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Softball Sinks St. Thomas Aquinas

By Seren Jones
Staff Writer

The no. 18 LIU Post softball team earned yet another sweep on Saturday, April 19, downing East Coast Conference (ECC) opponent St. Thomas Aquinas (STAC) 2-0 and 8-0 in a doubleheader in Sparkill, N.Y. As a result, the Pioneers improved their overall record to 33-5, with a conference record of 19-1.

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Freshman pitcher Ashley Martin
The first game was scoreless through four  18-3 innings as neither side could muster a run. But in the top of the fifth, junior outfielder, Catherine Havens, led off with a single. Two batters later, senior outfielder Alexis Gonzalez, blasted her 11th home run of the season, giving LIU Post a 2-0 advantage.

That was all the scoring the visitors needed, as senior starter, Liz Weber, earned her 16th win of the season. She allowed five hits and one walk with two strikeouts over five innings of work. Sophomore pitcher Quincy Lewis tossed the final two innings to collect her seventh save of the year. She set the Spartans down in both the sixth and seventh frames to secure the win. Havens and Gonzalez each finished the opener 2-for-3 with a run scored, while Gonzalez added a walk and two RBIs.

The Pioneers did not wait as long to cross the plate in game two. Havens singled to lead off the game, and Gonzalez doubled her home only two batters later. A subsequent groundout then moved Gonzalez to third, and junior catcher

Aly Dzierzynski reached on an error by the third baseman, allowing Gonzalez to score the second run of the inning. The Green and Gold added another two runs in the next frame on an RBI double by sophomore third baseman Maria Palmeri, and an RBI groundout by senior second baseman Angela Carmine.

After pushing across a fifth run in the third, the Pioneers extended their lead to 8-0, with a three-run fifth inning as Palmeri, Havens, and Carmine all knocked in runs.
Freshman hurler Ashley Martin was dominant in the circle, improving to 13-0 for the season. The rookie allowed just one hit over five innings while walking none and fanning six. Havens led the way at the plate as she put forth a 3-for-4 showing with an RBI and a run scored.

The team wraps up their regular season on Sunday April 30, against Dowling College, and then begin the ECC Championship Tournament and NCAA sub and super regional tournaments.

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