NEWTON, MA -- Emily Mangiaratti homered and went 4-for-4 in Lesley's 7-2 win at Lasell, with the Lynx dropping the nightcap 4-2 on Wednesday in non-conference softball play.
Lesley's leadoff hitter singled, drove in a run and scored in the Lynx four-run sixth inning that sent the visitors ahead 7-0 for starter Jennifer Dorval, who went the distance in striking out nine and allowing only a pair of RBI ground outs in the seventh for her sixth win.
Mangiaratti's first career home run in the third got the Lynx on the board, and a Sarah Apgar RBI double scored Mangiaratti to go up 3-0 in the fifth. An inning later, Molly Sarson doubled home Allison Fountain, and Mangiaratti then singled in pinch runner Rian Powers. With two on and two outs, another Apgar base hit plated Mangiaratti and Jenna Fralick for the Lynx 7-0 lead.
Apgar went 2-for-4 with three RBI's, and Mangiaratti scored three times and drove in two in addition to her 4-for-4 performance atop Jen Benway's lineup. Maria Nazzaro went 2-for-3 with a pair of singles in the win.
Dorval allowed four hits, walked two and struck out nine, improving to 6-1.
Sarson snapped a 1-1 tie in the fifth inning of Game 2 with a single that, thanks to an error from Lasers left fielder Victoria Elia, scored Fountain from first. Lasell, playing as the visiting team on Taylor Field, answered with a run in the top of the sixth with Elia the benefactor of an error by Dorval at first base, scoring Denise Archetto to tie the game at 2-2.
The Lasers led off the top of the seventh with a pair of singles before another Dorval error allowed two runners to score, putting Lasell on top 4-2. Mary Dembinski, on in relief of Lynx starter Nicole Mercurio, then got a strikeout and a pair of groundouts in preventing further damage.
Lesley had a chance to tie or win it in the seventh. With two runners on and two outs, Jenna Fralick - who hit a two-out, three-run homer in the seventh inning of Game 2 in a Lynx sweep of the Lasers last season - settled for a single on Wednesday, loading the bases for Mangiaratti. Lasell starter Cassie Wadden got Mangiaratti to pop to third, ending the rally and the game at 4-2.
Wadded scatterd 12 Lynx hits and struck out one, limiting Lesley to two runs, one earned.
Dembinski took the tough-luck loss, allowing three unearned runs, striking out one and walking a pair in her two innings. Mercurio allowed one run, walked one and fanned one over five innings pitched.
At 11-8 and 4-0 in league play, Lesley returns home to Buckingham Field with first place in the New England Collegiate Conference at stake, playing host to Daniel Webster (6-0 NECC) tomorrow at 3:30 p.m.