By Michael Otero
Coming off two convincing victories against Dominican College, the No. 11 ranked LIU Post softball team fell to Caldwell College by a score of 10-5 and was defeated by Saint Leo 14-1 on Saturday, March 14, in their final games in Sunshine State, Fla.
In their first game against Caldwell, the Pioneer offense got going early and was able to score runs in the first inning. After an RBI fielder’s choice, senior catcher Aly Dzierzynski doubled to score sophomore outfielder Mackenzie Buckley. Later in the inning, sophomore first baseman Kayla McCoy ripped a single through the left side to plate another run for the Green and Gold. The lead increased to 5-0 by the end of the inning thanks to junior catcher Paige Swantek and sophomore infielder Melissa Peet.
The Cougars from Caldwell held tough though. They did not allow another run and they got on the board in the bottom of the fourth inning. A two-RBI single and a two-RBI double quickly put the Cougars within one. Two more singles ended the latter half of the inning and the Cougars held a 7-5 advantage. A home run by freshman third baseman Marisa Monasseri helped secure the 10-5 victory.
In the second game, the Lions from Saint Leo grabbed the early lead in the first inning and increased it in the second inning, 2-0. The Pioneers cut it in half when senior outfielder Catherine Havens doubled in a run in the top of the third. After the Pioneers cut the deficit to one run, the Lions exploded in the bottom of the fourth inning for 12 runs. Their double-digit run output put all hopes of a Pioneer comeback to sleep.
While at the St. Leo Invite in Florida, the Pioneers went 3-5 overall. Due to unpredictable weather, LIU Post’s home opener against Le Moyne College has been cancelled. The Pioneers return to action tomorrow, March 20, facing Southern Connecticut State in New Haven, Conn. First pitch is slated for 1:30 p.m.