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Gators Drop Two to Fisher

Gators Drop Two to Fisher
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Pine Manor dropped a pair of five-inning contests to Fisher on Monday afternoon with the Falcons taking game one 26-0 and winning the second game 19-2.
Pine Manor is now 0-10 on the year, while Fisher improves to 4-19.

Game 1

Fisher set the tone for the afternoon with a 12-run explosion in the first inning of game one. Christine Briggs (Rumford, Maine) had two hits, a double and a single, in the inning and three RBI. She was one of four Falcons to have multi-hit games in the front end of the doubleheader.

Junior pitcher Jayla Vega (Hoboken, N.J.) got the start for the visitors going all five innings and striking out seven en route to her second win of the season.

After Vega retired the side in order, Fisher's bats went back to work. Following two quick outs, the Falcon had five straight reach base and tacked on a couple of runs.

The Gators started to get something going in the bottom of the second as centerfielder Ari DeJesus (Providence, R.I.) singled and stole second, followed by a Cathryn White (Douglas, Mass.) walk. However, the Falcons were able to get out of the mini-jam and go into the third with the shutout still intact.

The Falcons offense added six more runs in the third including a pinch-hit, RBI single by Emily Smith (Oxford, N.Y.) and Briggs's fourth hit of the day which drove in her game-high fifth run.

In the bottom of the inning it looked like the Gators were going to get their first run of the day. Anastasia Walker (West Springfield, Mass.) singled and advanced to third on Ashley Whiteshield's (Seweard, Alaska) base knock before Vanessa Soto (Fontana, Calif.) hit an apparent sacrifice fly to centerfield. However, it was ruled that Walker left early and the side was retired.

The Gators held the Falcons scoreless in the fourth, but couldn't do the same in the fifth. The first eight batters for Fisher reached safely as the guests added six more runs to their total.

Aside from Briggs, three other Falcons had big RBI days as shortstop Morgan Selmi (Rohnert Park, Calif.), centerfielder Jade Bracero (Hoboken, N.J.), and third baseman Mikayla Zimmerman (Coron, Calif.) all had three-RBI games.

Game 2

Fisher kept the bats ringing in the second game with Selmi, Briggs, and catcher Victoria Park (Lynn, Mass.) all having three-hit games. Two of Selmi's hits came in the seven-run first inning for the Falcons.

The Gators went quietly in the bottom of the inning and the Fisher offense went back to work adding three more runs in the top of the second.

In the bottom of the inning, Zimmerman relieved Vega in the circle. Against the new Falcon hurler, Pine Manor was finally able to push across a run. Pitcher Chardonai Rose (Fairfield, Calif.) singled to lead off the inning and advanced to second on a wild pitch. With two outs in the inning, Eboni Jackson (Prince George's County, Md.) hit a hard spinning ball right in front of the plate. The Fisher catcher threw it away allowing Rose to score Pine Manor's first run of the afternoon.

Selmi helped the Falcons get that run right back in the next inning as she led off with a triple and scored on a Zimmerman fly ball to right. Fisher would add a second run in the inning to extend its lead to 12-1.

Pine Manor scraped across one more run in the bottom of the fourth. Once again it was Rose who started the mini-rally as she walked and eventually scored as Jackson hit a flare to left that was mishandled by the Falcon's leftfielder.

The Falcons bookended game two with another seven-run inning in the fifth. This one was capped off by a three-run, inside-the-park home run by Zimmerman. The freshman also finished the game in the circle and earned the win.

Pine Manor will play its third twin bill in as many days when it takes the trip to Bay Path tomorrow afternoon with first pitch scheduled for 3:30 p.m.

Fisher is off until Wednesday when the Falcons will host New England College in a doubleheader starting at 6:30 p.m.


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