Softball Splits Florida Contests, Rathwell Blanks Minnesota Crookston

Softball Splits Florida Contests, Rathwell Blanks Minnesota Crookston

CLERMONT, Fla. - The Saint Michael's College softball team split a pair of contests on Sunday during The Spring Games at Legends Way, losing a five-inning affair to 2018 NCAA Super Regional finalist University of Minnesota Duluth, 15-0, before blanking the University of Minnesota Crookston, 3-0.

GAME 1
RECORDS

  • Saint Michael's (0-3), Minnesota Duluth (7-9)

SAINT MICHAEL'S LEADERS

  • Senior Fallon Tierney (Reading, Mass./Reading Memorial), 2-for-2
  • Senior Molly Feeney (Valhalla, N.Y./John F. Kennedy Catholic), 1 IP, 7 R

OPPONENT LEADERS

  • Junior Lauren Greeder, 2-for-2, 2 R, 2 RBIs, 2B
  • Sophomore Taylor Koehnen, 2-for-5, R, 3 RBIs, 2B
  • First-year Sam Pederson, 2-for-4, 3 R, RBI; 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, Win
  • Senior Sammi Sadler, 2-for-2, 2 R, 2 RBIs, BB, 2B; 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 2 K

GAME FACTS

  • The teams' first meeting since 2015.
  • Minnesota Duluth was a 2018 NCAA Super Regional finalist

THE ACTION

  • The Bulldogs scored seven runs on six hits in the top of the first inning, as seven different batters provided one RBI.
  • Three more Minnesota Duluth runs came home in the third, with two unearned.
  • Koehnen's two-run single keyed a five-run fourth inning.
  • The Purple Knights loaded the bases in the home half but were held off the board. Junior Torie Rathwell (Guilderland, N.Y./Guilderland) walked with one down before Tierney singled, and first-year Chrissy MacLeod (Belmont, Mass./Belmont) walked with two out in her first collegiate plate appearance to jam the bags. However, Sadler induced an inning-ending fielder's choice grounder.

GAME 2
RECORDS

  • Saint Michael's (1-3), Minnesota Crookston (7-11)

SAINT MICHAEL'S LEADERS

  • Rathwell, 4-for-4, R, RBI, 2 2B; 7 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 4 K
  • First-year Leigh Brandenburg (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury), 2-for-3, R, RBI, 3B
  • First-year Courtney Norton (Georgetown, Mass./Bishop Fenwick), 0-for-1, R, 2 BB
  • Junior Danielle Markowski (Ellington, Conn./Ellington), 1-for-3, RBI, BB, 2B

OPPONENT LEADERS

  • Sophomore Jordan Peterson, 2-for-3, 2B
  • Senior Maggie Morales, 2-for-3
  • Senior Mikayla Jones, 2.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, Loss

GAME FACTS

  • The teams' first meeting since 2014.
  • First-year head coach Nick Goodreau earned the first victory of his career.
  • Rathwell's third career shutout, and her second career four-hit game.
  • Rathwell moved into a tie for seventh in program history in career doubles (21), matching Noelle Gill '05 and Kelly Rose Losi '11.
  • Brandenburg picked up the first hits of her college career.
  • Four of the Purple Knights' eight hits went for extra bases.
  • All of the Saint Michael's runs came with two down in an inning.

THE ACTION

  • Rathwell singled with one down in the top of the first inning before Markowski followed with a walk, but Jones got a double-play grounder to escape the jam.
  • Rathwell pitched around a one-out double in the second, when two Golden Eagles reached scoring position with two down.
  • With Brandenburg on first with two out in the third, Rathwell and Markowski rapped consecutive RBI doubles to break the scoreless deadlock.
  • During a 16-batter span between the second and sixth innings, Rathwell allowed only three batters to reach base.
  • Norton drew a two-out walk in the sixth before coming home on Brandenburg's triple to right center.
  • In a 3-0 game, Peterson and Morales led off the home half of the seventh with back-to-back singles, bringing the tying run to the plate. Rathwell retired the next two batters before a walk allowed the winning run to bat with the bases loaded, but Rathwell got the final Golden Eagle to fly to center field.

NEXT SAINT MICHAEL'S GAME

  • Tuesday vs. Florida Southern College (12 p.m.) and New York Institute of Technology (2:15 p.m.) in Clermont, Fla.