Who Needs a Bigger Boat? Softball Hooks Sharks on Senior Day

BOCA RATON, Fla. – Lynn University's softball team swept its doubleheader with Nova Southeastern in dramatic fashion on Saturday afternoon, pulling away from the Sharks 9-0 in a five-inning run-ruled game before using a walk-off home run to win 6-4 in game two.  Prior to the start of the day, the Fighting Knights honored their three seniors: Geena Capitini, Amanda Casillas and Manya Lopez.

Final: Game 1 – Lynn 9, Nova Southeastern 0 (5 innings); Game 2 – Lynn 6, Nova Southeastern 4
Records: Lynn (15-30-1, 4-16-1 SSC); Nova Southeastern (12-36, 2-22 SSC)
Location: Lynn Softball Field | Boca Raton, Fla.
All-Time Series: Lynn trails 25-42 (Last played Feb. 7, 2016)
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  • Game 1
    • An innocent two-out hit by pitch to Francais Olexa turned into a big opening first inning as two-batters later Leanne Wright smacked a three-run home run to put Lynn ahead 3-0.
    • The Fighting Knights did the rest of their damage in the bottom of the fourth, scoring six runs on six hits, three of which were for extra bases.
    • Kaitlin Conrad drove in the first run of the frame on a fielder's choice, driving in Manya Lopez, who opened the inning with a double.
    • Olexa made it 5-0 with a two-out double off the left field chalk and came around to score on Victoria Rios' single up the middle.
    • Leanne Wright knocked in her fourth run with a double off the center field wall and then scored off a bloop single from Amanda Casillas.
    • Geena Capitini added the final run to make it 9-0, when she doubled off the left field wall to plate Casillas.
  • Game 2
    • Lynn opened up a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Rios singled up the middle to score Tauscher.
    • Olexa added to the Blue & White advantage in the third following a two-out double down the left field line to plate Vazquez from second base.
    • A pair of Fighting Knights errors on consecutive plays helped Nova Southeastern knot the game at 2-2 in the fourth but Capitini broke the tie with a solo home run in the home half of the frame.
    • Olexa gave Lynn a two-run cushion with her second RBI double of the game only to have Sophia Devesa tie the game again with a two-run double into the right centerfield gap.
    • Lightner had pitched solid until that point and was lifted for Olexa, who retired the last two batters.
    • In a thrilling final frame, Tauscher singled just through the right side with one out and moved to second following a Sara Vazquez sacrifice bunt.  Olexa stepped to the plate with two outs and belted the first pitch she saw over the fence in centerfield for the victory.


  • Game 1
    • Wright was 3-for-3 with two runs and four RBI, missing the cycle by a triple.
    • Rios went 2-for-3 with two runs and a RBI while Olexa was 1-for-2 with two runs and a RBI.
    • Capitini was 2-for-3 with a RBI.
    • Key (7-9) tossed five shutout innings of two-hit ball with a walk and strikeout. Key's counterpart, Dajia Jones (4-13) allowed nine runs on 12 hits over four innings.
    • NSU's hits came from Haley Gonzalez and Ashley Roe.
  • Game 2
    • Olexa went 3-for-4 at the plate with two doubles, a home run, one run scored and four RBI
    • In the circle, she tossed 1.2 innings of scoreless hitless relief to improve to 6-16 overall.
    • Hannah Tauscher also went 3-for-4 with three runs scored
    • Capitini capped off her final home game with a 2-for-3 outing with a home run, run scored and RBI.
    • Sara Vazquez was only 0-for-1 but tallied two sacrifice bunts
    • Rachel Lightner earned the start in the circle and allowed four runs, two earned, on six hits over 5.1 innings in the no-decision.
    • NSU starter Megan Granitto allowed six runs on 10 hits in 6.2 innings of work.


  • Key's victory was her first in conference play.
  • This was also the first complete game shutout of the season for Key and the Fighting Knights.
  • In addition, Lynn won via a run-rule for the first time this year.
  • Olexa smacked her third career home run and first career walk-off home run.  Her four RBI is also a career-best.
  • Tauscher's three hits and three runs scored are both career-highs.

Lynn closes out the regular season on the road with a three-game series at Barry University beginning on Friday, April 29, at 6 p.m.  Fans can watch the action live at LynnFightingKnights.com.