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Friday, March 29, 2002


Quinnipiac Defeats Knights Softball, 7-1 and 1-0
Knights Nicole Farrissey strikes out eight in game two

HACKENSACK, NJ The Fairleigh Dickinson University (2-6, 0-4 NEC) softball team dropped two conference games to the visiting Quinnipiac Braves (7-10, 3-3 NEC) by scores of 7-1 and 1-0 (8 innings) in Foschini Park.

Each team scored a run in the first inning of game one but Quinnipiac opened their lead in the third with three more runs--including an inside-the-park home run by Sarah Collins (Fr., SS, Beford, MA)--taking a 4-1 advantage. The game was hitless the next three innings before Quinnipiac managed three runs in a two-hit rally in the seventh inning for the final 7-1 victory. Collins finished the game 2-for-3 while Ashley Morgan (Jr., CF, Everett, MA) went 2-for-4 with an rbi and run scored. Jessi Potter (Fr., 3B, Oneonta, NY) ripped a triple for the Knights and later scored for the lone FDU run.

Melissa Reynolds (So., RHP, Braintree, MA) earned the win for the Braves, moving to 2-4 on the season.  She struck out eight and gave up two hits in a full seven innings of work.  Jennifer Buehler (Fr., RHP, Oriskany, NY) took the loss for the Knights, giving up three runs, one earned, in two innings of relief.  Marlise Kotrosits (Fr., RHP, Whitehall, PA) pitched the final three innings for the Knights, retiring seven straight batters before giving up two hits in the top of the seventh.

After seven scoreless innings in game two, Lauren Fries (Sr., 2B, Valley Stream, NY) was placed on second for the Braves to start the eighth inning.  Renee Escaravage (So., LF, New Fairfield, Conn.) bunted her over to third and Elizabeth Moriarty (Jr., 1B, Hillsborough, NJ) later singled her home for the winning run.  Quinnipiac pitcher Alisha Zabel (Jr., RHP, Harrington, Del.) retired the side in the bottom of the eighth to earn the complete game shutout and move to 3-4 on the season.  She struck out 11 and walked one.  Nicole Farrissey (Fr., RHP, Paramus, NJ) went the distance for the Knights, striking out a season-high eight without a walk.  She moves to 1-2 on the season.

The Knights return to action tomorrow when they host Central Connecticut for an NEC doubleheader on at 1:00pm Foschini Park.

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