Warn fans 12 during pair of victories, Lyons improve to 3-1 in Florida

CAPE CORAL, FL- Sophomore Lesley Warn (Portland, ME/Deering) did not yield an earned run during 12 innings of work, picking up a pair of victories while striking out 12 without issuing a walk to help the Wheaton College softball team win twice on Sunday during the Gene Cusic Collegiate Classic at the Cape Coral Sports Complex. By downing Stevens Institute of Technology, 7-1 and University of Scranton, 4-0, the Lyons moved to 3-1 on the season.

Warn fanned a career-high nine Ducks during the opener, yielding an unearned run in the first inning before allowing just eight singles to her final 42 batters of the day, including three that never left the infield. She yielded six hits against Stevens, which played its first varsity game.

Junior Rachel Merrick (Methuen, MA/Central Catholic) had two of Wheaton's nine hits against Stevens, including a double, while freshman Brittany Calarese (Norwood, MA/Norwood) picked up her first career hit. Junior Marissa Hobocan (Shelton, CT/Saint Joseph) drew two walks, while sophomore Amanda Poplaski (North Reading, MA/North Reading) and freshman Megan Roy (North Dighton, MA/Dighton-Rehoboth Regional) each scored twice. Hobocan and Poplaski also each swiped two bases. The Blue and White drew seven walks and took advantage of four errors, as senior Amanda Petrocelli (Norwood, NJ/Academy of the Holy Angels) suffered the loss.

After leaving four on base during the first three innings, the Lyons knotted the contest at one on freshman Amanda Drury's (Tolland, CT/Tolland) bases-loaded walk in the fourth before sophomore Emily O'Connell (Kennebunk, ME/Kennebunk) was hit by a pitch with the sacks packed and two down in the fifth to force in the eventual winning run. Wheaton tacked on three runs in sixth and two more in the seventh to pull away, as Hobocan, Poplaski and junior Katy Salka (Ayer, MA/Ayer) each had run-scoring hits in the final two frames.

Warn picked up her second win of the day with five innings of four-hit ball against Scranton, striking out three, before Merrick allowed two hits in the last two frames during her collegiate pitching debut. She also went 2-for-3, and junior Kristen Hunt (Milford, CT/Jonathan Law) scored twice while launching a solo home run. Freshman Samantha Boccolini (Rockaway, NJ/Morris Hills) took the loss for the Lady Royals, allowing four earned runs on six hits without a strikeout.

Junior Nicole DeRosa's (Greenwich, CT/Greenwich Academy) first-inning sacrifice fly plated Poplaski to give the Lyons the only run they would need, and Hunt's dinger leading off the second made it 2-0. With one down in the fifth and a runner at second, shortstop Salka made a diving catch near third base to keep another Lady Royal from reaching base.

Wheaton scored two insurance runs on four hits in the sixth inning, with Salka smacking an RBI single and Roy blasting a run-scoring double off the fence in left center. Merrick headed to the circle for the final two frames, including escaping a two-on, two-out jam in the sixth by inducing an inning-ending fly ball. In the seventh, second baseman Hobocan made a diving stop up the middle with two down to keep the runner at second from scoring and ending the shutout, and Merrick retired the next batter with runners on the corners.

The Lyons continue a season-opening run of 12 games in six days tomorrow against fellow Massachusetts foes Curry College and Amherst College at 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m., respectively.

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