Lions defend home ground to regain form

The Lions win three of four games to end the season. (Photo courtesy of the Sports Information Desk)

First up was Rutgers-Newark.  On Tuesday, April 23, the Lions took on the Scarlet Knights at home and won both games of the doubleheader.  Junior pitcher Alex Carisone was on the mound for the College and accomplished her first shutout of the season.

The Lions put the first run on the board when senior center fielder Liz Huttner scored on a sacrifice fly by senior right fielder Michelle Casale in the first inning.  As Carisone was able to keep the Scarlet Knights’ bats quiet, the Lions put up six more runs in the second inning.

Freshman left fielder Christine Desiderio got things started with an RBI single as Huttner, Casale and freshman first baseman Deanna Utter also contributed to the runs.

In the third inning, it was Huttner once again who brought the score to a solid 8-0 with a double that sent junior shortstop Lindsay Williams home.  Carisone only allowed three hits and improved her season record to 5-2.

In the second game against Rutgers-Newark, it was the Scarlet Knights who put the first numbers on the board. Two runs scored off of Lions’ errors, and Rutgers-Newark was able to score five runs total in the second inning. The Lions were ready to go when their turn at the plate came.

Senior second baseman Ashley Sogluizzo doubled to left in which two Lions were able to score. The score was soon tied at 5-5 as the Lions were able to catch up. However, a homerun from their opponents put Rutgers back on top and they soon began to go back and forth for the rest of the game.

In the fifth inning, the Lions climbed ahead even further when Casale doubled and sent two Lions across home plate, putting the score a little more out of reach for the Scarlet Knights.

Freshman pitcher Ashtin Helmer was on the mound for the Lions, taking a little bit of a beating, but with the clutch offense from her teammates, the Lions were still able to pull off the win. This was Helmer’s 14th victory as a freshman.

On Saturday, April 26, the Lions took on William Paterson University, in which they had to split the doubleheader.  Because of this split, the College will now play in the New Jersey Athletic Conference tournament game against Richard Stockton College this upcoming Tuesday. The Lions will have home field advantage.

In the first game against William Paterson, the Lions opened it up with a single from Casale.  Williams then sent her home with a sacrifice fly, putting the Lions on the board first.

The Pioneers tied it up in the second inning, but the Lions came back in the fourth. Utter walked and was sent home on Huttner’s fielder’s choice for the deciding run in a 2-1 win.

Helmer was on the mound again for this game and allowed only three hits while striking out four.

In the second game, the Lions fell short to the Pioneers in a 7-3 loss. Freshman catch Jamie Purcell and freshman left fielder Kristen Fitzsimmons shone for the College, but the Pioneers’ offense was just too strong.

The Lions are confident in their chances against Stockton on Tuesday, April 30, having won both games they have played against them this past year.