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Seton Keough pitcher Kelly Lynch talks about her team's win over rival Mount de Sales on Wednesday, April 1.

Senior pitcher Kelly Lynch allowed no earned runs for the fourth consecutive games as No. 3 ranked Seton Keough stopped No. 12 Mount de Sales, 5-1, in Interscholastic Atheletic Association A Conference softball action Wednesday afternoon.

Lynch, who will play at Catholic University next year, had shutouts in her previous three starts for the unbeaten Gators (4-0).

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She struck out 10 and allowed four hits and one unearned run.

Sophomore Imani Dawson blasted a two-run homer in the first inning and Amber Cosgrove (3-for-3) belted a solo blast in the sixth.

Stefani Senkus scored the only run for the visiting Sailors (4-1) whose hits came from Senkus, Abby Zalucki, Kellie Schinzel and Taylor Forgen.

The game was a rematch of the IAAM championship game also won by Seton Keough with Lynch on the mound and she was pumped to beat the rivals again.

"We always know with Mount de Sales it's going to be a really tough game and it feels really good to beat them any time we play," Lynch said.

Dawson's blast came after Lynch (2-for-3) started the bottom of the first with a single.

After the homer, Cosgrove blooped a double to right and Jillian Boyd knocked her in.

"That was a really great confidence boost. I felt more relaxed than I thought I would going into it after those three runs," Lynch said.

Boyd was brought up from junior varsity last season and contributed in the end.

"She had bases loaded double last year in the championship game and this year she has gotten better every game," Seton Keough coach Chuck Snee said. "She works the counts now and she has cut down on her strikeouts."

Boyd added an RBI single in the second inning and Cosgrove's homer to dead center in the sixth capped the scoring.

"We didn't make any errors on the field," Mount de Sales coach Pete Waskiewicz said. "They hit the ball."

Box score

Mount de Sales 0-0-0-1-0-0-0=1

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Seton Keough 3-1-0-0-0-1=5

WP Lynch

LP Fitzsimmons

HR SK Dawson, Cosgrove, 2B SK Cosgrove.

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