Softball vs. Tampa
Spartans Sweep Softball on Senior Day
Modified Apr 27, 2013 05:45 PM
Boca Raton, Fla.- Lynn University’s softball team was held to just one run on three hits in the final two games of the season. In the 7-0, 5-1, losses Lynn’s lineup struggled offensively against the top pitching in the nation. Devin Kochergen, Anne Marie Van Casteren, and Danielle McNeill picked up the only hits of the double header for LU while McNeill scored the only run.
In the first game, Tampa’s Kayla Cox struck out the first three Fighting Knights she faced. The first inning foreshadowed how the day would play out. Cox walked Vassallo to lead off the second inning but shook off the stress and maintained a no-hitter into the fourth inning.
Tampa took a 1-0 lead when Lindsay Dring singled to the Fighting Knights pitcher which would score Brie Walton, unearned. The Blue and White escaped the threat in the third inning stranding two Spartans on base.
A lead off single by Kochergen in the bottom of the fourth would break up Cox’s no-hitter, a feat she achieved in the opening game on the series on Friday night. Kochergen reached second on a sacrifice bunt from Kasey Murray but was stranded when Van Casteren went down looking for Cox’s 10th strike out of the game.
Three consecutive singles to begin the top of the fifth would load the bases for the Spartans with no outs. A RBI walk for Megan Burke would plate a run giving UT a 2-0 lead. A grand slam over the left field fence by Taylor Storey would score four more runs for the Spartans to lead 6-0.
Tampa added and insurance run in the top of the seventh to secure a 7-0 win. Cox earned her 23rd win of the season while retiring 13 Knights on strikes. Missy Montgomery (8-14) pitched a complete game while allowing seven runs, five earned, on 12 hits. Montgomery struck our four Spartans while walking two.
In game two, Lynn would strand two runners on base after McNeill was plunked by a pitch to lead off the game. Vassallo reached base on balls two build an early threat against UT. Julia Morrow was was backed by a solid Spartans defense that avoided any Lynn base runners to cross the plate. Tampa scored two runs on two hits in the top of the third inning. Lynn escaped the jam with two runners on to avoid any more UT runs to score.
Lynn scored its only run of the series in the bottom of the sixth inning when McNeill, who reached base on a walk, scored on a throwing error by the Spartans third baseman. Tampa had held Lynn to 18 scoreless innings before McNeill touched home safely. The Spartans called to Cox in the bullpen after the Fighting Knights cut the lead to 2-1, where she stranded a runner on base when Vassallo grounded out to first base.
A lead off home run by Colletti was the first of three runs on four hits in the top of the seventh inning. A diving catch by McNeill just in foul territory would end the seventh inning. Van Casteren reached on a single up the middle in the bottom of the third but it was not enough as the Fighting Knights would fall 5-1 in the final game of the season.
Kasey Murray (11-17) allowed seven hits, five runs, while striking out two batters in the loss. Morrow earned her eighth victory of the season while Cox picked up her third save.
The Fighting Knights finish the season 19-31, 5-19 in the Sunshine State Conference. Lynn will graduate seniors Bianca Savulak, Karolina Bazua, and Amanda Schultz this season. All three were honored before the double header in Senior Day ceremonies.
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