Purple Knights stay close with NE-10 power Adelphi in opener during doubleheader losses

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. - The Saint Michael's College softball team stayed close during its opener on Sunday with Adelphi University, which is tied for second in the Northeast-10 Conference, before dropping a pair of decisions, 3-0 and 8-1, at Ficke Field. The Purple Knights moved to 5-25 overall and 3-19 in the league, while the Panthers are 28-15-1 and 18-6.

Sophomore Greer Lemnah (Lyndon Center, Vt./Lyndon Institute) singled for visitors in the opener, while junior Stephanie Frank (Essex, Vt./Essex) was hit by a pitch and stole a base. She also allowed two earned runs in six innings and suffered the setback.

Juniors Emily Dorko (Matamoras, Pa./Delaware Valley) and Meghan Heiser (Sacramento, Calif./Saint Francis College Prep) each had two hits for Adelphi, while senior Devon Kelly (Baldwin, N.Y./Baldwin) allowed one hit in five innings en route to the win. Sophomore Katie Andrews (Dothan, Ala./Dothan) tossed two perfect innings for the save.

Lemnah singled with one down in the third before the Purple Knights left a runner stranded, and the Panthers scored the only run they needed during the home half. Dorko beat out a two-out infield single and came all the way around to score on an ensuing infield error on the play. Two more runs scored in the fourth on back-to-back RBI singles.

Saint Michael's brought the tying run to the plate three times in the fifth, as Frank got plunked leading off, stole second, and junior Lindsay Houston (Concord, N.H./Concord) immediately followed by reaching on a fielder's choice. However, Kelly induced a groundout and a pair of infield pop-ups to end the threat.

Houston was 2-for-2 with a walk in game two, while Frank had a hit and a base on balls. Junior Lauren Mercik (Suffield, Conn./Suffield) took the loss, while sophomore Bethany Falls (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex) allowed one run in 4.1 innings of relief.

Junior Amy Ogden (Waterford, Conn./Waterford) was 2-for-2 with two RBIs for the hosts, and senior Amanda Krier (Coeur d'Alene, Idaho/Lake City) drove in three runs. Andrews yielded three hits in 4.2 shutout innings for the win.

Sophomore Amanda Brigante (Colchester, Vt./Colchester) led off the game with a single for Saint Michael's during a scoreless first, and Dorko scored an unearned run in the home half before seven runs came in on six hits the following inning. Krier's three-run triple and Ogden's two-run single were the big blows.

Lemnah's groundout plated Houston in the fourth before Frank and Houston smacked consecutive RBI singles in the fifth, but the Purple Knights left five on base between the third and fifth innings, threatening no further.

Saint Michael's heads to Saint Anselm College for a Tuesday twinbill, which begins at 3 p.m.