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Elements can't slow down Lynx in race for first place

Elements can't slow down Lynx in race for first place

CAMBRIDGE, MA – Lesley softball upended Daniel Webster by the score of 6-0, taking over first place in the New England Collegiate Conference standings on a rainy, windy Thursday afternoon at Buckingham Field.

            Game 2 of the doubleheader was rained out, with a make-up date to be announced. 

            Lesley's Emily Mangiaratti (Amherst, MA/Amherst) went 1-for-2 with a triple, two runs scored and three driven in, Jenna Fralick (Woburn, MA/Woburn) scored twice, and pitcher Jennifer Dorval (Franklin, NH/Franklin) threw her second nine-strikeout complete game victory in as many days.

            The Lynx got on the board in the first inning thanks to a leadoff walk to Mangiaratti, who scored on a Sarah Apgar (Andover, NJ/Lenape) sac fly. After racing around on a pair of sacrifices in the first, Mangiaratti, who went 4-for-4 in Lesley's 7-2 win at Lasell yesterday, let her bat do the talking an inning later.

            With the bases loaded and two outs in the second, Lesley's designated player drove the first offering from Amanda Wilson to right-center for a three-run triple into the gap, clearing the bases with her fourth triple of the year and scoring on a Jessica Guevara (Nantucket, MA/Nantucket) base hit one batter later.

            Lesley added another in the sixth, when Fralick led off with a walk and raced from first to third on a Mangiaratti sac bunt. After rounding third and noticing nobody covering home plate, Fralick sprinted the final 60 feet for the Lynx final run in the 6-0 win.

            Guevara went 2-for-3 with an RBI, and Fralick went 1-for-2 with a walk and scored twice for the Lynx, which won for a fourth time in five games.

            Dorval held the Eagles hitless into the fifth, allowing three hits, three walks and striking out nine in the seven-inning shutout.

           Amanda Wilson (Merrimack, NH/Merrimack) lined a single to left for Daniel Webster's first hit in the fifth, and Heather Strong (Palmer, MA/Palmer) doubled in the seventh, each going 1-for-3 for the Eagles.

          On the mound, Wilson allowed six earned runs on seven hits and five walks, striking out one in the loss.

         Lesley returns to play at Regis on Saturday, when Daniel Webster travels to Elms.