Softball Sweeps Myrtle Beach Trip with Pair of Tuesday Wins
Myrtle Beach, S.C. (March 14, 2022) – The Franklin Pierce University softball team closed out its South Carolina trip 7-0 with a pair of wins over Mount Aloysious College and Lycoming College. Junior Melissa Konopinski (Butler, NJ) batted in 5 runs on the two win day.
With the wins Franklin Pierce improves to a perfect 7-0 ahead of their return home to New Hampshire and a date with the Knights of Queens University (NY) next week Wednesday March 23rd.
Game One - Franklin Pierce 8, Mt. Aloysius 3
The Mounties threatened early loading the bases in the top of the first inning. Thanks to a wild pitch freshman Ella Pearson crossed home plate scoring the first run of the game and giving Mt. Aloysius their only lead of the contest.
The Ravens followed up with a run in their half of the inning with a sacrifice line out to center field by sophomore Haley Bigwood (Athol, Mass.) tying the game at 1 apiece. The second inning brought four more runs for the Crimson and Grey starting with an RBI single by Maiah Lopez (Oxnard, Calif.). Konopinski followed with a double to add the second run, then freshman Bella Williams (Phoenix, Ariz.) and sophomore Ashley Cangiano (North Attleboro, Mass.) each added RBI singles of their own to close out the inning.
A run in each the third and fourth inning brought the game to within two for the Mounties at 5-3, but the Ravens scored three more runs in the sixth inning with Konopinski, Cangiano, and Bigwood bringing the runs across the plate.
Sophomore Abby Poirot (Winsted, Conn.) picked up her first win of the season with 3 strikeouts and 3 runs against on 5 hits in 4 innings pitched. Madison Labrie (New Ipswich, NH) entered for two thirds of an inning of work, and senior Abbey Primavera (Spring Hill, Fla.) finished the game earning her first save of the season. Freshman Lexi Wilt (1-1) earned the loss working 2 innings and allowing 4 runs on 6 hits.
Game Two – Franklin Pierce 5, Lycoming 2
Game two brought runs in bunches for the Ravens building up a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning with a single swing of a bat. With the bases loaded Konopinski sent the ball to deep left field for a double and three runs batted in.
The warriors added a pair of runs in the top of the fifth inning thanks to a right field single by Morgan Wetzel bringing the score to 5-2, but the comeback was not completed with the Ravens defense closing the door for the rest of the game.
Sophomore Sabrina Gonzalez (Chandler, Ariz.) (3-0) started the game for the Ravens working 4.2 innings allowing a pair of runs on 7 hits and fanning 6. Senior Primavera closed out the game with 2.1 innings of work in relief earning the save. Senior Angie King (0-1) earned the loss for the warriors allowing 2 earned runs on 7 hits in 4 innings of work.