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Saturday, March 16, 2002


Knights Open Season With Two Wins Over Coppin State, 3-0 & 8-1
Serena Larsen rips triple in game one and three-run homer in night cap

BALTIMORE, MD The Fairleigh Dickinson University (2-0) softball team opened their 2002 season with a bang, posting two wins over Coppin State (0-8): an eight-inning 3-0 shutout in the first game and an 8-1 victory in the game two.

It was a scoreless tie in game one going into the eighth inning.  Mo O'Callahan (Barnegat, NJ/Southern Regional) was advanced from second to third when Kara Morris (Mahwah, NJ/Mahwah) singled down left field for the winning run.  The Knights would score twice more before the bottom of the innings where they kept the Lady Eagles scoreless for the win.  Nicole Farrisey (Paramus, NJ/Paramus) pitched her first collegiate complete game to get the win, giving up two hits. Serena Larsen (Palisades Park, NJ/Palisades Park) had the first hit of the season with a triple in the first inning. Lady Eagle hurler Jamie Imhof moved to 0-3 on the season after game one despite striking out 13 Knight batters.

The teams were 1-1 going into the fifth inning of game two when Larsen ripped her first career homerun, a three-run swing, to give the Knights the 4-1 advantage. FDU slowly increased their lead, getting a triple from Jessi Potter (Oneonta, NY/Oneonta) and two rbi from Caroline Kovach (Tinton Falls, NJ/Monmouth Regional) before earning the 8-1 victory. Larsen finished the game 3-4 with three rbi and Kovach went 1-2. Marliese Kotrosits (Whitehall, PA/Allentown Central Catholic) pitched five innings for the Knights' while Jennifer Buehler (Oriskany, NY/Rome Catholic) pitched the last two innings.

"We played good defense and got good pitching today," said head coach Bob Bruno.  "I think we could have done better offensively but for our first two games of the season we did fine."

The FDU softball program took to the field in 2001 for the first time after a fifteen-year hiatus, finishing the season 2-26.  The 3-0 win today will be the first season-opening win for the Knights in the new era and the 8-1 victory in game two is the largest win margin so far.

The Knights face George Mason on Monday, March 18th.  The doubleheader begins at 2:00 p.m.

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