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Feb 24, 2013 • 03:30 PM
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Softball Splits With Mercyhurst With a Walk-off Single in Second Game

Published Feb 24, 2013 06:16 PM
Modified Feb 24, 2013 06:16 PM
BOCA RATON, Fla.- Lynn University’s softball team split a pair of games with Mercyhurst College on Sunday afternoon. The Fighting Knights dropped the first game, 4-2, before coming from behind with a walk-off win in game two, 4-3. Kaci Vassallo along with four other Knights had multi-hit games.

In game one, Mercyhurst held a 3-0 lead after scoring three runs in the top of the third inning on two hits and an error. The Lakers would tack on another run in the top of the fifth when Fyffe singled to drive in Godin for the 4-0 lead. Lynn would escape the inning when Fyffe was thrown out by Kochergen on a steal attempt.

Three consecutive singles in the bottom of the seventh would begin a one-out rally for the Fighting Knights. After Kochergen popped up to the second baseman, Vassallo had a two-out full-count opportunity with runners in scoring positon. Vassallo reached on an error by the shortstop which scored McNeill and Carvatta. Unfortunately the rally was cut short on a line drive to second base to end the game with Mercyhurst on top, 4-2.

Kasey Murray pitched a complete seven innings, allowing only four runs, three earned. McNeill and Savulak both went two-for-three at the plate.

In game two, LU took an early lead in the bottom of the first inning when Vassallo singled to left field to drive in the lead-off hitter McNeill, for a 1-0 score. The Lakers would take a 2-1lead after scoring two runs on one hit in the top of the sixth inning.

After stranding a runner in the bottom of the sixth inning, the Fighting Knights took the field in the top of the seventh. An RBI single for Jezuit and the Lakers would extend their lead to 3-1.

Carvatta led off the top of the seventh inning with an infield single. McNEill reached on an error by the Mercyhurst pitcher before Savulak would go down looking. With one out, Kochergen singled up the middle to load the bases for Vassallo. Vassallo sent the ball up the middle for a two-RBI single to knot the score at 3-all. With two outs and runners on the corners, Murray stepped up to the plate for a single down the left field line to score Kochergen as the crowd erupted in cheers.

The walk-off victory comes as the Blue and White’s second of the season. LU enters the win column in double-digits before the end of February for the first time since the 2010 campaign. The 10-7 Fighting Knights will travel to Northwood on February 27. First pitch of the two game series is set for 1 pm. Fans can stay up-to-date with all the Fighting Knights action live at all season long. Don’t forget to ‘Like’ us on Facebook and follow @LUKnights on Twitter and Instagram.

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