Assumption powers past Pace
Hounds belt five homers on day, rally from 8-1 deficit in Game 2
PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. -- Sophomore Nikki Boris launched a pair of three-run homers for Assumption as the Hounds belted five homers overall in a road sweep at Pace on Tuesday afternoon in Northeast-10 Conference play. The Hounds took game by a 3-1 final before winning a back-and-forth game two by a 12-9 score to run their win streak to four consecutive games.
The Setters jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second on a solo homer by Natalie Gellos and the game remained a one-run margin into the top of the fifth. In the fifth, the Hounds used a pair of one-out singles by sophomore Tanya Robidoux and junior Melissa Jalbert to begin the threat. Boris made the Setters pay as she launched a three-run homer to right center for the 3-1 Assumption lead.
Assumption senior pitcher Jennifer Lowrey won for the fourth consecutive decision to improve to 7-4 overall as she fanned 12 batters while scattering five hits. Kayla Hill took the loss for Pace, giving up three earned runs on nine hits while striking out four.
In Game 2, Robidoux and Jalbert got the Hounds off to a quick start in the top of the first. Robidoux led off the inning with a single and advanced to second on an error, followed by Jalbert's third home run of the season for the early 2-0 edge. The Setters answered in a big way in the bottom of the third as they put up seven earned runs, led by a three-RBI double from Lana Buchbinder, to chase Assumption starter Chelsea Durso.
After Pace increased its lead to 8-1 in the fourth, it was Assumption's turn to put up some offense in the top of the fifth.
The Hounds closed to within a run at 8-7 behind the second three-run homer of the day by Boris, along with a two-RBI double to centerfield from freshman first baseman Ashley Impagliazzo. Assumption took the lead again in the top of the sixth on a two-RBI double to center by freshman Jess DiPilato to score Robidoux and Jalbert with a pair of unearned runs after each reached on errors to start the inning.
Pace answered right back in the bottom of the sixth though as Jeane Drury launched a two-out solo shot off Assumption reliever Jenn Lattal to tie the game at 9-9 entering the seventh. The Hounds weren't done with the long ball though as Kolby Davenport launched a two-run shot and Robidoux a solo shot to left to give the visitors five homers on the day and a 12-9 lead going to the bottom of the seventh.
Lattal picked up the win for Assumption, going 4.1 innings in relief with seven strikeouts to improve to 6-2 on the season.
Assumption has now won eight of its last nine games to improve to 16-9 overall and 9-3 in Northeast-10 play, while the Setters dropped to 20-8 overall and 8-6 in the league.