Down Goes Sparta: Softball Ends Season with Win Over No. 9 Tampa

Down Goes Sparta: Softball Ends Season with Win Over No. 9 Tampa

Tampa, Fla. – Lynn University's softball team split its twin bill with ninth-ranked Tampa on Friday, dropping a close 2-1 contest before pulling off its biggest upset of the year with an 8-4 victory to end the 2014 season. Lynn had not defeated Tampa since 2006 while this also marked the first home loss of the season for the Spartans.  Despite only winning one of the three games Lynn outscored their rival 9-8 in total. With the split, Lynn concludes the year 21-30 overall and 5-19 in the Sunshine State Conference.

Jasmine Campos was able to get the Blue & White offense going early in the second contest of the day, singling home Danielle McNeill to put her team ahead 1-0.  Tampa (31-6, 19-5 SSC) responded by plating all of its runs in the home half of the first.  

Devin Kochergen was able to knot the score up at four an inning later when she smashed a three-run home run off of Spartan ace Kayla Cox.  Her moonshot became the first home run hit out of the Naimoli Family Field complex.  The senior from Madera Ranchos, Calif., concludes her remarkable season with the second-most home runs (14) and third-most runs batted in  (49) in a season in program history.

Lynn retook the lead in the fifth inning, starting off with a solo bomb from Cherise McEnery. The junior from Cloverdale, Calif., became the second player to hit a home run out of the Naimoli Family Field Complex.  McEnry finished the 2014 campaign with 11 home runs, tied for the fifth most in a single season.
The lead extended with a two-run double to right center from Kasey Murray and a RBI single by Kaci Vassallo immediately after.  With her 32nd double, Murray moved into sole possession of fifth place all-time at Lynn.

Missy Montgomery (9-10) completed her 16th game of the season, holding the nationally-ranked Spartans to only four runs, all earned. She struck out one and walked three.

Freshman Crystal Cano was among five Fighting Knights who recorded multiple hits in the game, ending the day with a 3-for-4 performance. 

In the first game of the doubleheader, the Blue & White surrendered two runs in the opening frame and never could take the lead.

Murray hit her first triple of the season in the fourth, bringing in a runner to cut the deficit to 2-1. The senior from Lutz, Fla., was tagged with the loss after surrendering two runs off four hits in her final collegiate performance. She finished the season with a 9-15 record.

The Fighting Knights conclude their best offensive season under head coach Amy Bellisari. As a unit they cracked the top-five for RBIs (2nd), batting average (4th) hits (4th) and home runs (5th).

Lynn graduates Kochergen, McNeill and Murray but returns six starters and 11 letterwinners.  Fans can read more about the softball team at and receive updates by following @LUKnights on Twitter and Instagram.