Fighting Knights Split on Final Day in Clearwater
CLEARWATER, Fla.- Lynn University’s softball team split its double-header in the final day of the Eckerd College Spring Invitational. Kasey Murray hit a two-run double in the 11-3 loss to Georgia College while pitching three innings on the mound, letting up four hits, eight runs, with only one of them earned. Bianca Savulak went three-for-four with three RBIs in the second game versus Sunshine State Conference foe Eckerd College. Lynn’s 5-4 win over Eckerd was the first time the Knights saw a SSC team all season. LU moves to 5-4 on the season.
A sacrifice bunt from Savulak in the third inning against Georgia College would move Christina Carvatta to second base after Carvatta led of with a single to second base. Devin Kochergen reached on an error by the third baseman, which put runners on the corners. A single up the middle from Kaci Vassallo that scored Carvatta for the Blue and White to lead 1-0.
Lynn didn’t hold the lead long as GCSU scored three runs in the bottom of the third on two hits and three errors while stranding one to lead 3-1. Lynn pressured in the top of the fourth inning with a 3-1 count single to left field from Jasmine Campos but the Knights finished the inning stranding runners on first and second.
In the bottom of the fourth inning the Bobcats would score seven runs on four hits and two hits. After the first two runs scored LU’s Head Coach Bellisari called Missy Montgomery to the bullpen to reileve Murray. Kristen Humphries pinch hit for Whitney Okvist with two outs, worked a full count before Montgomery sent her down looking, which would strand three on base for the Bobcats.
Heading into the top of the fifth inning with the Bobcats leading 10-1, LU began a one out rally after a double to deep left field from Murry, that scored Van Casteren and Kochergen. Two consecutive strike outs for the Blue and White would end the inning, stranding runners in scoring position.
A sacrifice fly ball to centerfield was all the Bobcats needed in the bottom of the fifth to score and end the game with a final of 11-3.
Vassallo picked up a hit and a RBI in the loss, while the Fighting Knights left nine on base.
In the second game Eckerd got on the board first when a two-out, RBI triple from Sunshine State Player of the week Kara Oberer scored Chelsea Jeffares. Vassallo threw out Oberer on her way to third to end the inning.
Lynn tied the game at 1-all in the fourth inning when Savulak singled to right center, and advanced to second when Kochergen fouled out to deep left field. Vassallo’s RBI double send Savulak home from second to knot the scoreboard. LU had one run on three hits, while leaving two on base.
The Tritons answered back in the top of the fifth inning scoring one run on two hits after a pitching change for the Knights. Montgomery, who had her third start of the season, let up one run on four hits over four innings of work. Another hit for Oberer would send home Sabrina Lolo who walked earlier in the inning for the 2-1 lead.
In the bottom of the fifth Campos reached on fielding error by the shortstop. Vicky Naginsky hit a double down the left field line to score Campos for a tie game. A single from Carvatta to the shortstop, followed by her stealing second set up Savulak for a two-run, full-count single up the middle. Logan Rohrback came in for the Tritons and threw six straight balls, one being a wild pitch that advanced Savulak to second, before she stuck out the next two batters. Murray popped up to the second baseman to end the inning with LU leading 4-2.
In the bottom of the sixth the Blue and White notched its final run of the game on another full-count single up the middle from Savulak that scored Campos, who singled up the middle with one out.The Fighting Knights stranded three on base after scoring one run on two hits. Eckerd pressured Lynn in the top of the seventh inning scoring two runs on three hits but a line drive to Vicky Naginsky would end the game with LU on top, 5-4.
The Fighting Knights went 3-2 at the Eckerd Tournament, setting them above .500 on the season. On February 16, the Blue and White will travel to St. Augustine, Fla. to take on No. 13 Flagler, who defeated the Knights 6-2 in the first game of this weekend’s tournament. First pitch of the double-header is set for 12 pm. Fans can follow all the action at LYNNFightingKnights.com. Don’t forget to ‘Like’ us on Facebook and follow @LUKnights on Twitter and Instagram.