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Wednesday, April 10, 2002


FDU Splits at Sacred Heart
Two-out rally in seventh inning of game two lift Knights 8-3

Fairfield, Conn. – The Fairleigh Dickinson University (7-13, 5-9 NEC) softball team split a doubleheader with host Sacred Heart (14-17, 9-5 NEC), dropping the first game 12-3 before rebounding to take an early lead in game two and complete the victory with a two-out, seventh-inning explosion of five runs to win 8-3, ending the Pioneers five-game win-streak.

Sacred Heart scored two in the first and three in the third to take an early 5-1 lead over the Knights going into the fourth. Anneliese Padilla (Fr., RF, West Linn, OR) tripled to center field and later scored on a sacrifice fly from Caroline Kovach (Soph., LF, Tinton Falls, NJ) for FDU’s run in the second inning. The Pioneers did their damage in the fourth inning, where six hits and two Knight errors allowed for seven runs and the 11 run advantage. The Knights managed two runs in the top of the fifth but it wasn’t enough as they suffered their very first eight-run rule loss this season. Marlise Kotrosits (Fr., RHP, Whitehall, PA) moved to 2-3 on the season with the loss while Lauren Lapinski (Fr., RHP, Clifton Park, NY) moved to 5-7 for the Pioneers.

FDU struck hard in the first frame of the second game, scoring three runs on four hits. Kara Morris (Fr., CF, Mahwah, NJ), Padilla, Jessi Potter (Fr., 3B, Oneonta, NY), and Kovach all posted singles to help the Knights to a lead they would hold for most of the game. The Pioneers scored one in the second but could only manage two more hits until the fifth inning when they tied the game at 3-3. After a scoreless sixth inning the Knights’ fate was in their own hands.

With two outs and nobody on base, twin sisters Kim Farhat (Fr., SS, Paramus, NJ) and Tiffany Farhat (Fr., 2B, Paramus, NJ) began the rally with walks. Morris singled to load the bases before Potter walked in Kim Farhat for the Knights’ first run of the inning. Padilla ripped a double to left center to score two more, advancing to third on a wild pitch which scored Potter to make it 7-3. One more hit--a single from Courtney Rejent (Fr, 1B, Paramus, NJ)--would score Padilla and give the Knights the 8-3 victory as they retired three straight batters to end the seventh inning and post a dramatic split decision with Sacred Heart.

Nicole Farrissey (Fr., RHP, Paramus, NJ) earned her third win of the season in her sixth complete game, striking out one and walking one. Stacey Gerrity (Sr., RHP, Shelton, CT) took the loss for Sacred Heart, working a full seven innings and striking out six.

FDU’s Morris finished the day 4-for-7 with two runs scored while Padilla went 4-for-6 with three RBI and three runs scored. Michele Walker (Jr., DH, Paramus, NJ) went 4-for-6 with two RBI and two runs scored for Sacred Heart on the day.

The Knights return to action tomorrow when they travel to Fordham University for a doubleheader scheduled to begin at 4pm.

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