Nielsen enjoys career day in homecoming as Gators drop pair

STANDISH, ME -- Pine Manor dropped two to the Monks of St. Joseph's of Maine Saturday afternoon, 10-9 and 8-6, in Great Northeast Athletic Conference softball play.

Saco, Maine native Kayla Nielsen took in some home cooking in spite of the losses, crushing three homers in a 4-for-7 day at the plate. Courtney Wallace also enjoyed a standout day at the plate in her final return to Maine, going 3-for-7 with three runs scored.

The Game 1 loss saw starting pitcher Tia Nelson fall short in her bid for her second career victory, as the Monks rallied for five in the bottom of the sixth after the Gators took a 9-5 lead in the top of the inning. Nielsen and Wallace each scored twice in the opener, as outfielder Kaylyn Delgado enjoyed the best performance of her freshman campaign, going  3-for-3 with two RBI's.

After the Gators took a 5-4 lead thanks to four unearned runs in the fourth inning of Game 2, St. Joseph's stormed back with three in the bottom half in its 8-6 win. Nielsen's third solo bomb of the day and fifth homer of the season pulled Pine Manor to within two in the top of the seventh. Following a Siobhan Raymond two-out walk, Delgado flew out to third representing the potential tying run.

Pitching her second game of the day, freshman Tia Nelson struck out three over six innings, going 2-for-3 at the plate.

Pine Manor returns home tomorrow, playing host to Johnson & Wales at noon.

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