Clermont, Fla. – A close game ended the wrong way for Lynn University's softball team as a Southern Connecticut grand slam in the bottom of the sixth decided the contest in a 5-1 loss.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final: Game 1: Lynn vs. NW Ohio ppd (Rain); Game 2: Southern Connecticut St. 5, Lynn 1
Records: Lynn (9-19-1), Southern Connecticut St. (2-5)
Location: Henderson Softball Complex | Clermont, Fla.
All-Time Series: Lynn tied 2-2 all-time (Last meeting 2007).
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HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Lynn hit the Owls hard in the opening frame but came up empty with a pair of runners in scoring position.
- Leanne Wright up the Fighting Knights ahead 1-0 in the third with a sharp drive in to the left center field gap, scoring Victoria Rios.
- Southern Connecticut State knotted the game 1-1 in the fourth when Victoria Ceballos drove home Giuliana D'Arcangelo with a two-out single up the middle.
- The two squads exchanged goose eggs on the scoreboard until the bottom of the sixth. Two singles and a walk loaded the bases but Olexa fanned BryAnna McIntosh for the second out. After a conference in the circle, Arianna Medeiros belted the first pitch she saw over the left center field fence to put Southern Connecticut State ahead 5-1.
STATS FROM THE GAME:
- Leanne Wright went 3-for-4 at the plate with a RBI.
- Olexa allowed five runs on nine hits with two walks and three strikeouts in the circle and was 1-for-3 at the plate.
- SCSU's Medeiros went 4-for-4 with a run scored and four runs batted in.
- Kelsey Cockrill fanned 11 batters with four walks and two hitters hit by pitch.
BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:
- Wright accounted for half of the team's six hits.
- Rios threw out a runner at second.
- The Fighting Knights stranded 11 runners.
- Lynn's game vs. Northwest Ohio was cancelled to rain.
Lynn returns to the diamond on Sunday, March 20, when it battles NYIT at 1 pm followed by a 3 pm tilt with Southern Connecticut State. Fans can keep up with the action live at LynnFightingKnights.com.