Alissi laced a triple to right field to start off the top of the sixth inning and scored the only run of the game on a ground out by Brianna Craft as Hamden edged Guilford, 1-0, at Bittner Park Wednesday morning.
“I was just looking to make contact because I’ve been struggling with my hitting,” said Alissi. “I trusted the rest of the team to get me home.”
Prior to Alissi’s triple, Hamden had managed only one hit off Guilford freshman righthander Amanda King (10 strikeouts), that coming by Jocelyn Rivera in the fourth inning.
“She (King) threw a lot of changeups and it got in our heads a little bit,” said Alissi.
Meanwhile, Hamden pitcher Leah Rowe kept mowing down the Indians’ hitters. She allowed just one baserunner, a single by Marieke Page in the third inning. Page moved to second on a sacrifice bunt, but was stranded there by Rowe, who fanned 10 batters and walked none in her complete game outing.
Guilford had an opportunity of the contest to knot things in the bottom of the sixth when Megan Zampano reached on a error to lead off the inning. But Rowe bore down and was able to get out of the inning.
Hamden tried to put an insurance run on the board in the top of the seventh as Rivera and Maia String reached on infield hits to open the inning. But King got a strikeout and two infield outs to end the threat.
Guilford had one last chance to tie things in the bottom of the seventh inning when shortstop Olivia Boudreau led off with a double down the left field line. Zajac decided not to bunt Boudreau over to third where she could score on a ground out or error, but instead let cleanup hitter Ashley Ignatowski hit away.
“Ashley has been one of our best hitters and has power, so I was going to stick with her,” said Guilford coach Steve Zajac. “With my No. 4 hitter up, I’m not going to take the bat out her hands on her third time up with that pitcher.”
Ignatowski popped up for the first out and then Rowe fanned both Mackenzie Iasparra and Lily Young to end the game.
Hamden improved to 3-2 with the victory.
“I’m extremely happy with the win,” said Hamden coach Tricia Shugrue. “We just have some issues with our batting we have to work on.”
Guilford is winless in five starts.
“Amanda stepped up today,” said Zajac. “We just have to hit and get her some runs.”