CLERMONT, Fla. – The Lasell College softball team dropped a pair of games on the middle day of the five-day set of doubleheaders Wednesday, falling to Mount St. Joseph College (Ohio), 12-7, and Coast Guard, 9-0, in five innings.
Sophomore Victoria Spellman (Rocky Hill, Conn.) and freshman Carly VanDeusen (North Haven, Conn.) had two hits apiece for Lasell in the game against Mount St. Joseph, with Spellman scoring a run and driving in one and VanDeusen cracking a triple and scoring two runs.
VanDeusen tripled in the third inning and scored on a single by Spellman to cut Mount St. Joe's lead to 2-1 in the top of the third, but the Lions tacked on four runs in the bottom of the third and three in the last of the fourth to make it 9-1.
Lasell erupted for six runs in the top of the fifth inning to pull to within 9-7. VanDeusen, sophomore Essie Plouffe (North Scituate, R.I.) and Spellman singled to load the bases with no outs, and VanDeusen scored on a wild pitch. Sophomore Nicole Arcese (Holliston, Mass.) singled in a run, Arcese and Spellman later came around to score on a Lion error, and senior Ashley Gatchell (Franklin, Mass.) added an RBI single. The final run scored on another Lion error.
R-N put the game away with three insurance runs in the last of the sixth inning and Lasell went down in order in the top of the seventh.
Lasell managed just four hits in the game against Coast Guard in the inning-shortened contest. Freshman Hailey Haskins (Franklin, N.H.) and sophomore Arianna Genovese (Rocky Hill, Conn.) singled with one out in the first inning but were stranded on the bases. Freshman Bethany Hector (Jaffrey, N.H.) added a single in the fourth inning but was erased on a double play, and Spellman singled in the fifth inning following a Lion error but the Lasers couldn't capitalize.
Coast Guard scored nine runs on 15 hits, scoring twice in the first and third innings and four times in the second and adding a solo run in the fourth inning.
The Lasers (1-5) will continue games at the National Training Center Thursday, facing the University of Wisconsin-Stout at 1:00 p.m. and Wesleyan College at 5:30 p.m.
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