BROOKHAVEN, N.Y. (Mar. 20, 2012) - On Tuesday afternoon, the Mercy College softball team was swept in an East Coast Conference twinbill by league-foe Dowling College, 4-1 and 5-1. With the wins, the Golden Lions improved to 7-6 overall and 2-0 in the conference. Following the defeats, the Mavericks slipped to 8-7 overall and 0-2 in the ECC.
Game One: Dowling 4, Mercy 1
Dowling plated runs in three of the first four innings off Mercy starter Mary Sieber (Massapequa Park, N.Y.). The Mavericks answered back with a run in the top of the fifth when sophomore Brittany Serrao (Lake Hiawatha, N.J.) drove home freshman second baseman Shannon Forbes (Nesconset, N.Y.) with a sacrifice fly to centerfield. The Golden Lions held a 4-1 lead at that point and that ended up being the final.
Coming out of the bullpen, rookie Bryanna Kopczynski (Smyrna, Tenn.) held the opposition to just one hit over 2.1 innings. The Tennessee native whiffed three.
For Dowling, senior Jessie Stavola (Montauk, N.Y.) pitched the whole game and surrended one run on four hits. She struck out nine.
Game Two: Dowling 5, Mercy 1
Down 1-0 in the top of the third frame, recently-named ECC Rookie of the Week Jackie Couillard (Wolcott, Conn.) tied the game with an RBI single to plate Forbes. In the bottom half of the inning, however, sophomore starter Alexandra Puglisi (Shelton, Conn.) struggled and a Dowling two-run triple gave the Golden Lions some breathing room.
For Mercy, senior centerfielder Jenna Ausiello (Petaluma, Calif.) went a perfect 3-for-3 off Stavola with a walk. In relief, Sieber and Kopczynski combined to pitch 3.2 innings, allowing just one run on five hits (striking out two).
For Dowling, Stavola took the circle again and earned her second win of the day. Rookie Jamie Laird (East Meadow, N.Y.) was 3-for-3 at the plate with a run scored and RBI. Senior Deana Tortorici (Levittown, N.Y.) ended up with three RBI.
Head Coach Mike Fazio and the Mavericks return to action tomorrow when they play a doubleheader at Post University. Game time is set for 3:00 p.m.