October 23, 2020

Ospreys peck Lions twice

The College’s softball team suffered a double defeat this week, losing both games in a doubleheader to Richard Stockton College.

In the first game, the Lions were only three outs away from a victory, holding a 1-0 lead until the bottom of the seventh inning.

Facing defeat, Stockton managed to rally against senior pitcher Julianne Lajiness with an RBI double by senior first baseman Jessica Williams to tie the score.

With two outs, the Ospreys followed with an RBI single from pinch-hitter sophomore Melissa Baumgartner to clinch the game by a score of 2-1.

The game turned out to be a pitchers’ duel as Lajiness allowed only five hits along with six strikeouts. Lajiness was out-dueled by sophomore Jessica Ricciuti, who pitched a two-hitter with one unearned run.

In the second game, the Ospreys managed to shut out the Lions completely for a 2-0 victory.

Freshman Ellen Seavers provided a consistent offense for the Lions in the second game, accounting for two of the team’s six hits. The Lions made contact but had difficulty scoring runs, leaving eight players on base.

“Stockton just found a way to get hits and we didn’t,” Seavers said. “We just need to go out there and hit like we know we can. Everyone on this team is capable of producing runs.”

Stockton earned the only runs of the game in the fourth inning with another RBI single from Baumgartner.

In the first game of the doubleheader against Kean University on Monday, Lajiness pitched 6-1/3 shutout innings with five strikeouts in the 4-0 win.

The College lost the second game to Kean, 7-6, after squandering an early 3-0 lead.

The Lions visit Hunter College on Thursday at 3 p.m. and then travel to Montclair State University for a New Jersey Athletic Conference match on Saturday at 3 p.m.

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