Softball Opens NE10 Play with 6-3 Loss to 2018 National Runner-up Saint Anselm

Softball Opens NE10 Play with 6-3 Loss to 2018 National Runner-up Saint Anselm

MANCHESTER, N.H. - The Saint Michael's College softball team rallied within one run of defending national runner-up Saint Anselm College by the fifth inning before losing a 6-3 decision on Friday afternoon at the South Athletic Fields. The contest was the first of the Purple Knights' four Northeast-10 Conference contests this weekend, as both teams began league play with the game.

RECORDS

  • Saint Michael's (1-10, 0-1 NE10), Saint Anselm (13-6, 1-0 NE10)

SAINT MICHAEL'S LEADERS

OPPONENT LEADERS

  • Junior Erin Thompson, 2-for-2, 2 R, RBI, 2 BB, HR
  • First-year Bailey Cain, 2-for-3, R, 2 RBIs, HR
  • Sophomore Maddison Leite, 2-for-4, R, 2B
  • Sophomore Lauren Washburn, 2-for-4, RBI
  • Sophomore Kat Stackrow, 2-for-4
  • First-year Kylie Fitzpatrick, 1-for-2, R, RBI
  • Junior Morgan Perry, 4.2 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, Win
  • Sophomore Courtney Fisher, 0.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K
  • First-year McKenna Smith, 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, Save

GAME FACTS

  • Saint Anselm had not played since March 9, while the Purple Knights hit the field for the first time since last Friday.
  • The Hawks have been tough to beat at home, moving to 28-2 there since 2017 while winning 18 of their last 19 games in the north.
  • Tierney picked up career hits No. 98 and 99; only 11 Purple Knights have 100 for a career.
  • Rathwell rapped her 22nd career double, moving into a four-way tie for fourth in program annals with Casey Brooks '07, Sarah Murray '15 and Danielle DelGreco '16.
  • Saint Michael's was only outhit 12-9.

THE ACTION

  • Rathwell was left on after a two-out double in the first inning.
  • Markowski singled leading off the second but moved no further.
  • The Hawks scored four runs on five hits in the home half. Thompson led off with a home run, Leite doubled and scored on Fitzpatrick's single, and Cain capped the frame with a two-run homer.
  • Rathwell pitched out of a two-on, none-out situation unscathed in the third.
  • Apkarian singled down the right field line to plate Tierney with two out in the fourth.
  • Rathwell again stranded a pair of Saint Anselm runners in the bottom half.
  • The Purple Knights crept within 4-3 thanks to a pair of two-out runs in the fifth, as Brandenburg scored on a wild pitch before Tierney pushed home Rathwell with a double.
  • Junior Shannon Colson walked with the bases loaded and two down in the home portion of the frame to make it 5-3, but Rathwell induced a fly ball to end the threat.
  • Welling and Apkarian singled to begin the sixth and Brandenburg walked to load the bases with one out, but Smith came out of the bullpen to record a strikeout before getting the final batter to pop out in foul territory.
  • Washburn added an insurance run with an RBI single in the bottom half, and Smith fanned the side in the seventh to clinch the victory.

NEXT SAINT MICHAEL'S GAME

  • Saturday at Merrimack College, 12 p.m. doubleheader.
  • Opener of three-game weekend series.
  • The Warriors qualified for the last two NCAA Tournaments.