Raiders strike early in Game 1, last in night cap in sweep of Gators

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CHESTNUT HILL, MA -- First-place Rivier scored in four of the last five innings to take Game 1 and rallied from a 4-0 deficit with 11 straight runs to take Game 2. Ace Monica White struck out 14 in Game 1 and picked up wins in both games of its sweep of Pine Manor, 6-1 and 11-4, Sunday afternoon in Great Northeast Athletic Conference softball action in Chestnut Hill.

Making her season debut following a foot injury, sophomore shortstop  Kayla Nielsen (right) touched White for her only real blemish in Game 1, a towering, seventh inning solo shot to left. Catcher Courtney Wallace got the Gators going much earlier in Game 2 with a three-run blast to the left field side of the center field to put Pine Manor on top 3-0 after the first. The Raiders, though, tied it with three in the fifth and broke it open with a six spot in the seventh in what turned out to be an 11-4 win.

White tripled and scored on a Taylor Cournoyer single to center in giving the Raiders a 1-0 lead in the third inning of Game 1. An inning later, Jess Mellen scored on an Amanda Ryan fielder's choice, and White plated catcher Katie Bachinski with a ground out in the fifth.

A Cournoyer single chased home Bachinski in a two-run seventh before Nielsen spoiled White's shutout bid with one out in the bottom of the inning in Rivier's 6-1 win. Cournoyer went 3-for-4 with two run scored and two driven in, while Bachinski, Mellen and Ryan collected two hits a piece.

Wallace went 2-for-3 for the Gators. Freshman pitcher Tia Nelson scattered 13 hits and struck out five for Pine Manor, while White allowed only five hits in going the distance.

Wallace's three-run blast to the left field side of the center field fence put the Gators up 3-0, and the home team scored again, as Jess Kennedy's double to center scored Kaylyn Delgado in the second inning of the late game.

Starter Siobhan Raymond cruised early, allowing just one hit through her first three innings. Rivier  (13-1, 4-0) tied it in the fifth on a two-run Bachinski double that plated Ryan and Brenna Campbell. After taking the lead on Ryan's solo homer to left in the sixth, Cambell's grand slam gave White more insurance that she would need.

The Game 1 victor worked three shutout innings out of the pen, allowing three hits and striking out three in picking up her second win of the day.

Cournoyer again went 3-for-4 with two RBI's, and Bachinski and Mellen again tallied two hits in making up for a rocky start from Campbell, who lasted only two innings.

Like Nelson, Raymond gave up 13 hits in taking the loss for Pine Manor (0-13, 0-4).

Pine Manor travels to Mount Ida on Wednesday at 3 p.m. Rivier (12-1, 6-0) travels to Suffolk on Thursday at 3 p.m.

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