By Brandon Chase — Opinion Editor
The Rivier College softball team spoiled the final regular season home games for seniors Talia DeChiara, Jacqui Saluti and Marissa McHugh, losing 11-7 and 13-4 in a doubleheader on Sunday, April 22.
In the first game of a the twin bill, Rivier quickly jumped out to a 5-0 lead after the first inning thanks to RBI doubles by sophomores Catherine Roy and Kelsey Goodridge, and junior Melissa Mercier. The Raiders tacked on two more runs in the second inning and three in the fourth to increase their lead to 10-0 heading into the bottom of the fourth. Lasell starter, junior Alison Saluti, pitched 3.1 innings, allowed 10 runs (all of them earned) on 10 hits, while striking out three and walking two batters.
The Lasers began to chip away at the Rivier lead in the bottom of the fourth. Lasell loaded the bases for freshman power hitter Denise Archetto, who lofted a two-run double into right field to make the score 10-2. The next batter, junior Candace Hankard hit an RBI single, and freshman Bri Gowans followed with a sacrifice fly to cut the deficit to six runs after four innings.
Sophomore Samantha Whynot pitched well in relief of Saluti, giving up only one run on three hits in 3.2 innings of work.
With the score 11-4 heading into the bottom of the seventh, Lasell mounted another comeback. The Lasers were able to score three more times in the final frame, but fell short of the win.
In the second game, Rivier again scored first on a Goodridge sac fly in the top of the first. Lasell answered in the bottom of the inning with three runs on a double by Jacqui Saluti, and singles by Archetto and junior Rachelle Haas. Archetto ended the day 6-8 with four RBIs and a run scored.
The Raiders scored single runs in the top of the second and fifth innings to tie the score at three on an RBI groundout by sophomore Kristie Clark and a double by junior Amanda Thornton. In the bottom of the fifth, Saluti picked up her second RBI of the game and third of the day on a single to help Lasell regain the lead, 4-3.
After Rivier tied the score again in the top of the sixth, the Raiders’ offense exploded in the top of the seventh, scoring nine times on 10 hits to break the game open, overpowering any chance of a Laser comeback.
Lasell’s pitcher, sophomore Cassie Wadden, took the loss. Rivier improved to 22-10 on the season and the Lasers fell to 10-26.