Softball vs. #10 Columbus State
Softball Splits on Opening Day
Modified Feb 03, 2013 12:50 AM
COLUMBUS, Ga.-Lynn University’s softball team split it’s pair of games on opening day of the 2013 season. In the first game of the Peach Belt/Sunshine State Conference Challenge LU faced No. 10 Columbus State of the PBC and lost 3-2. Lynn bounced back in the second game with a 4-3 victory over UNC Pembroke in a extra-innings thriller.
Kasey Murray pitched a complete game for both match-ups striking out six batters over the course of the day. Lynn scored three runs in the top of the seventh vs UNC Pembroke to force extra innings and pick up their first win of the season.
In the first game, after two scoreless innings Lynn got on the board first when Bianca Savulak fired a shot to left centerfield to drive in Christina Carvatta who got on base after being hit by a pitch and then advanced on a passed ball. LU held a 1-0 lead heading into the bottom of the third.
Columbus State wasted no time in answering back. Nina Rubio got on base with a single, then advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from Kaycee Meeks. A groundout advanced Rubio to third. A two-run shot over the left center fence from Kori Waugh in the bottom of the third would clear the bases to put the Cougars on top 2-1.
CSU scored their winning run in the fourth when Casey Googe came home on a single by Taylor Turner. With two outs Lynn got out of a jam, leaving two runners in scoring position.
In an interesting fifth inning, LU loaded the bases with Lydia West at the plate. West lined out to third base, leaving the bases loaded with two outs for Kaci Vassallo. A catcher’s interference would drive in a second run for the Knights.
LU threatened again in the sixth inning but a two out bunt attempt by freshman Jasmine Campos stranded two Knights on base. Kristen Carr came out of the Cougars bullpen in the seventh and pitched a 1-2-3 inning for the save.
Murray suffered her first loss of the season while giving up three runs on five hits. She struck out five while walking only one batter. Five Knights picked up hits in the game.
In the second game UNC Pembroke scored first in the top of the second, after Karlee Wilson doubled to left field driving in Brea Hartley who singled to centerfield on a 2-0 count. The Braves scored again their next time up to the plate when Shelby Holland singled to right field, sending Taylor Cloninger home who got on base after an error by Murray.
Lynn threatened in the top of the fourth inning after Devin Kochergen drew a walk, followed by West reaching on a fielder’s choice, bunt. Kochergen was thrown out at second. West stole second, and then was safe at third when Vassallo hit a fielder’s choice to third base. Murray popped up for the second out followed by a Danielle McNeill fly to centerfield that would end the inning, stranding two runners.
UNCP scored their third run in the bottom of the fourth when Cloninger singled down the left field line, advancing a runner to third and scoring Megan Hillard, who led off the inning with a single to the pitcher. Wilson flew out to right field, to close out the inning, leaving two on base. The Braves just needed three outs to secure the 3-0 win.
However, Lynn rallied in the top of the seventh inning when Murray led off with a walk off a fresh armed Ashlyn Reagan on the mound for Pembroke. McNeill was then hit by a pitch, which would place runners at first and second. Anne Marie Van Casteren grounded out to second base, advancing both runners. A passed ball would score Murray and send McNeill to the right corner. LU trailed 3-1 with one out.
Campos drew a walk, and then stole second, setting up Carvatta with runners in scoring position and one out. She would ground out to the pitcher, but not without scoring McNeill for the RBI and Campos moving over to third. A pitching change for the Braves would place Natalie Klemann back on the mound, who would let up a single to Savulak that would score Campos to tie the game, 3-all.
In the bottom of the seventh three consecutive batters would ground out to McNeill at third. Lynn would go on to score in the top of the eighth when West singled to left field and then stole second. Vassallo reached on a fielder’s choice and West advanced to third. With Murray at the plate and no outs, a single to right field would drive in West for the game winning run. Lynn would win 4-3 after a 1-2-3 bottom of the eighth inning.
Murray picked up the win, striking out one and walking three while also recording the game winning hit. West had two hits and two stolen bases. Savulak, Vassallo, and Van Casteren also picked up hits in the win.
Lynn heads into the second day of the Peach Belt/Sunshine State Conference Challenge 1-1 on the season. They will host North Georgia at 9 am and Armstrong at 11:30 am in another double-header. Fans can follow the Knights all season long at LYNNFightingKnights.com. Don’t forget to ‘Like’ us on Facebook and follow @LUKnights for in-game updates on Twitter and Instagram.