Softball Drops Twin Bill

Softball Drops Twin Bill

Daytona Beach, Fla. – Lynn University's softball team was poised for the series opening victory against Embry-Riddle before an extra innings walk-off double sank the Fighting Knights 4-3 in game one.  Defensive miscues contributed to a tough 8-3 loss in the second game of the doubleheader.  Victoria Rios added to her Sunshine State Conference leading homerun total in game one and Francais Olexa had a hit in both contests.

INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Score:
 Game 1 – Embry-Riddle 4, Lynn 3 (8 innings); Game 2 – Embry-Riddle 8, Lynn 3
Records: Lynn (22-21, 10-13 SSC), Embry-Riddle (29-12, 17-9 SSC)
Location: ERAU Softball Stadium | Daytona Beach, Fla.
Series History: Lynn trails 9-3 all-time (Lynn took two out of three in 2017)
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STATS OF THE GAME:

  • Game 1
  • Rios had three RBI for the Fighting Knights, all coming on a homerun to left field in the fifth.
  • MacKenzie Wyatt went 1-for-2 at the plate with a double and walk.
  • Elizabeth Diaz and Francais Olexa both went 1-for-3.
  • Olexa (8-8) started for the Blue and White and allowed four runs (two earned) on nine hits  
  • The Eagles leadoff hitter, Maggie Scott, went 2-for-4 with a run scored, an RBI, a triple and a stolen base.
  • Pege Lopez hit a double to left field in the top of the eighth to give Embry-Riddle the walkoff win, she went 2-for-4 in the game. 
  • Ilona Andringa (18-9) started for the Eagles and allowed three runs on five hits.
  • Game 2
  • Olexa went 2-for-3 for the Fighting Knights with a walk and a run scored.
  • Diaz and Shayle Arenson both went 1-for-3; Diaz had two RBI, Arenson had one.
  • Kayla Sheffield was 1-for-2 with a double, a sacrifice bunt and a walk.
  • Allyson Jameston (9-4) started in the circle for Lynn and allowed eight runs (five earned) on 12 hits. 
  • Jayla Jackson started for ERAU and allowed two runs on three hits picking up the no decision. Lisa Hop (3-0) came into the game in the fifth and allowed one Fighting Knight to cross the plate on two hits.

 BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:

  • Rios retook the SSC lead in home runs with eight.
  • This is the third consecutive weekend series Lynn has gone into extra innings in a game.
  • Olexa pitched more than seven innings for the third time this season.
  • Olexa's 29 walks on the season at the plate are tied for the most in a single season (Ashley Byrd, 2007).
  • Diaz and Olexa have both reached base in nine straight games.
  • Rios's 20 career homeruns moves her into a tie for fifth place in program history with Tiffani King.
  • Sheffield's 14 doubles are the most by a Fighting Knight in a single season since Kaci Vassallo hit 14 in 2015.
  • The Blue and White snapped their four-game winning streak.
  • With Scott's triple in game one, Embry-Riddle extended their lead in the SSC with 15 triples.
  • Embry-Riddle has won four of its last five games.

UP NEXT:
The Fighting Knights return to action tomorrow to finish up the series against the Eagles at noon. Fans can catch the action on LynnFightingKnights.com.