Lowrey Fires Perfect Game in Split With AIC

Worcester, Mass. (April 17) -- Senior pitcher Jennifer Lowrey (Assonet, Mass./Apponequet) threw just the fourth perfect game in Assumption softball history as the Hounds earned a split with visiting American International on Tuesday afternoon at Marois Field. In the 5-0 game one win, Lowrey struck out 12 Yellow Jackets en route to the win. Assumption fell by a 10-7 final in eight innings in game two.

In the opener, freshman Jess DiPilato (Worcester, Mass./Holy Name) laced a two-out, two-RBI double to right to open the scoring, followed by an RBI single up the middle by senior Marissa Palumbo (Worcester, Mass./Holy Name). DiPilato added an RBI double in the third to drive in Melissa Jalbert (Gardner, Mass./Gardner) with the game's third run, followed by a DiPilato solo homer to left in the sixth to complete the scoring.

DiPilato finished the game 3-for-3 with two runs scored and four runs batted in, while Lowrey improves to 13-6 overall with the victory. The perfect game was the first for Assumption since the 2000 season.

Kristen Dolan took the loss for the Yellow Jackets, giving up four earned runs in four innings to drop to 7-11.

In the second game, the Yellow Jackets took advantage of three first-inning errors by the Hounds and grabbed a 3-0 advantage after a half inning. The score remained that way until the bottom of the fifth, when the Hounds broke thru with a seven-run inning and a 7-3 advantage. Assumption capitalized on five AIC walks and an error, along with five hits, to regain the edge. Leading the offense in the inning was junior Lauren Medeiros (Seekonk, Mass./Seekonk) as she had an RBI double thru the right side.

AIC tied the game in the seventh with four runs, sending the game into extra innings. In the seventh, the first three Yellow Jackets reached to close the gap to 7-5 and chasing Assumption starter Jenn Lattal (Windsor, Conn./Windsor). Senior Chelsea Durso (Salem, N.H./Salem) came in to relieve Lattal and the Yellow Jackets tied the game on a two-RBI double down the right field line from Erin St. Pierre.

In the eighth, a Sarah Calgreen double to left center keyed a four-hit, three-run inning that earned the Yellow Jackets the split. Dolan came on in relief of Bethany Grimes to pick up the win after Grimes registered just one out with seven runs, including five earned.

Durso took the loss for the Hounds, falling to 6-3. Dolan improved to 8-11 with the victory. Medeiros and Caitlin Clary (Belmont, N.H./Belmont) were the lone Assumption players in game two with multi-hit performances.

With the split, Assumption now sits at 26-13 overall and 19-7 in the Northeast-10, while AIC is now 15-23 overall and 11-15 in the league.

Assumption closes out the 2012 regular season over the weekend, traveling to UMass Lowell and Merrimack for a pair of doubleheaders.