Viera, Fla. – The Lynn University softball team fell late to Georgia College, 9-5, in game one of the Florida Tech Invitational on Saturday before dropping a heartbreaking 3-2 decision in 13 innings to Columbus State University in the nightcap. Against the CSU Cougars, Allyson Jameston fanned 15 batters over 12 innings of work in the circle to write her name in the Lynn record books.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final: Game 1 -- Georgia College 9, Lynn 5; Game 2 – CSU 3, Lynn 2 (13 inn.)
Records: Lynn (9-8), Georgia College (12-7), Columbus State (7-6)
Location: USSSA Space Coast Complex| Viera, Fla.
All-Time Series: Series tied against Georgia College 3-3, Lynn trails CSU 3-9
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STATS OF THE GAME:
- Game 1
- After the Bobcats got ahead early, Lynn came back in the third and fourth innings to take a 5-1 lead. The Bobcats trailed by two heading into the seventh, but scored six runs on seven hits in the final frame to clinch a 9-5 victory.
- Mia Veliz was the lone Fighting Knight to record multiple hits in the contest. She went 2-for-3 with a run scored, two stolen bases and an RBI.
- Mackenzie Wyatt, Sophia Devesa, Elizabeth Diaz and Britney Purser all recorded a hit.
- Kayla Sheffield (5-3) allowed six earned runs (two unearned) and seven hits through 6.1 innings of work in the circle.
- Devesa and Shannon Johnson both had two RBI.
- Sarah Couch went 2-for-4 for Georgia College. She had four RBI and crossed the plate twice to account for six of the Bobcat's nine runs.
- Game 2
- Game two was a pitcher's duel from the start as the contest went into the 11th inning scoreless. Starting off the inning with a runner on second, both teams scored in the 11th and 12th frame before the Cougars held Lynn scoreless in the 13th. Pinch hitter Jojo Beyer singled to left center to bring in the winning run in walkoff fashion in the bottom of the 13th for CSU.
- Jameston (3-4) tossed a historic game in the circle, throwing 164 pitches over 12 innings of work. The Valrico, Fla., native struck out a career-high 15 batters, allowing seven hits and three runs (all unearned).
- Wyatt, Veliz, Costero, Purser and Grace Hastings-Wydetic all had a hit in the game. Wyatt, Sheffield and Arenson all reached on base-on-balls for the Blue and White.
- Darby Demarest got the starting nod for the Cougars in the game and received a no-decision. Over 11.1 innings in the circle, she struck out a whopping 18 Fighting Knights, walked three and allowed five hits with two unearned runs.
- Over 13 innings, the teams combined for 33 strikeouts, 12 hits and five runs. All five runs were unearned.
- No player had a multi-hit-game in the 13-inning affair.
BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:
- Jameston becomes the first pitcher in NCAA Division II this season to pitch more than 10 innings and not allow a walk. She is the only Fighting Knight to pitch more than 12 innings and not allow a free pass in the program's history.
- She has the most innings pitched in Division II this season (previous high was 11) and the most for Lynn since Aimee Murch pitched 12 vs. Saint Leo on Apr. 15, 2005. She becomes the third Fighting Knight (fifth time overall) to pitch 12 or more innings in a game.
- The right-handed starter had the most strikeouts for the program since Callie Darlin had 15 against the Cougars on Mar. 12, 2011. She joins Darlin, Murch and Erika Youngblood as the only other pitchers in program history with 15+ strikeouts in a game.
- Jameston becomes the seventh pitcher in Division II to throw 15 or more strikeouts in a game this season. Demarset (CSU) has done it twice and holds the season record with 19 K's.
- Veliz now has 13 stolen bases this season. She is three away from tying the program's single-season record.
- Game two was the longest game since Lynn played 13 innings against Alabama Huntsville on May 12, 2005.
- Lynn had five sacrifice bunts. That is the most since they had seven on Mar. 3, 2008. It is tied for the second most in program history (five on Mar. 15, 2006).
- With a walk in game one and a hit in game two, Veliz has reached safely in all 17 games this season. That is the most since Francais Olexa reached base in 17 straight. Danielle Curcio and Lisa Lofton share the program record with 25 consecutive games.
- With a HBP in the eighth inning of game two, Sheffield becomes one of nine players who have been hit by a pitch seven or more times this season.
- Game one was the third multi-RBI game of the season for Johnson; it was the second for Arenson.
- These were the first two games the Blue and White had double-digit strikeouts this season.
- Five hits are the lowest in a nonconference game for the Fighting Knights this season.
The Fighting Knights continue play at the Florida Tech Invitational tomorrow with games at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Fans can follow the action live at LynnFightingKnights.com.