COCOA BEACH, Fla. - The Finlandia softball Lions came within a game of the .500 mark on a recently-concluded Spring Break trip to Florida.
The Lions went 6-7, including 2-2 against potential Great South Athletic Conference tournament opponents.
Alexis Lawley and Breanna Hynes had two hits apiece in a 7-0 loss to Widener March 4, but the Lions recovered to beat St. Mary's (Minn.) 9-5 later that day. Hynes had two hits and three RBIs in that game, while, Adrianna Osuna had two hits and two RBIs. Miranda Brewer earned the win, allowing four earned runs on 12 hits with seven walks and three strikeouts.
The next day, Lawley's RBI single drove in the only run in a 1-0 win over Aurora. Lawley had three of Finlandia's five hits. Brewer allowed only three hits and two walks and struck out eight.
Muhlenberg came from behind to beat the Lions 8-3 in the second game that day. Alyson Herman had a pair of hits, while both Lawley and Osuna hit solo homers.
Trine beat Finlandia 12-4 on March 6. Hynes had a double, a homer and drove in three runs.
March 7, Finlandia split a doubleheader with Concordia Chicago, losing the opener 5-1 despite 11 hits (four from Lawley and three from Hynes) and winning game two 6-5. Lawley went 3-for-4 with an RBI and scored three times, while Herman, Hillary Brewer and Amanda Youker all had two hits apiece.
After a day off, Finlandia topped Transylvania 6-4 with help of a game-winning two-run homer from Lawley in the sixth, one of her four hits. Osuna had three singles.
The second game was an 11-2 loss to Monmouth College in which India Slayback had a pair of hits.
Finlandia swept a March 10 doubleheader from GSAC opponent Wesleyan, 8-1 and 9-1. In the opener, Lawley had three hits and both Slayback and Herman had two, while Miranda Brewer scattered 10 hits, allowing one run and striking out five.
The Lions rapped out 16 hits in game two, with Ayla Sulley recording four and five others two apiece.
The trip concluded with 5-1 and 9-4 losses to Agnes Scott. In the first game, Hynes' RBI single in the fourth inning was one of just four hits (two from Lawley), and in game two Lawley homered and had a two-RBI single, while Hynes and MJ Huffman had two hits apiece.
Finlandia (9-10) will participate in four games over two days at an indoor facility in West St. Paul, Minn., Tuesday and Wednesday.