Game 1 Score: Eastern Nazarene 1, Dean College 0
Game 2 Score: Eastern Nazarene 12, Dean College 3
Records: Eastern Nazarene (16-10, 6-1 NECC), Dean College (8-19, 3-5 NECC)
Location: Grant Field, Franklin, Mass.
Date: Saturday, April 13, 2019
Time: 2:00 PM
In a doubleheader that was moved because of unplayable field conditions, Eastern Nazarene pitcher Elisabeth Schaeffer dominated in the circle racking up a combined 25 strikeouts as the Lions swept a New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) softball twinbill from Dean College on Saturday afternoon.
Game 1: Eastern Nazarene 1, Dean College 0
Schaeffer outdueled Bulldog starter Shelby Smith (Southwick, Mass.) by recording 14 strikeouts enroute to a series opening victory.
The game featured just a combined four hits as each pitcher found their groove early on. Schaeffer retired the first ten batters she faced until Smith hit a blooper over the second baseman with one out in the fourth. Smith, meanwhile, sat down the final ten batters she faced and the only run that came across the plate was an unearned one.
After Rebecca Ashman reached base on a two out fielding error in the third, Dominique Santos doubled to right center sending Ashman home with the game's lone run.
Dean actually got a runner on in the seventh when Karissa Menzinger (Centereach, N.Y.) reached on an infield hit with two outs but Schaeffer was able to strikeout the final batter to earn the shutout win.
Game 2: Eastern Nazarene 12, Dean College 3
Kori Bow hit a walk-off, two-run homerun in the bottom of the sixth and the Lions used a pair of big innings to top Dean, 12-3, and take the nightcap of an NECC twinbill on Saturday.
The Bulldogs actually held a 2-0 lead after Menzinger blasted a two-run homerun in the top of the first that hit the top of the fence and bounced over for her second career homerun.
After ENC tied the game with single runs in the first and second, Ashman hit what could be considered the biggest hit of the day – a grand slam to dead center field in the bottom of the third.
Down 6-2, the Bulldogs did get another run in the fifth on an Ali Nelson (Candia, N.H.) solo blast to left. The Lions answered back when Lauren Clements hit a solo shot of her own in the fifth as part of a four-run fifth that set the stage for Bow's game-winning blast in the sixth.
Dean is back in action on Sunday when they host Becker College at 12:00 PM on Senior Day.