Cantore homers, Purple Knights swept in NE-10 doubleheader at Pace

BRIARCLIFF, N.Y. - The Saint Michael's College softball team began a weekend road trip to the New York City area with a pair of losses to Pace University, 3-0 and 9-1 in five innings, on Saturday at Pace Field. The Purple Knights are now 5-23 overall and 3-17 in the Northeast-10 Conference, while the Setters moved to 24-14 and 11-11.

Sophomore Bethany Falls (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex) went 2-for-3 for the Purple Knights, while junior Stephanie Frank (Essex, Vt./Essex) took the loss, yielding two earned runs on five hits. She struck out three and walked one.

Pace scored all three of its runs with two outs. Freshmen Jeane Drury (Flanders, N.J./Morris Catholic) and Hana Wright (Hillsboro, Ore./Valley Catholic) each doubled and had an RBI for the Setters, while classmate Caitlin McCann (San Mateo, Calif./Notre Dame) tossed a five-hit shutout. She struck out four and walked one.

Pace scored an unearned run in the first inning on a two-out error, and the Purple Knights challenged to tie the game in the next frame, with Frank singling and stealing second with no one down but being left on base. Saint Michael's stranded two more in the third before Drury poked a two-out RBI double in the home half.

Falls' one-out single in the sixth inning twice brought the tying run to the plate for the visitors during a scoreless frame, and Wright doubled in another two-out run in the bottom portion. Purple Knight junior Lindsay Houston (Concord, N.H./Concord) walked leading off the seventh before a pair of fielder's choices and a strikeout ended the contest.

Junior Brittany Cantore (Saint Johnsbury, Vt./Saint Johnsbury Academy) homered for the visitors in game two, while classmate Carleen McLaughlin (Branford, Conn./Branford) and freshman Sarah Murray (Wallingford, Conn./Sheehan) also picked up hits. Sophomore Laura McCormack (Natick, Mass./Natick) took the loss.

The hosts scored six more runs with two down in the second contest. Wright was 2-for-3 with three RBIs, and freshman Natalie Gellos (Seattle, Wash./Holy Names Academy) was 3-for-3 with two RBIs. Junior Chelsea Shea (Babylon, N.Y./West Babylon) earned the win, yielding one run on three hits in four innings.

The Setters scored six runs on eight hits - seven with two out - during the first inning of the nightcap to quickly pull away. Cantore drilled her second home run of the season in the second to cut into the Purple Knights' deficit, but Pace scored three more times in the fourth. Wright's two-run single was the big hit of the inning.

The Purple Knights remain in New York tomorrow to take on Adelphi University in a 12 p.m. doubleheader.