Columbus, Ga.-Lynn University's softball team split on the final day of the Peach Belt-Sunshine State Crossover Challenge. Down to her last strike with runners on first and second, Cherise McEnery hit a homerun in the top of the seventh inning to lift Lynn University's softball team past Lander, 5-3, in the first game. McEnery went 2-for-2 with four RBI while Kasey Murray had a multi-hit game and earned her second consecutive win in the pitching circle. In the second game, No. 15 North Georgia blanked Lynn, 6-0, handing Murray a loss in her third start of the season.
Against Lander, Lynn scored two runs in the top of the second when McEnery hit a double to left center field, scoring Murray from second. With Leanne Wright at the plate, McEnery advanced to third on a wild pitch and later score on a single to left field.
Lander answered back in the bottom of the second when the cut Lynn's lead in half when Melanie Davis reached on an error by McEnery at first base, scoring Bucholz from third.
A two-run homerun by Taylor Donson would give Lander its first lead of the game, 3-2, with no outs in the bottom of the fifth. Three consecutive outs would end the inning but the damage was already done.
The Fighting Knights would leave bases loaded in the top of the fourth and then again in the top of the sixth, unable to score runs.
A pop-up followed by a fly ball to left field by Devin and Kochergen saw Lynn down by three with only one more out. That's when Murray smacked a double down the left field line and Vassallo drew a walk putting the tying run at first. McEnery stepped into the batter's box and with a 2-2 count she sent the next pitch over the left centerfield fence, giving Lynn the 5-3 lead.
Lander threatened in the bottom of the seventh with bases loaded and two outs but Montesanti hit a ground ball to Jasmine Campos who would throw her out to seal the Fighting Knights victory.
In the second game Kasey Murray (2-2) pitched her second complete game of the day striking out three batters in the loss. McEnery and Vassallo each had multi-hit games.
North Georgia scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning when Jessica Finch grounded out to Jasmine Campos at short stop but Kim McMillan scored from third easily. Sarah Johnson scored from third on a passed ball during the next at bat before the Fighting Knights collected the final out leaving one runner on base.
In the third inning UNG extended its lead to 3-0 when Johnson singled up the middle to score Taylor Anne Merritt from second. Ansley Phillips would single up the middle to send Johnson and McMillan across the plate extending the Nighthawks' lead to 5-0.
A solo homerun by Johnson in the bottom of the fifth sealed the victory for UNG as Lynn was unable to answer back. The Fighting Knights left a total of six runners on base in the loss.
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