Finlandia stands as the lone undefeated team after the first day of the ACAA Softball Tournament. The Lions will face the winner of the SUNY Canton vs. UMaine-Presque Isle game (10 a.m. ET) for the championship at Noon ET tomorrow (Sunday). SUNY Delhi was eliminated in competition on Saturday.
It wasn't easy for the #1-seeded Lions as #4-seeded SUNY Delhi forced Finlandia to play all seven innings in a 10-4 win to start the day. The Lions also ended the day with a 11-9 come-from-behind victory in a game that saw the lead go back and forth nearly every inning.
Here is a look at the game recaps:
Game 1 - Finlandia 10, SUNY Delhi 4 - Box Score
The Finlandia University softball team\was firing on all cylinders in a 10-4 win over SUNY-Delhi Saturday morning at the ACAA Championships.
In the bottom of the second, Finlandia had sophomore Makenna Gorham at third and freshman Maegan Kraft at third with two outs. Sophomore Mary Pratt singled to clear the bases and make it 2-0.
In the bottom of the third, freshman Cassandra Lopez singled and stole second. Sophomore Denia Bent doubled to push her across the plate.
Sophomore Emily Nguyen singled to move Bent to third; Nguyen then stole second. Singles from sophomore Kassandra Avila and Kraft scored Bent and Nguyen.
In the fourth inning, SUNY-Delhi showed signs of life by scoring three runs. The Lions responded in the bottom half.
Nguyen doubled to score Bent. After moving to third on a throw home, Nguyen would come home on a single from Avila. FinnU scored three runs in the fifth to seal the game.
For Finlandia, Avila led a balanced attack with three hits and drove in four runs. Five other Lions had two hits each. Bent gave up seven hits, four runs, two earned, walked one and struck out eight in seven innings.
For SUNY-Delhi, Emily Clapper and Samantha Mendelsohn had two hits each. Jenna Lutz gave up eight hits, five runs and walked two in two innings.
Game 2 – SUNY Canton 7, UMaine-Presque Isle 5 - Box Score
The Roos scored two runs each in the sixth and seventh innings to secure a 7-5 win over the Owls in the opener. Jaedyn Ossont homered and drove in a pair of runs, Courtney Hyland hit a triple off the top of the center field wall and Valerie Clark posted 3 RBI for the Roos. Raechel Yost, Hyland and Clark all finished with two hits each, while Brittany Miner finished with another RBI.
Trailing 5-3 heading to the sixth inning, Clark doubled to left center to score Hyland and Clark later scored on an RBI ground out. The Roos added two crucial insurance runs in the seventh on Ossont's first homer of the season.
Nicole Woodward earned the win striking out eight batters giving up five earned runs in the complete game win. Sara Packard took the loss surrendering four earned on eight hits in 6.1 innings.
Jordi Legassie and Packard paced the Owl bats with two hits each.
Game 3 - UMaine-Presque Isle 4, SUNY Delhi 0 - Box Score
The Owls were led by the Melanee Terry and Jackie Peers with two hits each while Alexis Allcock entered the game and hit a critical two-RBI hit. UMPI scored single runs in the first and third innings before the two-RBI hit of Allcock.
SUNY Delhi got a consisent effort from five players that each collected singles.
Sara Packard got the win for UMPI going the distance only allowing the five singles while striking out four batters. Jenna Lutz walked two and struck out two in the losing effort. Only one of the four runs allowed was earned.
Game 4 - Finlandia 11, SUNY Canton 9 – Box Score
SUNY Canton scored one run in the first and added five in the second inning to open up a 6-3 advantage after two innings. The Roos had five hits and two walks in the second inning. The Lions responded with three runs on six hits in the third to knot the game at six apiece.
The Roos plated three runs in the fourth on a 2 RBI single from Stefanie Miller and Clark scored on a wild pitch to make it 9-6 in favor of the hosts.
Finlandia scored five runs on five hits in the bottom of the sixth to regain an 11-9 advantage in the back-and-forth battle and earn the 11-9 victory.
Miller led the Roos going 3-for-4 with 3 RBI, while Yost, Ossont, Hyland and Brittany Staltare all had two hits apiece. Ossont also drove in a pair of runs.
Nicole Woodward took the loss striking out six batters but giving up 10 earned runs in six innings. Denia Bent earned the win throwing four scoreless innings with three strike outs while giving up just three hits.
Special Thanks to Nate Hart, Daniel Graham and Mike Bond for their assistance with this release.