game two, Ribeiro got the scoring started for Manhattanville firing a shot over the left field fence for a 3 run home run in the third inning. Her home run started a 12 run inning for the Valiants, which also included another home run by Ribeiro, this time a two run. That was all the offense Manhattanville would need as they defeated Farmingdale 12-0.
Thomas pitched three innings, giving up two hits, while striking out five. Freshman pitcher Maura Bruen (Brewster, N.Y.) came on in relief to throw two innings, giving up one hit while striking out one. Thomas is now only five wins away from becoming the fourth pitcher in Division III to ever win 100 games.
For Farmingdale, Lauren Poplawski picked up the loss giving up 12 runs on 17 hits.
Manhattanville (22-7, 14-0 Skyline) has won 46 straight league regular season games since a 2004 loss to Centenary (N.J.). Manhattanville will wrap up the Skyline Conference when they travel to take on Maritime on Sunday for a double-header beginning at 12 p.m.
Story courtesy of Manhattanville Sports Information Office