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Mertens Tosses No-Hitter in Game One of FLCC Sweep over Clinton

Mertens Tosses No-Hitter in Game One of FLCC Sweep over Clinton

CANANDAIGUA – Finger Lakes CC picked up a sweep this afternoon, as it took down Clinton CC in a pair of home contests by the scores of 8-0 and 10-3. Rachel Mertens kick started the two-win day for the Lady Lakers by launching a no-hitter on the mound. Her stellar outing was followed by Elaina Evinsky's superb game two pitching display.

Finger Lakes not only received solid pitching on Sunday, however, it also saw a great deal of hitting out of its offense.

With the sweep, Finger Lakes improved its record to 5-11. Clinton dropped to 0-8 with the losses.

The eight runs supplied to Mertens in game one of the doubleheader equaled plenty of run support for the freshman hurler. In what turned out to be a five-inning game, the flamethrower compiled six strikeouts against no walks. She allowed just one base runner, which came as the result of an error. The win moved Mertens record to 2-1 on the season.

In the opener, the Lady Lakers produced six hits. Mertens helped her own cause by going 2 for 3 with a pair of RBI's from the plate. Her two hits were both triples. First baseman Katie Plummer joined Mertens in the two-hit column for Finger Lakes as she too went 2 for 3 with her stick. In addition, the Hilton, NY native crossed the plate twice. 

Contributing one hit apiece for the Lady Lakers were Evinsky and Andrea Davis. Davis supplied a pair of RBI's to go along with her hit while Evinsky joined Plummer in the two runs scored department. 

After winning the first game, Finger Lakes continued to play some inspired softball in the finale. Evinsky led the way on the hill as she posted a quality start by striking out nine over six innings worth of work. Picking up her third win of the season, the freshman, who is now 3-2, allowed just three walks and two earned runs while scattering three hits.

The Lady Lakers did an excellent job of backing Evinsky in game two. They put together a 14-hit effort, which was led by Tamara Robertson's 4 for 4 showing. Robertson was one of five Lady Lakers who recorded two or more hits in the nightcap.

Leadoff hitter Courtney Edger went 3 for 3 with three runs scored while two-hitter Mertens also punched in a 3 for 4 performance. Following the three-hit games of Edger and Mertens in the hitting column were Samantha German and Plummer. Both players picked up two hits apiece in the hitting attack.

One of German's two hits traveled over the fence as she slugged a three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth. With German's long ball, she now stands tied for fifth in the nation with her four homers.

With Sunday's sweep, Finger Lakes now stands at 3-3 on its own grass this season. The Lady Lakers will play next on Tuesday as they are scheduled to host Niagara County CC at home in an afternoon doubleheader. First pitch is set for 3 pm.

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