Softball breaks out the brooms and sweeps

The College softball team swept New Jersey City University in a doubleheader on Saturday, April 21 to clinch a sport in the New Jersey Athletic Conference tournament.

The Lions came from behind to win a tight one in the second game, scoring three runs in the final two innings to top NJCU 4-2.

Pitching and hitting balances the College (Ashley Long / Photo Editor)

Sophomore Alex Carisone started the game on the mound but went only two innings, giving way to senior pitcher Lauren Fitzsimmons who went five strong innings on the way to her second win of the game, and 14th win of the season.

Senior left fielder Crystal Lee reached base twice in the game, stole two bases, and scored a pair of runs. Junior right fielder Michelle Casale recorded a double and an RBI.

The Lions’ offense raked in the first game. They scored five runs in the second inning on the way to a 9-0 spanking.

Right in the middle of the offense was sophomore designated hitter Nicole Broadbeck, who went two-for-three with a double and four RBI. Junior second basemen Ashley Sogluizzo burned up the base paths going two-for-three and stealing three bases.

Earlier in the week, Fitzsimmons topped the Lions’ softball record for career strikeouts. The previous record of 423 strikeouts was set by Mandy Schenck (1999-2002).

“I knew I was close, but it wasn’t something that I’ve tried to focus on,” Fitzsimmons said. “We’re really just trying to win every game.”

Fitzsimmons has been a revelation this year. Of the 21 wins the College has accumulated this season, she has been accountable for two thirds of those victories.

The Lions will take on Ramapo College in a doubleheader on Saturday. The games will be played at home, beginning at 1 p.m.