March 16, 2010

Lyons move to 7-1 in Florida, DeRosa's walk-off double beats Lancers

CAPE CORAL, FL- The Wheaton College softball team extended its winning streak to six games by scoring the final 11 runs of a six-inning, 11-1 victory over the State University of New York (SUNY) at Oswego and downing Worcester State College, 1-0 on junior Nicole DeRosa's (Greenwich, CT/Greenwich Academy) walk-off double on Tuesday at the Northwest Softball Complex during the Gene Cusic Collegiate Classic. The Lyons are now 7-1.

Against SUNY Oswego, junior Rachel Merrick (Methuen, MA/Central Catholic) earned her first collegiate win during her initial start as a pitcher, yielding one run on two hits - by consecutive batters in the third inning - in five innings. She fanned one while walking two before senior Andrea Bagley (Foxboro, MA/Foxboro) made her 2010 debut with a no-hit sixth. For the Lakers, freshman Halie Bloom (Commack, NY/Smithtown West) took the loss, allowing four earned runs in four innings.

Freshman Megan Roy (North Dighton, MA/Dighton-Rehoboth Regional) went 2-for-3 with three RBI and two runs, while junior Katy Salka (Ayer, MA/Ayer) added two hits and two RBI. Freshman Renee Laflam (Concord, NH/Concord) drove in a pair.

While Bloom was setting down the first nine Lyons in order, her teammates plated a run in the home half of the third. However, Wheaton regrouped to break the game open with 11 runs on eight hits and five errors during the final three innings, including plate five runs on four hits and a pair of miscues in the fourth. Salka's RBI double knotted the game, Merrick hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly, and Roy finished off a nine-pitch at bat with a two-out, two-run single. She eventually scored on an error.

A DeRosa groundout brought the sixth run around in the fifth inning, and Roy and freshman Brittany Calarese (Norwood, MA/Norwood) added RBI singles in the sixth before Laflam swatted a two-run double. She later scored on a Salka grounder.

In their second contest, the Lyons faced Worcester State for the first time since 2003 and moved to 10-0 in the all-time series. Bagley allowed only one hit with six strikeouts and two walks during the first three innings before sophomore Lesley Warn (Portland, ME/Deering) worked four two-hit frames, fanning four and walking two in relief to pick up her sixth victory of the spring.

The Lancers put their first two batters on in the opening inning before Bagley struck out the final three hitters, and five of the next six overall. Warn came on in the fourth and immediately allowed consecutive singles but held Worcester State hitless for the final four frames. The final 14 Lancers to face Warn mustered only two walks, as no others reached base.

Meanwhile, Wheaton's offense was held in check by Worcester State junior Michaella Mahoney (Shrewsbury, MA/Shrewsbury), who allowed only junior Kristen Hunt's (Milford, CT/Jonathan Law) one-out single in the second inning while facing the minimum 19 batters through the first 6.1 innings. With one down in the seventh, junior Marissa Hobocan (Shelton, CT/Saint Joseph) singled to left before DeRosa completed an eight-pitch at bat with two out by hitting a shot over the left fielder, who jumped for the ball but was unable to make a leaping snag before it rolled to the fence, and Hobocan scored just ahead of the relay throw. Mahoney allowed three hits while striking out four in the loss.

The Lyons continue a season-opening run of 12 games in six days tomorrow against Macalester College of Minnesota at 9:00 a.m. and New York's College at Brockport at 11:00 a.m.

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