Cavaliers split a pair of softball games

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"We started Monday", Alex coach Sarah Almack said. "Of course the success has made it much easier, but I just feel like this year we are so much more of a family. Defense turned it around after that, but at that point it was nearly too late".

Broyles, a senior catcher, belted two home runs as the Panthers rolled to a 14-0 five-inning victory at Rural Retreat on Tuesday.

Stonehill connected again in the top of the fifth inning, as Hannah Ricker (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough) singled to left center and Casey reached on an error putting the two runners on first and second.

"We couldn't manage to score her", said Abernathy.

The Raiders wouldn't go down without a fight and with Manion on the mound, they seemed to tighten things up.

McKee (5-4) picked up the complete-game victory allowing five hits and four runs (three earned).

Following Bear's diving catch, senior pitcher Michelle Rogers gave up a hit up the middle, but went on and struck out the next batter to secure the win.

It was a remarkable pitching performance from Manion in the first contest.

Head coach Ron Cipriano said Thursday's game was a "tough loss" but that he saw good efforts from his players.

UMass Lowell dropped the first game, 6-3. In the bottom of the eighth redshirt senior Chad Roskelly singled to right field, which would bring home freshman Zach Iverson to tie the game up. Rivera took advantage of the scoring opportunity and crushed a grand slam over the centerfield wall to cut the score to 9-6.

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The River Hawks lost the second game, 20-8. "Leading off the first with a bunt single really got us going". Sophomore Cassie Griffin smoked a double into left field to score pinch runner Abigail Rhodesin the second, and then in the fifth, Allison Rager pulled a ball into left that plated Aubrey Bennett to round out Morehead State's scoring for the day.

Sonora's Kelsey Burr hit a home run in the bottom of the seventh and Lucy Hessler singled to give the 'Cats the chance to even things up. Molly Pendley put the Lady Warriors back up two with an RBI single into left field that loaded the bases for Olivia Ball.

"Something changed from that first to second game", Evans said. Winning pitcher Colton Johns struck out 13 as he tossed a one hitter. Colby Wilkerson came in as relief to finish the sixth and seventh innings, striking out three for the night.

Corissa Wagner closed out the shutout with an inning of scoreless work.

The Panthers were led offensively by junior Drew Brannan who went two for three at the plate with two RBI's and fellow junior Stetson Cudo also added two RBI's while going 1-3 with a walk as well for the Panthers. Kayler Townsend got credit for the RBI, while Julia Bomhardt had two of the hits.

Abby O'Shields threw all 10 innings for IR in the win over Smyrna.

"(Evans) pitched a heck of a game", Skudre said. "I'm proud of the way the girls fought their way back into it".

Friday's games will start at 2 and 4 p.m. and Sunday's games will start at 1 and 3 p.m. With all the weather postponements as of late, the Raiders will have plenty of opportunity to get on the right track.

UMD will resume conference play this weekend with a three-game home series vs. Indiana.