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Lady Knights drop three in Pennsylvania


the CCRI Lady Knights softball team traveled to Mercyhurst North East in North East, PA and were scheduled to play seven games but due to weather only got three of them in.  Making matters worse the Lady Knights did not play their best softball and came away from the weekend 0-3 to drop their overall record to 19-7 on the season.
The Lady Knights fell 7-4 to Lakeland Community College from Kirtland, OH in the first game.  In the second game they faced No. 7 ranked (NJCAA DII poll) Owens community College from Toledo, OH and lost 10- in six innings by the mercy rule and capped the day with a 10-1 loss to No. 17 ranked Mercyhurst North East from North East, PA 10-1 in four and a half innings.  The Lady Knights had leads in all three games but were victimized by one really bad inning in each game that cost them.  Head Coach Liz Afonso commented “I do not think we were overmatched and thought we had the talent to win each game.  However, when you play softball at the collegiate level you must execute and minimize your mistakes especially with good teams like we played this weekend”       
Game 1: CCRI-4 Lakeland Community College- 7    
On the mound for the Lady Knights Tri-Captain Devin Azulay (Attleboro, MA) took the loss throwing seven innings allowing seven runs, five earned on 10 hits, walking two and striking out three.  At the plate Azulay contributed a double, an RBI and a run scored.
Other offensive contributors included Izzy MarcAurele (Cranston, RI) with two hits a double and a triple with an RBI and a run scored and Michelle Sylvestre (Warwick, RI) added two hits with a double, a walk and a run scored.  Rounding out the CCRI offense was Kayla Matarese (Cranston, RI) with a double an RBI and a run scored and Kate Carroll (Coventry, RI) added a hit and a stolen base.
Game 2 CCRI-1 No.7 ranked Owens Community College-10 Mercy rule six innings
On the mound for the Lady Knights Michelle Sylvestre  took her foist loss of the season throwing six innings allowing 10 runs, but only four were earned, on 12 hits, walking two and striking out one.  In addition, Sylvestre got little runs support to drop her season record to 6-1 on the season.
A the plate Devin Azulay was the only Lady Knight to chart more than one hit going 2-3 with a double and an RBI.  Kate Fowler (Warwick, RI) added a double a walk and a stolen base while Izzy MarcAurele added a hit and a walk.
Game 3: CCRI 1 Mercyhurst North East- 10 four and half innings by mercy rule
On the mound for the Lady Knights Kayla Matarese took the loss throwing four innings allowing 10 runs, seven earned on nine hits while striking out five Mercyhurst batters. At the plate Matarese contributed a double.
Once again CCRI did not do much offensively though Kate Carroll did have two doubles that was the highlight.  Ashley Olson (Coventry, RI) had a hit with a run scored, Sarah Siconio (Warwick, RI) had a double and an RBI and Izzy MarcAurele added a double.           
The Next games for the Lady Knights will be Wednesday when they travel to Franklin, MA to play Region XXI rival Dean College for a doubleheader beginning at 3:00pm.

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