ORLANDO, FLA. - The Providence College softball team played two games on the second day of the D9 Orange Blossom Tournament in Orlando, Fla. on Feb. 18. The Friars dropped both of their two games on the day, losing to LIU Brooklyn 5-4 and Marshall, 5-2.
The Friars struck first in the game against LIU Brooklyn. After putting two runners on, Nadia Kemp (Wappingers Falls, N.Y.) singled to left field and drove in one to make the score 1-0. Brooklyn struck back in the top of the 2nd inning to tie the game at 1-1.
The scoring resumed in the bottom of the 4th inning. Izzy Mendez (Cedar Grove, N.J.) singled to center with two out and two on to drive in Jackie Martin (Bridgeton, N.J.). Emma Lee (Orange, Calif.) then hit a double to drive in a second run and put the Friars up 3-1. Brooklyn responded in the top of 6th by scoring three runs to take the lead, 4-3. The Blackbirds scored again in the top of the 7th to extend the lead to 5-3.
Providence attempted to rally in the bottom of the 7th. Lee doubled for the second time in the game. Brittany Veler (Santa Rosa, Calif.) then reached base on an error by the second basemen. Lee scored on the error to bring the game to 5-4. The Friars were unable to score again, and lost the game 5-4.
Megan McCune (Orange, Calif.) pitched a complete game in the loss for the Friars, giving up 10 hits while striking out two.
Lee had three hits and one RBI in the game against Brooklyn.
In the second game of the day, Marshall worked out to an early lead, scoring two runs in the bottom of the first and another run in the bottom of the second to take a lead of 3-0.
The Friars threatened in multiple innings but were unable to score until the top of 6th inning. At this point in the game, Providence was down 5-0. The inning began with Lee flying out to centerfield. Veler followed this up with a single. Veler then advanced to second on a wild pitch. Julianne Rurka (Warrenville, Ill.) put the Friars on the board by hitting her first home run of the year, and cutting the deficit to 5-2. The score would remain unchanged as the Friars lost, 5-2.
Christina Ramirez (Niceville, Fla.) pitched a complete game in the loss. Ramirez allowed nine hits while striking out four batters.
Rurka and Nicole Lundstrom (Rehoboth, Mass.) each tallied two hits in the loss.
Providence finishes the D9 Orange Blossom Tournament on Feb. 19 with a game against Bethune Cookman at 10 a.m.
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