Miami Shores, Fla. - Lynn University's softball team belted seven home runs to take both games of its doubleheader against Barry in the regular season finale. The Fighting Knights outlasted the Buccaneers 9-8 in eight innings in the opener before busting out in a 9-4 game two victory.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final: Game 1 – Lynn 9, Barry 8 (8 innings); Game 2 – Lynn 9, Barry 4
Records: Barry (23-19, 15-9 SSC); Lynn (17-31-1, 6-17-1 SSC)
Location: Buccaneer Field | Miami Shores, Fla.
All-Time Series: Lynn trails 15-48 (Last played in 2015)
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HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Game 1
- Capitini launched the first of her three home runs in the top of the first when she belted a 2-run shot to give Lynn a 2-0 lead.
- Hannah Tauscher increased the visiting team's advantage to 3-0 in the second inning with a RBI ground out.
- A pair of Lynn infield errors led to two Barry runs in the bottom of the second, cutting into the Fighting Knights lead.
- Victoria Rios got into the long ball act in the third, smashing a two-run shot to dead center field, extending Lynn's lead to 5-2. Unfortunately, an error to start the bottom half put a runner on and Dee Espinosa made Lynn pay with a two-run home run.
- A two-run single from Fernandez in the fifth game Barry its first lead of the game, 6-5 but Capitini's second home run, a three-run bomb, put the Fighting Knights back on top 8-6 in the sixth inning.
- Ashley Fernandez struck again with a RBI double in the seventh and teammate Alayna Gallagher followed with a RBI single to send the game to extra innings.
- Bonus ball was short, though, as Capitini turned on the third pitch she saw and sent it well over the wall in left field for the game-winning run.
- Game 2
- Amanda Casillas continued Lynn's hot hitting to start the second game when she singled home Leanne Wright in the second frame. Two batters later with the bases loaded, Madison White smacked a grand slam to center field, giving Lynn a 5-0 lead.
- Wildness from starter Rachel Lightner allowed Barry to plate two runs and chased Lightner from the game. Kristina Pazienza started with a home run before the Bucs walked the bases loaded. Katelyn Key entered and induced a RBI groundout before ending the frame with a flyout to right field.
- Capitini rocked her fourth home run of the day, a solo shot, to kick-off the third inning, and White followed with a solo home run of her own in the fourth, giving Lynn a 7-2 lead.
- The Fighting Knights brought home two more runs in the fifth when the Bucs right fielder let a ball roll under her glove, scoring Tauscher from first base. Manya Lopez then plated Amanda Casillas on a RBI groundout to second base.
- Barry tried to make it a game by scoring two runs in the sixth. Kayla Ogle doubled home Gallagher and then Megan Copeland followed with a RBI single into right field.
- Olexa came to relieve Key and forced a pop-up by Espinosa to end the threat.
STATS FROM THE GAME:
- Game 1
- Capitini was 3-for-4 with three home runs, three runs scored and six runs batted in.
- Rios was 2-for-4 with a HR and two RBI.
- Katelyn Key earned the start but was pulled after the third after allowing four runs, two earned, on six hits.
- Francais Olexa (7-17) collected the win in relief of, tossing five innings and giving up four runs.
- Game 2
- White went 2-for-3 with a pair of home runs and five RBI.
- Sara Vazquez was 3-for-3 and Amanda Casillas 2-for-4 with two runs scored.
- Lightner pitched 1.1 innings with two runs allowed and five walks before being lifted for Key (8-9), who allowed two runs on six hits over 4.1 innings.
- Olexa tossed the final 1.1 with only one hit allowed.
BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:
- Capitini set a program record for home runs and total bases (12) for a single game.
- Capitini and White's multi-home run games are the 22nd and 23rd in program history.
- Amanda Casillas was credited with double in the second inning off a bunt that landed in fair territory, touched a Buccaneer and rolled back to the backstop.
- Lynn went 4-16-1 this year in games decided by two runs or less.
- The Fighting Knights hit 29 home runs this season, tying for the fifth most in a single season.
Lynn closes out the 2016 season with a record of 17-31-1 overall and 6-17-1 in the Sunshine State Conference. The Blue & White graduate three seniors, Capitini, Casillas and Manya Lopez.