Roy's homer wins game one before Lyons drop wild affair to Bridgewater

NORTON, MA- Wheaton College softball freshman Megan Roy's (North Dighton, MA/Dighton-Rehoboth Regional) first career home run broke a seventh-inning tie during the Lyons' opener with Bridgewater State College on Friday before the Bears held on for a 12-7 victory in game two at Clark Field. Wheaton served as the visiting team after the twinbill was moved from Bridgewater State due to unplayable field conditions. The second contest was called after five innings due to darkness.

Now 12-4 on the year, the Lyons received a complete-game effort in the first contest from sophomore Lesley Warn (Portland, ME/Deering), who yielded one unearned run on seven hits while striking out six and walking two. Classmate Amanda Poplaski (North Reading, MA/North Reading) was 2-for-4, while junior catcher Nicole DeRosa (Greenwich, CT/Greenwich Academy) doubled.

Sophomore Jordan McDermott (East Bridgewater, MA/East Bridgewater) was 3-for-4 with two steals for the 7-8 Bears, while senior Jamie Ducinski (Duxbury, MA/Duxbury) earned a no-decision despite allowing one unearned run in five innings on four hits. Junior Tracey Sanko (Windsor, CT/Windsor) took the loss after yielding one hit - Roy's home run - in two frames.

The Bears struck for an unearned run in the home half of the first, and Wheaton loaded the bases with one out in the second but came away empty. After Poplaski's line RBI single into the circle and off of Ducinski with two down in the fifth knotted the contest, Bridgewater State put runners at second and third with no one out in the home half, but Warn induced two pop-ups and a groundout to end the threat.

With one down in the seventh, Roy drilled a 1-2 pitch over the left field fence to give Wheaton its first lead. McDermott led off the bottom half with a bunt single before stealing second and Warn fanned the next two batters, but McDermott was cut down by DeRosa trying to swipe third for the final out.

In a wild game two, the squads combined for 19 runs on 16 hits while drawing 12 walks and committing eight errors. Freshmen Brittany Calarese (Norwood, MA/Norwood) and Amanda Drury (Tolland, CT/Tolland) each went 2-for-3 for the Lyons, as Drury swiped two bases, and classmate Alanna Monahan (Dorchester, MA/Southfield School) walked twice and stole a pair of bases. Poplaski walked twice, while Warn took the loss after allowing seven earned runs in 2.1 frames.

For Bridgewater State, senior Meghan Noyes (Stoughton, MA/Stoughton) went 2-for-3 with two runs and three RBI, while junior Casey Hill (Randolph, MA/Norfolk County Agricultural) was 2-for-3 with two RBI. Ducinski earned the victory in relief despite allowing three runs in 1.2 innings.

The Bears scored three times on two hits and a miscue in the first before Warn escaped a bases-loaded, no-out situation in the second unscathed. Wheaton responded with two unearned runs with two down in the third, as Calarese's RBI double made it 3-2.

Bridgewater State took control in the bottom half, plating nine runs on six hits and three errors while sending 13 batters to the plate. Hill had a pair of run-scoring hits in the frame, while Noyes contributed a two-run single. Wheaton trimmed away at the 12-2 deficit with two runs in the fourth and three more in the fifth, but the contest was halted after the fifth with daylight nearly gone.

The Lyons host Springfield College tomorrow at 12:00 p.m. for a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) doubleheader.

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