Seahawks sweep Bison on Senior Day at Toppa

Seahawk seniors - Lexi Soucie, Kara O'Riley, Nikki Bukovsky, Kelsey Boarman - surrounded by their families and friends during pre-game ceremony.
Seahawk seniors - Lexi Soucie, Kara O'Riley, Nikki Bukovsky, Kelsey Boarman - surrounded by their families and friends during pre-game ceremony.
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SEAHAWK SOFTBALL RESULTS
[1] Salve Regina 7, Nichols 2
[2] Salve Regina 6, Nichols 2
Toppa Field - Newport, R.I.
Saturday, April 8, 2017

Summary
NEWPORT, R.I. - Salve Regina University softball honored its four seniors - Kelsey Boarman (No. Dighton, Mass.), Nikki Bukovsky (Westport, Conn.), Kara O'Riley (Acton, Mass.), and Lexi Soucie (No. Easton, Mass.) - before sweeping a Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) doubleheader with Nichols College (7-2 and 6-2) at Toppa Field.

Kristen Hickey (New Hyde Park, N.Y.) cracked two doubles and drove in a pair of runs in the opener behind the pitching of Boarman who scattered seven hits and allowed just two runs, improving her record to 6-3 on the season.

In the second game, Amanda Riley (Barrington, N.H.) went three-for-three with a solo homer, her second of the season, to support the five-hit pitching of freshman Kaleigh Dwyer (East Brunswick, N.J.) who improved to 2-4 on the season.

Series and Streaks
The Seahawks own a 35-17-1 mark in the all-time series which includes wins in the last seven meetings, 11 of the last 12, and 17 of the last 19.

Three Seahawk Stars of the Day

  1. Junior infielder Kristen Hickey (New Hyde Park, N.Y.) collected three hits and three RBI on the day including a pair of doubles in the opener. She added a sacrifice fly in game two.
  2. Sophomore infielder Amanda Riley (Barrington, N.H.) started as the designated player in game two and banged out three hits including her second home run of the season, a solo shot to center in the third.
  3. Junior infielder Francesca Galeazzi (Lynn, Mass.) reached base five times on three singles and two walks. She stole four bases and scored two runs.

Key Stat of the Day
Salve Regina stole a dozen bases in the sweep, six in each game.

Turning Points
On offense for 12 innings, Salve Regina scored in all but three frames on the day.

Quick Hits

  • Salve Regina has won 10 of its last 11 home games.
  • Riley's home run was the first Seahawk roundtripper at Toppa Field since Lexi Soucie hit a long ball in a 3-0 win over Endicott on April 16, 2016.
  • Kelsey Boarman had pitched 42 consecutive scoreless innings at Toppa before the Bison reached her for a run in the top of the fourth.
  • Kaleigh Dwyer has won both starts against CCC opponents and has allowed just one earned run in 13 innings in those outings.

Next Up
Salve Regina (9-8, 4-0 CCC) - Sunday, April 9 at Endicott [DH], 12 p.m.
Nichols (7-9, 1-5 CCC) - Sunday, April 9 vs. University of New England [DH], 12 p.m.