Softball Splits on Final Day of Eckerd Invite

Softball Splits on Final Day of Eckerd Invite

Clearwater, Fla. – Lynn University's softball team braved the chilling wind and a two-and-a-half hour delay to split its two games on the final day of the Eckerd College Spring Invitational.  The Fighting Knights knocked-off Nova Southeastern 6-3 before falling 4-0 to Eckerd College to move to 4-4 overall. 

Final: Lynn 6, NSU 3; Eckerd 4, Lynn 0 
Records: Lynn (4-3), NSU (1-2), Eckerd (3-1) 
Location: Eddie C. Moore Athletic Complex | Clearwater, Fla.  
Series: Lynn trails Nova Southeastern 23-41 (last meeting 2015); Lynn leads 38-22 (last meeting 2015) 
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  • Game 1:
    • The Sharks gained a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the third when Megan Granitto singled in two runs and was followed by a RBI double from Dajia Jones.
    • NSU threatened an inning later, loading the bases with one out.  But Katelyn Key kept her composure and induced to pop-ups to end the frame.
    • Lynn's offense exploded for six runs in the sixth.  After a Sharks error to start the inning, the Blue & White loaded the bases on a single and walk from Leanne Wright and Geena CapitiniVictoria Rios brought home two with a RBI double to left center field, cutting the deficit to 3-2.
    • A walk to Hannah Tauscher put four ducks on the pond and Elizabeth Diaz brought them all home with a grand slam over the right field fence.
  • Game 2:
    • Eckerd started their scoring in the second frame with a RBI groundout from Dana Paul.
    • The Tritons added to their lead in the fourth when Janna Gaburo drove in a pair with a two-out, two-run double into the left center gap.
    • Lynn's best opportunity get on the scoreboard came in the sixth with runners on first and second but the Tritons retired the next two batters to keep the clean scoreboard.


  • Katelyn Key allowed three runs on eight hits while issuing one walk and fanning two batters to improve to 2-1.
  • Francais Olexa tossed 1.2 scoreless innings of relief for the save.
  • Rachel Lightner went the distance against Eckerd, allowing four runs on seven hits and four walks with a career-best five strikeouts.
  • Wright was 3-for-7 on the day and Rios ended the afternoon 2-for-6 with a pair of RBI.


  • Diaz's home run was the first of her career.
  • The Fighting Knights' two extra base hits against NSU were their first of the season.
  • Katelyn Key matched her victory total from 2015.
  • Francais Olexa picked up her second career save, and first since April 3, 2015 which came against Nova Southeastern.
  • Lightner tied the team's season-high for K's in a game and threw her first career complete game.


The Fighting Knights return to the diamond on Saturday, Feb. 13, at 1 p.m. when the host Maryville (Mo.) in their home opener.  Fans can watch the action live at