Clermont, Fla.- The Lynn University softball team had a strong first day in the National Training Center Tournament, defeating Ashland 4-2 in the morning game before conquering Lake Erie 10-1 in the afternoon encore. Missy Montgomery and Katelyn Key both pitched complete games, holding their opponents to a combined three runs. With the wins Lynn improves to 15-9 on the season.
After being held scoreless in the opening three innings Lynn's bats came alive in the second half of the first game. The Fighting Knights scored first in their opening contest as Cherise McEnery blasted a bomb into left center field to put Lynn up 1-0 in the fourth inning. Following a run by Ashland, Lynn retook the lead in the following frame off a rbi single from Danielle McNeill bringing Jasmine Campos home from first base. Kasey Murray extended the lead in the following inning with a solo shot to left field and Campos had an RBI single to left center to put Lynn up 4-1.
Campos had a hat trick, going 3-3, in the victory with an rbi.
Offense came much quicker in the second match of the day against Lake Erie. In the second inning a pair of errors by the storm allowed the Fighting Knights to score three runs in the second inning. Murray connected for her second-straight hit in the third inning bringing in another run for the Fighting Knights.
Lynn added two more in the fourth inning. Danielle McNeill brought the first runner home off a single down the left line; Kaci Vassallo brought another runner home with a single up the middle.
With the bases loaded and only one out, Devin Kochergen and Vassallo both got on with hits while McEnery found her way onto first via a walk. A similar result came for Crystal Cano keeping the bases juiced with a run scored. Cydney Schmidt brought another run home with a sacrifice fly to left field before a homerun by Kochergen scored her and Sara Vazquez to conclude the scoring.
Murray led a group of five batters with multiple hits in the second contest. McNeill and Schmidt each had two RBI's in the win.
Lynn returns to the diamond on March 5, at 1 pm when the Fighting Knights take on College of Sciences. To follow Lynn's softball team all season long log on to LynnFightingKnights.com. Don't forget to follow @LUknights on Twitter, Instagram and Vine.