Nelson, Gators Extend Winning Streak to Eight with Sweep of Fisher

Box Scores: Game 1 | Game 2

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Senior starting pitcher Tia Nelson (Rockport, MA), above, pitched a complete game shutout in game one and picked up her tenth victory of the season in game two to lead the Gators to a sweep, 7-0 and 5-3, over visiting Fisher College on Saturday afternoon at Pine Manor Field.

Nelson struck out 13 batters while surrendering only four hits to help Pine Manor cruise to a 7-0 victory in game one over Fisher. Nelson also drove in a team-high five RBIs on the day, knocking in three runners in game one and a pair in game two.

Freshman Sybil Lynch (Hoboken, NJ) led off the bottom of the first with a walk before advancing to third on a single from classmate Vanessa Soto (Fontana, CA). A walk to junior Macayla Krylo (Pawtucket, RI) then brought Nelson to the plate with the bases loaded and no one out. Nelson delivered a single to left field to score Lynch and Soto and advance Kirylo to second. A double-steal from Kirylo and Nelson, following a strikeout by Chardonai Rose (Fairfield, CA), allowed Kirylo to score from third on a ground out by Kaylyn Delgado (Worcester, MA). Nelson then scored later in the inning thanks to a double from battery mate Betzy Maysonet (Boston, MA) to give the Gators a 5-0 advantage.

Nelson then struck out six of the next seven batters she faced, retiring the side on strikeouts in both the top of the second and third inning, as the game moved along to the fifth inning before Pine Manor added to its advantage.

In the fifth, back-to-back one out singles from Soto and Kirylo helped move Soto into scoring position at third base, where a sacrifice fly from Nelson drove in the freshman second baseman. Kirylo would then score on an error later in the inning to push the PMC lead to 7-0. From there Nelson only surrendered one hit in the final two innings as PMC cruised to a game one win.

In game two, the Gators again got out to an early lead, manufacturing a run to take a 1-0 advantage in the first inning. With two-away in the inning, Kirylo worked a walk before advancing to second on a base hit from Nelson. With the two runners aboard, Rose singled into left field, scoring Kirylo for the only run of the inning.

With Pine Manor leading 1-0 in the top of the fifth inning, Fisher produced a two-run rally to take its first lead of the day at 2-1. With one-out, Fisher freshman Jayla Vega (Hoboken, NJ) worked a walk to give the Lady Falcons a base runner. Vega then stole second and third on either side of a strikeout from centerfielder Emily Smith (Oxford, NY) before coming around to score, and tie the game, on a single to right field from classmate Kaliah Goulet (Haverhill, MA). With Goulet on second following the play, freshman Samantha Maldonado (Hoboken, NJ) doubled to left to score Goulet and give Fisher the 2-1 advantage.

The lead was short lived for Fisher, as the Gators responded with four runs in the home half of the fifth inning to retake the lead. Soto led off the inning, reaching base after being hit by a pitch before Kirylo reached thanks to error. With both runners in scoring position following the error: Nelson again delivered for the Gators, clearing the bases with a two RBI double to left centerfield. Nelson would then come around to score on a double from Delgado. While, Delgado scored later in the inning on a two-out single from Natasha Kopystynsky (Johnsburg, IL) that gave PMC the 5-2 lead.

In the top of the seventh inning, Fisher attempted to rally one final time. Smith reached base with one away thanks to a single. She then stole second base and advanced to third when the errant pickoff attempt went into centerfield. With Smith on third, Goulet hit a deep sacrifice fly to score the runner and cut the PMC advantage to 5-3. With two outs, back-to-back singles followed by a wild pitch put the tying runs in scoring position for the Lady Falcons but Nelson was able to induce a ground ball to second to secure the 5-3 win – Pine Manor’s eighth victory in-a-row. 

Fisher College will return to action on Wednesday April 17 when they host New England College for a doubleheader beginning at 3:00 PM. The Gators will make the short drive to Mount Ida College in Newton, MA on Tuesday for a 3:00 PM doubleheader.

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