(Nashua, N.H.) The Rivier University Softball team slugged their way to a pair of victories this evening over visiting Fisher College under the lights at Raider Field. The Raiders earned the victory in game one 8-0 before finishing the four game sweep with an 11-1 win in game two. Rivier is now 5-9 on the season while the Falcons fall to 0-12.
Game One: Rivier University 8, Fisher College 0 (Final/6 innings)
The Raiders plated two runs on the first to take the lead and never looked back as they won game one 8-0 in six innings.
Freshman Kellie Kennedy (Hudson, N.H.) was spectacular inside the circle as she struck out nine hitters in her five innings of work. The right-hander allowed just four hits and did not issue a free pass for her second win of the season. Sophomore Courtney Trahan (Brooklyn, Conn.) tossed a scoreless inning of relief for Rivier.
Sophomore Taylor Rowsell (Chelmsford, Mass.) went 2-for-2 with five RBI to power the offensive output and junior Linsey Roth (Tyngsboro, Mass.) smacked a two run single in the sixth for a 1-for-1, 2 RBI night. Freshman Kaite Welch (Wilmington, Mass.) was the other Raider to record an RBI as she went 1-for-3 with stolen base in the win.
Fisher saw senior Mikayla Zimmerman (Corona, Calif.) go 2-for-3 and both junior Darien Lavino (Tewksbury, Mass.) and freshman Jordan Farrington (Las Vegas, Nev.) record the other two hits on the evening. Zimmerman suffered the loss inside the circle as she allowed six runs, five earned on four hits and striking out two. Sophomore Corrie Edstrom (Shrewsbury, Mass.) gave up the other two runs, one earned, on one hit and two strikeouts.
Game Two: Rivier University 11, Fisher College 1 (Final/5 innings)
A six run third was more than enough as Rivier completed the four game sweep with an 11-1, 6 inning victory in the series finale.
Junior Mikayla Ramsdell (Salem, N.H.) went 2-for-2 including her second career home run and two RBI to lead the Raider offense. Classmate Jess Silva (Tewksbury, Mass.) went 1-for-3 with two RBI and two stolen bases while Welch added another RBI for the win. Trahan notched her first win of the season in the circle as she spun four innings of three hit ball allowing one unearned run while striking out two. Rowsell then struck out two her only inning of work to close out the game.
Sophomore Taylor Rowley (Riverton, Utah) was a perfect 2-for-2 and Zimmerman added another base knock on her 1-for-2 night for Fisher. Edstrom suffered the loss as she allowed all eleven runs – four earned – on three hits and four strikeouts.
Rivier will be right back out on the turf tomorrow afternoon as they get set to host Anna Maria College in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference opener. The double-header is slated to begin at 1pm. Fisher College, meanwhile, is scheduled to be back on the field this Tuesday afternoon as they travel to Dean College for a 3pm start.