MANCHESTER, N.H. - The Saint Michael's College softball team suffered a pair of setbacks at Saint Anselm College, 9-2 and 5-1, on Tuesday at the South Athletic Fields. The Purple Knights are 5-27 overall and 3-21 in the Northeast-10 Conference, while the Hawks are 17-23 and 11-13.
Sophomore Sarah Murray (Wallingford, Conn./Sheehan) went 2-for-3 with an RBI in game one for Saint Michael's, while classmate Bethany Falls (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex) had a double and an RBI. Junior Stephanie Frank (Essex, Vt./Essex) took the loss despite yielding three earned runs in six innings.
Sophomore Monique Gauthier (Canton, Conn./Canton) was 3-for-4 with two runs for Hawks, classmate Olivia Story (Middleton, Mass./Masconomet) drove in three, and both hit home runs. Freshman Alexis Bogdanovich (South Portland, Maine/South Portland) allowed one earned run in six innings for the win.
Gauthier singled and scored on a sacrifice fly in the opening inning before the hosts tacked on a pair of unearned runs in each of the next two innings to grab a 5-0 advantage. After Bogdanovich set down her first nine batters, Falls and Murray came through with RBI singles in the fourth, but Story hit a three-run homer in the fifth, and Gauthier led off the sixth with a solo shot.
During game two, sophomore Grace Bonaiuto (Beverly, Mass./Austin Preparatory School) was 2-for-2, and Falls drove in sophomore Amanda Brigante (Colchester, Vt./Colchester). Frank yielded five earned runs in five innings.
Junior Lauren Galavotti (Marion, Mass./Old Rochester Regional) had two Hawk hits, and freshman Hayley Lombard (Coral Springs, Fla./American Heritage/Plantation) swatted a three-run home run. Classmate Tayla Trask (Lincoln, Maine/Mattanawcook Academy) struck out eight while tossing a five-hitter.
Brigante led off the game with a single and stole second but was one of just two Saint Michael's base runners during the opening five innings. Frank retired each of the first nine Saint Anselm batters and was aided by an inning-ending double play in the fourth inning, keeping the game scoreless. However, Lombard hit a three-run homer with two down in the fifth to provide the first runs of the game, as each base runner reached with two out in the frame.
Falls' two-out single drove home Brigante in the sixth, but freshman Kristen Peffer (Cumberland, R.I./Cumberland) hit a two-out, two-run single in the bottom portion to account for the final runs of the contest.
Saint Michael's is slated to play its final six contests of the season at home, beginning with a twinbill tomorrow against Southern New Hampshire University that begins at 3 p.m.