Ravens Blast Three Homers in Game One Win, Take Season Series with Saturday Split at Stonehill

Ashley Conway (Photo Courtesy of Trevor Guay)
Ashley Conway (Photo Courtesy of Trevor Guay)

EASTON, Mass. (April 27, 2019) – The Franklin Pierce University softball team smacked three homers and four doubles during a come from behind 7-4 game one win against Northeast-10 Conference opponent Stonehill College Saturday afternoon before falling 10-6 in eight innings to the Skyhawks in game two. The spit completes the Ravens 2019 campaign at 11-30, 7-20 NE10 and 5-16 in the Northeast division while Stonehill wraps up the year at 15-24, 11-16 NE10 and 9-12 in the division.

The Ravens combined to bash four homers and six doubles across the two games. Third baseman Ashley Conway (Salem, N.H.) was 4-for-6 in both games with three runs scored, two doubles, a homer, and three RBI.

Freshman Cat Simmons (Pine Plains, N.Y.) walloped two taters during the twinbill giving her nine on the year which tied her for the highest single-season total in program history with Erin Wood (2016). Simmons' nine bombs ranks her second in the conference this year.


Game One: Ravens 7, Skyhawks 4 (Final)

Conway was a perfect 3-for-3 at the dish with all of her hits going for extra bases, two doubles, and a homer. She also knocked in a game-high three runs. Sophomore right fielder Gina Hickey (Lancaster, Mass.) went 3-for-4 with a homer, a double and a team-best three runs scored. Simmons hit the third homer for the Ravens, a two-run shot. In her final career game, senior pitcher Sabrina LoMonaco (Franklin, Mass.) tossed a complete game striking out four batters moving to 2-4 on the year.

For the Skyhawks, third baseman Michelle Theilgard provided the punch with a 3-for-4 effort, a double and two-RBI. Designated player Genna Hartman tallied an RBI single as well.

Stonehill struck for three runs in the bottom of the first. Theilgard doubled into the left-center field gap plating two runs and first baseman Julia Hartman lofted a sacrifice fly for the second out of the inning. The Ravens got one of the runs back in the top of the second with back to back doubles off the bats of Hinckley and Conway cutting the deficit to 3-1.

Pierce tied the game 3-3 in the top of the fourth. Hinckley slapped a one-out solo shot to right field. Conway immediately followed pulling a two-bagger into the left-center field gap. She moved up to third due to a wild pitch and scored the tying run off a Lexi Garcia (Sylmar, Calif.) single through the left side. Stonehill regained the edge in the next half inning, a two-out single up the middle putting the hosts in front 4-3.

The Ravens took the lead for good in the top of the sixth as Conway smoked a two-run moonshot scoring Hinckley who singled and stole second. Simmons added insurance in the next at-bats for FPU pulling a round-tripper with two away in the top of the seventh.


Game Two: Skyhawks 10, Ravens 6 (Final – 8 Innings)

Simmons homered again for the Ravens in the second game finishing the duel 1-for-3 chipping in two runs scored and two walks. Center fielder Ashley Rosario (Queensbury, N.Y.) was 2-for-3 with a double, two RBI, one run scored and a free pass. Second baseman Kaitlyn Rooney (Shirley, Mass.) racked up the game-tying hit finishing the battle with two RBI.

Stonehill left fielder Caroline Casey was 3-for-5 with a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the eighth inning.

In the bottom of the second, shortstop Maille Bennett cleared the bases tripling down the right field line putting the hosts ahead 3-0. They added on a run in the next inning doubling down the left field line to push their lead to 4-0.

FPU pulled within one in the top of the fourth. Simmons led off the frame walloping a big fly over the left field fence. A couple of batters later, Rosario doubled in two runs making it a 4-3 contest. In the next inning for FPU Simmons scored off a wild pitch to tie the game 4-4.

Pierce took a short-lived lead in the top of the sixth as Rooney roped a two-bagger to push their squad in the driver's seat 6-4. Stonehill tied the game in the bottom of the seventh via a two-RBI double and won the game in the bottom of the eighth off a walk-off grand slam.

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