Softball Earns First SSC Victory Versus Florida Tech in Split

Melbourne, Fla. – Lynn University's softball team picked up their first Sunshine State Conference win on Saturday with a 5-1 victory over Florida Tech in the first game of a double-header but fell 4-0 in game two. The win is head coach Amy Bellisari's first win on the road against the Panthers. With the split, Lynn moves to 17-15 overall and 1-8 in the SSC.

Danielle McNeil had five hits on the afternoon with multiple hits in both contests while Kasey Murray tossed a complete game in the opening contest

In the third inning of game one, the Fighting Knights took the lead off of a two-run bomb from Devin Kochergen to right field, scoring McNeill. With her 10th home run and 37th run batted in the senior from Mandera Ranchos, Calif., is one home run and two RBI away from cracking the top-five for most in a single season in program history.

Lynn added to the lead in the fifth inning. The Blue & White chipped in one run with a bases-loaded single up the middle by Kaci Vassallo, scoring Cydney Schmidt.

The Fighting Knights used a game-high five hits in the sixth frame to make it a 5-0 ballgame. Schmidt picked up her first RBI of the contest scoring Jasmine Campos with a single to left field. McNeill connected on her third hit of the game to bring home Crystal Cano.

Florida Tech (20-11, 6-3 SSC) got on the scoreboard in the sixth inning after loading up the bases and scoring one run.

Lynn's defense held the Panthers to just five hits while the offense had 12, led by McNeill and her three. Jasmine Campos and Schmidt also had multiple hits in the victory with two.

Murray (7-8) got the 'W' in the first conference win of the season, throwing a complete game with five strikeouts and one run allowed.

Game two saw the Panthers scored runs in the second and fifth before doubling the total with two more in the sixth. McNeill had two hits with her ninth double of the 2014 season.

Cherise McEnery walked her way closer to Lynn history as she drew her 21st base on balls in the second inning of the encore.  With the walk, the junior from Cloverdale, Calif., now has the fourth most in one season at Lynn.

In the fourth inning Murray singled to left field, giving every Fighting Knight who batted in the double-header a hit.

Montgomery (7-5) was tagged with the loss after throwing her 11th complete game.  She surrendered four runs off 11 hits with two strikeouts.

The Fighting Knights host regional-rival Palm Beach Atlantic in a doubleheader on March 19, at 2 pm.  Fans can watch the action live at LynnFightingKnights.com and receive in-game updates by following @LUKnights on Twitter an Instagram.