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Thursday, April 11, 2002


Fordham Sweeps FDU Softball, 3-2 and 15-9
Mo O'Callahan rips three-run home run in game two as Knights post most runs and hits in two-year program history

Bronx, NY – Highlighted by Maureen O’Callahan’s (Soph., C, Barnegat, NJ) first home run of the season, the Fairleigh Dickinson University (7-15) softball team posted a wild seven-run rally in the fifth inning of game two but the host Fordham Rams (11-28) responded with seven runs of their own in the sixth and defeated the Knights 15-9. The Rams also took the first game, 3-2. The nine runs and 13 hits from the Knights in game two are the most in the two-year history of the new era of Knights’ softball.

In game one, Amanda Martynkiewicz capped a three-run sixth inning for Fordham with a two-run single, which turned out to be the difference as the Rams won the game, 3-2. Both teams were held scoreless until the final two innings, with the Rams taking a 3-0 lead after the sixth. The FDU Knights would not go quietly though, rallying in the seventh to score twice as Serena Larsen (Soph., C, Palisades Park, NJ) singled home Kim Edone (Fr., OF, Paramus, NJ), and Caroline Kovach (Soph., LF, Tinton Falls, NJ) doubled home Larsen. It ended there for the Knights as they were unable to get the needed third run to tie the game. Carol Fischer got the win for Fordham allowing two runs on six hits with five strikeouts while Jennifer Buehler (Fr., RHP, Oriskany) pitched all six innings for FDU, fanning four and walking two with no earned runs.

In game two, Fordham got out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning as Fischer had an RBI-single with Meghan Connelly hitting a two-run triple to score Fischer and Jamie Giguere (Escanaba, MI). FDU responded with two runs in the second to cut the lead to 3-2 as Larsen scored on a O’Callahan groundout and Kim Farhat (Fr., SS, Paramus, NJ) singled home Kovach. The Rams would then score five runs in the bottom half of the inning to go up 8-2. Both teams were held scoreless in the third and fourth innings, but FDU scored seven times on seven hits in the fifth to take a 9-8 lead, capped by O’Callahan’s three-run home run, her first of the year, which scored Kovach and Larsen. The Knights’ twins, Kim Farhat and Tiffany Farhat (Fr., 2B, Paramus, NJ) started the inning with singled followed by one from Kara Morris (Fr., CF, Mahwah, NJ). Edone singled in two runs and Larsen singled in two more. With Larsen and Kovach on base, O’Callahan homered to left center to give FDU a 9-8 lead, the most runs scored in the two-year history of the new era of Knights’ softball. The amazing come-from-behind rally was countered with seven-runs from Fordham in the bottom of the sixth, which saw five doubles by the Rams.

For Fordham, all nine starters had at least one hit with Fischer picking up the win in relief pitching the final two innings, while going 3-for-3 at the plate with three runs and four RBI. Larsen and Kovach each went 3-for-4 with two runs scored for the Knights, while O’Callahan finished with four RBI. Marlise Kotrosits (Fr., RHP, Whitehall, PA) took the loss in four relief innings, striking out one.

The Knights return to action on Saturday, April 13th when they host Monmouth for a 1pm doubleheader before hosting LIU on Sunday for two games beginning at 12 noon.

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