Softball Snaps FIT's Win Streak but Panthers Take Series
Boca Raton, Fla.- Lynn University’s softball team lost to Florida Tech in the first game of Sunday’s double header. The Fighting Knights bounced back in a 10-4 win to end the Panthers 13-game win streak. Kasey Murray picked up the win in game two while Missy Montgomery (6-6) got the loss pitching the first three innings of game one, allowing six runs on eight hits, before Murray came in for relief.
The Panthers held LU to just three hits in the first game. While Danielle McNeill scored Lynn’s only run of the game on an inside-the-park home run. The home run came in the bottom of the third inning with one out. The Blue and White was able to load the bases, but a strike out from by Smith for the Panthers would end the threat.
The panthers scored first on a two-run home run over the right center field fence by Lindsy Dugan. In the third, FIT added four more runs for a 6-0 lead. In the top of the fourth Kasey Murray took to the mound of the Fighting Knights and struck out her first batter she faced. A one-out walk followed by back to back hits would start a Panthers rally that scored three runs on three hits for the 9-1 advantage.
The Blue and White was unable to fight back and suffered the loss in just five innings. McNeill, Jasmine Campos and Anne Marie Van Casteren recorded the only hits for the Fighting Knights.
In game two, the Panthers wasted no time riding their momentum wave from game one. A double from Kara Dickinson to left center field would score FIT’s first run of the game for the 1-0 lead. After leaving one runner on base in the first, Lynn set the Panthers down in order in the top of the second.
The Fighting Knights batted through the order in the top of the second inning, scoring seven runs on four hits. It all started with a one-out infield single from Van Casteren. Christina Carvatta drew a dour pitch walk before both runners advanced on a balk by the Panthers ace. Campos drove in the first run on a single to center field. Cydney Schmidt, drew a full-count walk which loaded the bases. A single from McNeill followed by a bases loaded walk for Bianca Savulak would add two more runs for the Knights.
After a pitching change for Florida Tech, Nolan came on to relieve Smith, who pitched a complete five innings in game one. Nolan walked her first two faced batters before Kasey Murray reached on a fielder’s choice where the Panthers threw out Savulak at the plate. The Panthers would escape a bases loaded jam but not until the damage was done.
Smith returned to the mound in the top of the third, where she allowed two more runs from LU. The Fighting Knights were three outs away from ending the game in just the five inning minimum but LU let up three runs in for FIT to trail by five. Lynn added a security run in the bottom of the sixth for the 10-4 victory.
Van Casteren led the Fighting Knights offense going a perfect three-for-three with three RBI and one run scored. McNeill and Devin Kochergen also picked up multiple hits while Kaci Vassallo went one-for-three with two RBI. Every Knight scored a run in the 12-hit win.
Lynn will travel to Eckerd to face the Tritons in a three-game series beginning on Thursday, March 28. The Fighting Knights will look to improve their 17-16, 3-6 SSC record in the Sunshine State Conference match up. Fans can log on to www.LynnFightingKnights.com for live access to Lynn softball. Don’t forget to ‘Like’ us on Facebook and follow @LUKnights on Twitter and Instagram.