By Zack Laware – 1851 Contributor
Photos courtesy of Janard Jones / Lasell Athletics
First-year Samara Turgeon of the Lasell University softball team went a combined 5-of-7 batting, with two runs, one triple and one double, in a double header split with Eastern Nazarene on Wednesday at Taylor Field. Lasell dropped the first game 5-2, but completed the comeback in the second game to win 15-14.
Game 1: (Eastern Nazarene 5, Lasell 2)
Turgeon went 2 for 3 for the Lasers in game 1 leading the way on offense, Emily Mestas and Ally Kirck each recorded two stolen bases for Lasell. Eastern Nazarene finished with 14 hits and never trailed during the game. Bailey Olaveson was the key contributor for the Lions, going 3 for 4, with two doubles, one run and one RBI. The Lions also saw offensive production from Aurora Adams and Kiley Ozaki who each had solo home runs. Jenelle Munoz went the complete game and got the win for Eastern Nazarene, giving up two runs and five hits in seven innings, while striking out four and walking two.
Game 2: Lasell 15, Eastern Nazarene 14)
Leading the way for the Lasers was Katie Hopkins who was 3 for 4, with 6 RBIs, 3 runs, and 2 home runs. Turgeon was 3 for 4, with 2 runs, a triple, and a double, and Emily Mestas was 3 for 4, with 3 runs, 2 RBIs, and a double). Seven different Lasers tallied one hit and the team finished with a total of 13 hits. Aurora Adams was (5 for 5, with 4 runs, 3 RBIs, a home run, and a double. Bailey Olaveson was 4 for 5, with 4 runs, 3 doubles, 2 RBIs, and a home run. As they both carried the offense once again for Eastern Nazarene, as the team finished with 19 hits.
Eastern Nazarene built a 3-0 lead in the top of the second, behind an RBI single from Darcy Castro, a one-run double from Jennelle Munoz. After Turgeon got the Lasers on the board in the second, the Lions then extended their lead to 5-1 in the third inning.
A two-run shot by Hopkins over the right-field fence brought hosts to within two at 5-3 in the bottom of the third. The Lions extended their lead to 7-3 in the fourth, and then Lasell responded with nine straight runs.
During that fourth inning, the Lasers scored five times, including a grand slam by Hopkins, giving the hosts the lead at 8-7. The Lasers put up four runs during the fifth, highlighted by a two-run double to left-center by Mestas, as the Lasers went ahead 12-7.
Each team scored three runs in the sixth. A three-run home run by Adams in the seventh inning was not enough. The Lasers were able to hold off the late run and secure a 15-14 victory.
The Lasers will compete against Albertus Magnus in a GNAC doubleheader Friday, with game times set for 3 and 5 p.m. on Taylor Field.