EASTON -- The Wheaton College softball team opened its season by posting an 11-1 mark during its annual spring break trip to Florida, including winning 10 consecutive games for the first time since 2003. They began their northern slate by narrowly dropping a pair of contests to nationally ranked United States Coast Guard Academy, 2-0 and 6-3, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference action.
The Lyons have 11 wins this season after posting 15 victories in the 2009 season.
The list of Wheaton's victories included: 4-2 over Fredonia State, 7-1 over Stevens Institute of Technology, 4-0 over the University of Scranton, 3-2 over Curry College, 3-1 over Amherst College, 11-1 over State University of New York, 1-0 over Worcester State, 14-0 over Macalester College, 2-1 over College of Brockport, 10-7 over Fitchburg State College, and 7-4 over The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.
One of the keys to the quick start has been the play of ex-Ayer High School star Katy Salka, who has enjoyed a productive start to the season.
In the victory over Fredonia State, the Lyons trailed 2-1 before putting together a decisive three-run rally in the sixth inning. Salka was 2-for-3 in the contest.
In the easy victory over State University of New York, the Lyons put the game on ice early by bunching all of their runs over the first three innings. Salka was a key to the win with two hits and two runs batted in.
Against Brockport, which had been undefeated through its first seven games, Salka and Nicole DeRosa smacked back-to-back singles in the bottom of the sixth to snap a scoreless tie.
The Lyons completed their Florida trip by downing Richard Stockton behind a strong offensive performance that included Salka going 2-for-2 with two runs batted in.