Stonehill Snatches Victory from Adelphi, 6-2

Sophomore Kelsey Wilcox set the tone early with her Conference-leading 12th home run of the year in the first, extending her hitting streak to ten games. 

Wilcox and Swider key offense in bounce back victory for Skyhawks

EASTON, Mass. (April 29, 2011) – Stonehill College took advantage of a break from Mother Nature to post a 6-2 victory over Adelphi University in Northeast-10 Conference softball action at Fr. William Gartland, CSC, Field this afternoon.

Stonehill, who trailed 4-0 in the third inning in game two of a doubleheader on Thursday when heavy rain and lightening forced the game to be postponed until today, starting from scratch, scored four runs over its final two at bats to clinch a much needed victory. Sophomore Kelsey Wilcox (Canterbury, Conn./Griswold) went 1-for-2 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored – extending her team leading hitting streak to ten games. Freshman Christina Swider (Hebron, Conn./RHAM) was also 1-for-2 with two RBI, while senior Chelsea Stryker (Baldwin, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) hit 2-for-4 with a double, stolen base and two runs scored. Sophomore Casey Remick (Norton, Mass./Norton) batted 1-for-3 with a stolen base and run scored.

Freshman Lindsay McKillop (East Meadow, N.Y./East Meadow) picked up the win (5-5) for the Skyhawks, allowing two earned runs on nine hits with a strikeout and two walks over 5.1 innings. Junior Samantha Krantz (Hampton Bays, N.Y./Hampton Bays) retired all five batters she faced, striking out one, to notch her fourth save of the season.

Sophomore Christina Swider's two-run single in the fifth put the Skyhawks in front for good. 

Senior Shay Craig (Boise, Idaho/Timberline) led Adelphi as she hit 2-for-2 with a walk, home run and two RBI. Sophomore Jeanine Leo (Staten Island, N.Y./Tottenville) went 2-for-3 with a double, while classmate Amy Ogden (Waterford, Conn./Waterford) batted 1-for-3 with a run scored.

Freshman Katie Andrews (Dothan, Ala./Dothan) took the loss (10-7) as she yielded six runs, five earned, on eight hits with six strikeouts and a walk over 5.2 innings.

Stonehill jumped ahead with two in the first as Stryker led off with a double off the wall in center before Wilcox smacked her NE-10 leading 12th home run of the season to left field with two out. Adelphi tied the game in the fifth when Ogden led off with a single to center and Craig followed with her sixth homer of the year with two out.

Stonehill quickly regained the lead with a pair in the bottom of the fifth. Remick sparked the inning with a two-out single to right center, stole second, and advanced to third on a single to center by Stryker. Stryker stole second before Swider singled to shallow center to drive both runners in with the go-ahead runs.

Stonehill added a pair of insurance runs in the sixth, loading the bases with a walk, single and fielder's choice with one out. Freshman Brianna Gunter (Amherst, N.H./Souhegan) reached with a pinch-hit infield single to drive in Wilcox, and sophomore Courtney Marchand (Danville, N.H./Timberlane) also scored on a throwing error on the play.

Stonehill (17-25, 13-13 NE-10) rounds out the regular season with a pair of road doubleheaders starting at The College of Saint Rose on Saturday at noon. The Skyhawks need to win its last four games of the regular season and get some help to have a shot at a second-straight postseason berth. Adelphi (25-21, 17-9 NE-10) hosts Merrimack College for a doubleheader tomorrow at noon.

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