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QUINCY, Mass.- The Eastern Nazarene College softball team split a conference twinbill against the University of New England Monday in the first home games of the spring. The Lions fell 13-5 in six innings in game one before walking-off with a 5-3 victory in eight innings as Lauren Weidler (Lansdale, Pa.) belted her second home run of the contest.

The Lions move to 9-6 on the season and 1-3 in the Commonwealth Coast Conference with the results. The Nor’easters progress to 5-5 overall and 1-1 in league action with the outcomes.

Weidler paced the home side with three base hits, three runs scored, and three RBIs on the day. Lauren Clements (Garrison, Texas) and Viviana Coix (Warrenville, Ill.) each chipped in with a pair of hits and one RBI. Rachel Caswell (Utica, N.Y.) andEmily Gomez (Floral Park, N.Y.) both drove in two RBIs while adding a base knock and a run scored.

In game two, Eastern Nazarene captured its first conference win of the season in walk-off fashion as Weidler clobbered a two-run homer in the eighth inning.

The Lions opened the scoring with a run in the bottom of the first, 1-0, as Clements singled to left to plate Kayleen Garrick (Sparks, Nev.).

The Nor’easters jumped ahead 2-1 with a pair of scores in the fourth. Schoenbucher scurried home on a wild pitch before Gosper scored as Lauren Gerhard grounded out.

Eastern Nazarene knotted the game at 2-2 in the home half of the fourth inning. Weidler launched her first home run of the game, a lead-off solo shot to straight-away centerfield.

The University of New England reclaimed a one-run edge in the fifth, 3-2. Schoenbucher hoisted a sacrifice fly to center to knock in Alberghini from third.

The Lions pulled even with a run in the bottom of the fifth frame, 3-3. Kori Bow (Shaftsbury, Vt.) crossed the plate as Stanley pushed a sacrifice bunt back to the pitcher.

Eastern Nazarene tallied two runs in the eighth to clinch the 5-3 win. Weidler smashed her second home run of the contest, a two-run homer to left-centerfield to bring in Garrick.

Elisabeth Schaffer (Benton, Pa.) pitched a complete game and finished with nine strikeouts.

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