Gators, Nelson, Lyman pick up first win in split with Mount Ida

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NEWTON, MA -- First-year Gators head coach Kristi Lyman earned her first career victory, as did freshman starting pitcher Tia Nelson, as Pine Manor salvaged a split by taking Game 2 at Mount Ida Wednesday afternoon, 5-3. Three late runs led the Mustangs to a 4-1 win in the early game.

"It would have been nice to have two, but it felt good," said Lyman after her first managerial win. "It starts with one."

Courtney Wallace homered in both halves of the double header, going a combined 4-for-8 on the day and going deep for the third straight game. Lead-off hitter Jess Kennedy went 4-for-7 with a double and a triple, and Kaylyn Delgado and Kayla Nielsen (right) added solo homers as the Gators won for the first time in 2010.

Wallace's first longball tied Game 1 in the fifth, but freshman Ashley White answered with a solo shot of her own in the bottom half. Mount Ida added two more on three hits in the sixth to pick up the win for Danielle Meeker, who threw seven innings of one-run ball.

Senior Siobhan Raymond took the loss for Pine Manor. She struck out six over six innings, allowing three earned runs and going 2-for-2 at the plate, as well.

Kennedy scored on a double from Nielsen, who came around to score on a wild pitch to start Game 2. The Mustangs immediately answered, as RBI doubles from Courtney Rebello and Danielle Mitchell tied the game in the bottom half of the inning at 2-2.

Two innings later, Maine natives Nielsen and Wallace broke out the lumber for back-to-back jacks, supplying more offense than Nelson (left) would need in earning her first victory as a Gator.

The freshman settled down after a rocky first, allowing just one run on three hits over the final six innings. In all, Nelson allowed three runs, all earned, and six hits, striking out three and walking none.

Of all teams, Mount Ida might be the happiest to have played its last regualr season game against Courtney Wallace. In her last four games against the Mustangs, the three-time All-GNAC First Teamer has homered in a  four and crushed five in all. Over her last five games against Mount Ida, going back to 2008, Wallace has 11 hits in 19 at-bats for an amazing .578 average, scoring eight runs and driving in seven.

Wallace's Gators (1-14, 1-5 GNAC) play Simmons on Friday in a double header starting at 3:30 p.m. at Pine Manor field.

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