West Palm Beach, Fla.- With the game tied 10-all in the top of the 11th, Lynn University's softball team was looking to an extra inning battle since it was postponed March 19 against Palm Beach Atlantic (26-10). Unfortunately the Sailfish scored in the top of the 11th inning on a sacrifice fly to take the 11-10 lead. Lynn left the tying run on third base to end the game in PBA's favor. The two teams then began the regular scheduled non-conference doubleheader in which Kasey Murray went 5-for-8 with two runs scored to lead the Blue & White's offense.
Palm Beach Atlantic blanked Lynn 4-0 in the opener. The Sailfish took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning on three hits before Lynn's pitcher, Murray, was able to escape the bases loaded threat. Lynn loaded the bases itself but an interference call against Cydney Schmidt would end the inning early.
A frame later, Murray started a two-out rally with a single through the right side. Kaci Vassallo followed suit with a single through the opposite side of the field. Lynn's runners advanced on a wild pitch by PBA's pitcher, Amber Johnson, to put the go-ahead run in scoring position but Crystal Cano popped up to first base to end the inning. In the bottom half of the inning Palm Beach Atlantic added another run before a groundout by Lindsey Johnson would leave bases loaded halting the Sailfish from expanding their 2-0 lead any further.
The home team added a pair of insurance runs in the bottom of the fourth inning on four hits to seal the 4-0 victory as Lynn left nine runners on base in the loss.
Murray allowed ten hits and four earned runs over six innings of work for the Fighting Knights while going 2-for-4 at the plate. Sara Vazquez was the only other member of Lynn's squad to have a multi-hit game, going 2-for-3 with one strikeout.
Lynn's offense came alive in the second game of the double header after falling into a 2-0 deficit early. Trailing 2-0 in the top of the fourth inning, Leanne Wright doubled through the left side with one out. Wright moved safely to third on a sacrifice bunt by Schmidt and would later score on a double to left centerfield by Vazquez to cut the deficit in half.
Palm Beach Atlantic answered back in the bottom half of the frame scoring two runs on two hits while leaving one runner on base and then would make a pitching change in the top of the fifth inning to face the heart of Lynn's lineup.
Murray singled, advanced to second and then moved to third on a fielding error by the centerfielder with one out to start the Fighting Knights rally. Two batters later Cano reached on catcher's interference to place runners on the corners for the Blue & White's power-hitting first baseman Cherise McEnery.
McEnery singled to score Murray and moved Cano to second. Wright, the next batter, was hit by a pitch to load the bases. An RBI walk by Schmidt cut Lynn's deficit to one, 4-3, with two outs. Kayti Lundin came in to pitch for PBA but she would walk the first Fighting Knight she faced, Vazquez, to tie the game 4-all. PBA scored the go-ahead run in the bottom of the inning but Lynn quickly answered back in the top of the sixth when a wild pitch with bases loaded scored Murray to once again knot the game.
The Fighting Knights set the Sailfish down in order in the bottom of the sixth for the first time since the first inning. Lynn stranded the go-ahead run on third in the top of the seventh inning when Vassallo grounded out to shortstop with Danielle McNeill at third.
In the bottom of the seventh Johnson hit a one-out single to left centerfield and scored from first on a double by Victoria Gonzalez a batter later for the 6-5 win.
Missy Montgomery tossed six and a third innings allowing ten hits in the loss. Murray led the team once again going 3-for-4 at the plate with two runs scored. McEnery and Cano also had multi-hit games for the Blue & White.
Lynn (20-25) will travel to Saint Leo for a three-game Sunshine State Conference series on Friday, April 11. First pitch is set for 7:00 p.m. Fans can log on to LynnFightingKnights.com to follow the action live. Don't forget to 'Like' us on Facebook and follow @LUKnights on Twitter and Instagram.