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Saturday, March 30, 2002


Knights Defeat CCSU for First-Ever NEC Sweep, 5-4 and 4-1
Caroline Kovach cranks two home runs, including grand slam in game two

HACKENSACK, NJThe Fairleigh Dickinson University (4-6, 2-4 NEC) softball team earned their first home wins and first Northeast Conference wins of the season, taking two games from the visiting Central Connecticut (5-14, 1-5 NEC) Blue Devils, 5-4 and 4-1 in Foschini Park.

Caroline Kovach (Soph., LF, Tinton, Falls, NJ) started the scoring for the Knights’ in game one with a bases-empty inside-the-park home run down the right field line in the second inning to tie the score at 1-1. FDU took the lead in the second inning with two more runs but the Blue Devils scored two of their own in the third and added one more in the fourth for a 4-3 lead going into the bottom of the seventh inning. The Knights got two on base and Serena Larsen (Soph., C, Palisades Park, NJ) singled in one run and Mo O’Callahan (Soph., DH, Barnegat, NJ) singled in another for the Knights’ first home and NEC win of the year.

Jennifer Buehler (Fr., RHP, Oriskany, NY) got the win with three innings of relief.  She gave up one run on two hits and struck out three without a walk for a 1-2 season record. Danielle Cyr (Fr., RHP, Beacon Falls, CT) took the loss for the Blue Devils, working 6.2 innings, striking out six and walking one.

Central Connecticut scored in the first frame of game two and would hold at 1-0 until the bottom of the fourth.  With two outs already against the Knights and Potter on base with a walk, Serena Larsen (Soph., DH, Palisades Park, NJ) singled and Kim Farhat (Fr., SS, Paramus, NJ) walked to load the bases.  With a 2-2 count, Kovach launched her second home run of the day to right field for her first-ever collegiate grand slam and the Knights’ 4-1 advantage.  FDU tightly held a lead until a two-out rally by the Blue Devils in the last inning threatened the win. With two on base Knights’ pitcher Nicole Farrissey (Fr., RHP, Paramus, NJ) struck out her last batter to complete FDU’s first-ever NEC sweep.

Farrissey fanned seven and walked five in her fourth complete game of the season, moving to 2-2.  Aime Hannon (Fr., RHP, Bristol, Conn.) dropped her third game of the year, giving up four runs in six innings and striking out three.

Kovach finished the day 4-for-6 with five rbi and two runs scored.  Larsen was also 4-for-6, adding one run and one rbi.  The Knights’ second year program has now surpassed its win total from 2001 and tied their NEC victory total.

The Knights return to action on Monday, April 1st for a doubleheader at local non-conference opponent St. Peter’s starting at 3:00 p.m.

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