Daytona Beach, Fla. – A pair of tight games slipped away from Lynn University's softball team in a twinbill against Embry-Riddle on Friday evening. The Fighting Knights fell 2-1 and 4-1 to the Eagles, dropping their overall record to 12-23-1.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final: Game 1 – Embry-Riddle 2, Lynn 1; Game 2 – Embry-Riddle 4, Lynn 1
Records: Lynn (12-23-1), Embry-Riddle (27-8)
Location: ERU Softball Stadium | Daytona Beach, Fla.
All-Time Series: Lynn trails 1-5 (Last played 2015)
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HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Game 1
- Lynn grabbed the 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when Victoria Rios smacked a two-out RBI double down the right field line.
- The Eagles scored the equalizer in the third with a solo home run by Kassidy Simons.
- Embry-Riddle added the game-winning run in the bottom of the fifth with a Robi Zimmerman double.
- Game 2
- It was the Eagles turn to take an early lead, scoring their opening run in the first inning.
- Lynn scored their own equalizer in the third frame when ERAU committed an error on a force out at second base and Francais Olexa trotted home to make it 1-1.
- The stalemate ended in the sixth with a sac fly from Simons and a two-run triple by Rae Heuer to put Embry-Riddle ahead 4-1.
STATS FROM THE GAME:
- Francais Olexa (5-13) scattered six hits over six innings, allowing two runs with three walks and a strikeout.
- Rios and Hannah Tauscher recorded the only hits for the Fighting Knights.
- In addition to the home run, Simons improved to 13-2 in the circle with two hits allowed in seven innings and six strikeouts.
- Katelyn Key (6-7) took the loss after surrendering four runs on nine hits with a walk and K apiece. Her counterpart, Raquelli Bianco, fanned five over seven innings with four hits allowed.
- Game two hits came from Olexa, Tauscher, Geena Capitini and Manya Lopez.
BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:
- The Fighting Knights are 2-13-1 this season in games decided by two runs or fewer.
- Rios' RBI gave her 14 on the season, tying her with Olexa for second on the team.
The Fighting Knights conclude their three-game series with Embry-Riddle on Saturday, April 2, at 10 a.m. Fans can watch the game live at LynnFightingKnights.com.