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Softball Splits Great Northeast Twinbill At Lasell, Claims Key 4-3 Opening Game Triumph

Saturday, April 19, 2008
Taylor Field, Newton, Mass.

     123 456 7  R H E
Suffolk (15-18, 14-9 Great Northeast)  200 010 1 - 4 9 4
Lasell (17-18, 15-8 Great Northeast)  003 000 0 - 3 7 2
SUF: Jenna Mourey and Ashley Gaboriault
LAS: Alexandra Shackford and Kelly Silvia
WP: Mourey (8-8) LP: Shackford (5-9)

     123 45   R H E
Suffolk (15-19, 14-10 Great Northeast)  021 40  - 7 5 0
Lasell (18-18, 16-8 Great Northeast)  038 13  - 15 21 2
SUF: Jenna Mourey and Ashley Gaboriault
LAS: Amanda Corey and Kelly Silvia
WP: Corey (9-5) LP: Mourey (8-9) 
Home Runs: LAS – Tiffany Perla, Laura Gallagher, Ashley Laramie

NEWTON, Mass.--  Junior Erin O’Donnell (Groton, Mass.) snapped a 3-3 tie by scoring on a throwing error in the top of the seventh inning to lift Suffolk to a 4-3 opening game victory and a split of a Great Northeast Athletic Conference softball doubleheader with Lasell Saturday afternoon at Taylor Field, as the host Lasers rapped out 21 hits to notch a 15-7 nightcap triumph.

The visiting Rams (15-19, 14-10 Great Northeast) jumped out to a 2-0 first inning lead in the opener on RBI singles by freshman Monica Cioffi (East Boston, Mass.) and sophomore Angela Cole (Plainville, Mass.), but Lasell (18-18, 16-8 Great Northeast) plated three runs in the third to take the lead, as an RBI single by junior Heather Rose (West Roxbury, Mass.) that was followed by a pair of throwing errors staked the Lasers to the advantage.  Suffolk evened matters in the fifth on junior Jess Ferreira’s (Cambridge, Mass.) third straight single of the game, as her three safeties enabled her to come within two of the NCAA Division III record for consecutive hits.  Ferreira went 8-for-8 with five doubles in Friday’s sweep at Daniel Webster, and she reached safely with three straight singles to finish with 11 consecutive hits, two shy of the national mark shared by three individuals.  O’Donnell led off the seventh with a single, advanced to second on a sacrifice and scored on a two-out error, and senior Jenna Mourey (Rochester, N.Y.) escaped a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the bottom of the inning by recording a strikeout and flyout to end the game.

Junior Marie Trainor (Winthrop, Mass.) added a pair of hits, including her seventh triple of the season, in the opening game triumph for Suffolk, as Mourey allowed three unearned runs and fanned three to pick up her eighth victory of the season.  Rose collected two of Lasell’s seven hits in the first contest, as freshman Alexandra Shackford (Center Conway, Mass.) allowed three earned runs and struck out six in taking the setback on the mound for the Lasers.

The Rams jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning of the nightcap on a wild pitch and Trainor’s RBI single, but Lasell took a 3-2 cushion in the bottom half of the inning on a leadoff homer by senior Laura Gallagher (Westwood, Mass.) and Rose’s two-run double.  The Rams evened matters in the third on a run scoring groundout by freshman Jessica Kehlenbach (Bethany, Conn.), but the Lasers exploded for eight runs in the bottom half of the inning, highlighted by a three-run homer off the bat of freshman Ashley Laramie (Lynn, Mass.), to take an 11-3 lead.  The visitors responded with four in the fourth highlighted by Kehlenbach’s two-run double and a run-scoring two-bagger by Trainor, but Lasell closed out the scoring with one in the fourth and three in the fifth on Gallagher’s RBI single and a pair of RBI singles by freshman Kirsten Mammola (North Reading, Mass.).

Junior Tiffany Perla (Westminster, Mass.) went 4-for-4 in the nightcap triumph for the Lasers, who also received three hits and three RBI each from Mammola, Rose and Gallagher.  Junior Amanda Corey (Brooklyn, Conn.) picked up the win on the mound for Lasell, striking out seven and scattering five hits, as Trainor went 3-for-4 and drove in a pair of runs in the setback for Suffolk.  Kehlenbach finished with three RBI for the Rams, as Mourey took the loss on the mound.

Suffolk closes out its regular season slate on Sunday afternoon by hosting Albertus Magnus in a Great Northeast doubleheader at Puopolo Field beginning at Noon, as the Rams enter the final day with a one-game lead over Norwich for the eighth and final league playoff spot.  Lasell hosts Simmons in its Great Northeast regular season finale on Sunday afternoon at Taylor Field beginning at Noon.