Softball falls twice, drops narrow 2-0 decision to Minot State in nightcap

CLERMONT, Fla. - During the third day of its Spring Break trip, the Saint Michael's College softball team lost its opener on Thursday to Limestone (S.C.) College, 15-1 in five innings, before falling just 2-0 in the nightcap to Minot (N.D.) State University at the National Training Center Spring Games. The Purple Knights are 1-5, Limestone moved to 10-14, and Minot State improved to 6-8.

In game one, sophomore Bethany Falls (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex) doubled and scored for the Purple Knights, being plated by junior Lindsay Houston's (Concord, N.H./Concord) sacrifice fly. Sophomores Greer Lemnah (Lyndon Center, Vt./Lyndon Institute) and Brittany Regis (Monroe, N.H./Saint Johnsbury Academy) also had hits, while junior Lauren Mercik (Suffield, Conn./Suffield) took the loss after allowing two earned runs in the opening 0.1 innings.

Junior Kirstyn Burleson (Candler, N.C./Enka) was 4-for-4 with three runs and three RBIs for Limestone, while senior Jordan Smith (Goose Creek, S.C./Stratford) finished 3-for-3 with four RBIs and three runs. Freshman Dallas Heaton (Asheboro, N.C./Eastern Randolph) tossed three innings of three-hit ball for the win.

The Saints plated seven runs on six hits and three errors in the opening frame and never looked back. Houston got the Purple Knights on the board in the following inning before Limestone scored the final eight runs.

During the second contest, junior Stephanie Frank (Essex, Vt./Essex) allowed just one earned run during a complete-game effort, as Minot State plated both of its runs on sac flies. Lemnah picked up a Saint Michael's hit.

Junior Katelyn Burns (Cypress, Calif./Cypress/College of the Desert) doubled and scored, while seniors Deanna Mitchell (Portage, Manitoba/Portage Collegiate Institute) and Kyla Thiesen (Brandon, Manitoba/Vincent Massey) drove in runs with the sacrifice flies. Junior Tiffany Friesen (Morden, Manitoba/Morden Collegiate/Jamestown) scored the winning run while tossing a one-hit shutout, striking out two.

The Beavers scored their runs on the second out of the second and fifth innings for the game's only scoring. The Purple Knights stranded runners at second and third in the third frame before Lemnah picked up their lone hit, a two-out single, in the sixth. During the final inning, Falls reached on a one-out error, but a ground-ball double play ended the game.

The Purple Knights conclude their Spring Break trip to Florida tomorrow by facing West Chester (Pa.) University at 9 a.m. and New York Institute of Technology at 11 a.m.