Miami Shores, Fla. – The Lynn University softball team took both games in a double-header against rival Barry, 6-0 and 5-3, on Saturday. The sweep gives the Fighting Knights their first series victory over the Buccaneers since the 2005 campaign. With the pair of Sunshine State Conference wins Lynn improves to 20-22 overall and 4-14 in the SSC.
The Fighting Knights started the day strong, scoring four runs in the opening frame of the first game. Murray, Kaci Vassallo and Crystal Cano all brought runners home in consecutive RBI hits. Three batters later a wild pitch scored Vassallo for the Blue & White to take a 4-0 lead.
Barry got its best chance to cut into Lynn's lead in the fourth inning when they managed to load the bases, but the threat was neutralized by Lynn's defense. The Buccaneers left 10 runners on base in the first contest.
In the final inning the Blue & White added a safety cushion after a single by Cano down the third base line brought home Murray. Vassallo then scored on a fielding error by Ashley Fernandez, Barry's shortstop .
Vassallo led four Fighting Knights with multiple hits as the junior from Melbourne, Fla., went three-for-four at the plate. Murray, Cano and Leanne Wright all had two hits. As a unit Lynn had 10 hits.
Murray (9-11) earned the victory in the shutout, allowing only five hits while striking out a pair of batters.
Cherise McEnery started the scoring in the rubber match of the series, blasting a solo home run into center field to start the second inning for Lynn to take a 1-0 lead. Later in the frame the Blue & White added another run as Cydney Schmidt scored off a wild pitch.
In the third inning the Fighting Knights were able to double the lead to 4-0 off a two-RBI double from Danielle McNeill. Another run came in the fifth inning as Vassallo blasted a double up the middle to make it 5-0.
The Buccaneers refused to be shutout in both games and battled to tally three run in the bottom of the fifth.
Montgomery (8-8) allowed eight hits with three strikeouts in the victory, one of which game in the final frame.
McEnery powered the offense with two hits into the outfield and one home run. McNeill drove in two runs in the final game of the series.
After having their previous contest postponed due to darkness, the Fighting Knights will conclude the March 19 stalemate with Palm Beach Atlantic on April 9, before playing a regular scheduled doubleheader against the Sailfish. First pitch is set for 5:00 p.m. Fans can follow the action live at LynnFightingKnights.com or receive in-game updates by following @LUKnights on Twitter and Instagram.