WEST HAVEN, Conn. - The Saint Michael's College softball team dropped a pair of contests on Saturday at 2011 NCAA Tournament qualifier University of New Haven, 9-1 in six innings and 11-0 in five, at UNH's softball field. The Purple Knights slipped to 3-13 overall and 1-7 in the Northeast-10 Conference, while the Chargers are 13-11 and 5-5.
Junior Stephanie Frank (Essex, Vt./Essex) ripped an RBI double in the opener while suffering the loss, allowing eight runs, but only one earned, in four innings. She struck out four. Freshman Sarah Murray (Wallingford, Conn./Sheehan) was hit by a pitch in a return to her home state and scored the Purple Knights' run.
Freshman Jess Spivey (Holland, Pa./Council Rock) was 2-for-4 with three RBIs and a double for New Haven, while senior Shannon Angehr (Levittown, N.Y./Division Avenue) had two hits and two RBIs. Sophomore Kelsey Malloy (Clarksburg, Mass./Drury) tossed the one-hit shutout, striking out six and walking no one in six innings.
Frank didn't allow a hit during her first trip through the Chargers' order, but the hosts broke through on Angehr's one-out RBI single in the third. Seven runs - all unearned - came home on three hits and three errors the following inning, with Spivey knocking a three-run double and Angehr adding an RBI single.
In the fifth, Murray was plunked to lead off the inning and moved to second on a wild pitch before Frank's double to center field brought her battery mate around to score. However, five of the final six Purple Knights were set down, and New Haven plated its ninth run on a sixth-inning groundout, bringing the eight-run rule into effect.
Sophomore Greer Lemnah (Lyndon Center, Vt./Lyndon Institute) walked during the second contest as the lone base runner for the Purple Knights, and classmate Laura McCormack (Natick, Mass./Natick) yielded four earned runs while getting saddled with the loss.
Junior Alana Wesche (Oxford, Conn./Naugatuck) tossed the nine-strikeout, five-inning no-hitter, being backed by an offense that scored 11 runs on 10 hits. Sophomore Lindsey Couturier (Dighton, Mass./Dighton-Rehoboth Regional) was 3-for-3 with two RBIs and two doubles, while freshman Sadie Redman (Bangor, Maine/Bangor) homered, scoring twice and driving in three.
Lemnah walked with one down in the first inning, but Wesche retired the final 14 Purple Knights. The Chargers plated the winning run on a wild pitch in the home half before Couturier singled in another run, and McCormack set the side down in order during the second prior to Redman hitting a two-out, three-run home run in the third. Six more runs came around on five hits and an error in the fourth.
The Purple Knights remain in the New Haven area to take on nationally-ranked Southern Connecticut State University tomorrow in a doubleheader slated to begin at 10 a.m. The Owls stand 22nd in this week's National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) poll and qualified for last year's NCAA Tournament.