Frank spins three-hit shutout, Purple Knights upset fourth-place Le Moyne in split

COLCHESTER, Vt. - Junior Stephanie Frank (Essex, Vt./Essex) spun a three-hit shutout, sophomore Bethany Falls (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex) drove in the only run, and the Saint Michael's College softball team upset fourth-place Le Moyne College, 1-0, before suffering a 6-0 loss in a Northeast-10 Conference doubleheader on Friday at Doc Jacobs Field.

The Purple Knights, who celebrated Senior Day, are now 6-30 overall and 4-24 in the league, while the Dolphins moved to 24-24 and 18-10. Lone senior Olivia Leclerc (Colchester, Vt./Colchester) was honored prior to the twinbill.

Falls and sophomore Amanda Brigante (Colchester, Vt./Colchester) had Purple Knight hits in the opener, with Falls doubling, and Frank yielded two singles among her three hits. She neither struck out nor walked a batter, tossing 69 pitches. Saint Michael's nabbed its first win over Le Moyne since the 2005 NE-10 Tournament, and its first regular-season or home victory against the Dolphins since April 11, 1999.

Sophomore Sarah Harrison (Cobleskill, N.Y./Cobleskill-Richmondville), the NE-10 leader in wins and strikeouts, allowed one run on two hits in six frames, striking out eight - including six in the first three innings - and walking none. Junior Fran Kiernan (Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y./Hendrick Hudson) doubled.

Dolphins singled in each the first and fourth innings, but the initial runner was stranded, and the second left first base early to end the fourth frame. In the home half, Brigante led off with a single as the first batter to reach against Harrison. Sophomore Grace Bonaiuto (Beverly, Mass./Austin Preparatory School) dropped a sacrifice bunt to move Brigante into scoring position, and Falls drilled her ground-rule double to left field.

From there, Harrison set down the final eight batters, but the hosts had all the runs they needed, with Frank pitching around a two-out error in the fifth and Kiernan's one-out ground-rule double in the seventh. With a pinch runner at second base, Frank induced a pair of groundouts to end the game, never letting the runner advance as far as third base.

In game two, Frank doubled but took the loss, yielding four earned runs in three innings while striking out two. Bonaiuto and freshman Sarah Murray (Wallingford, Conn./Sheehan) both singled, and junior Lauren Mercik (Suffield, Conn./Suffield) yielded one run on one hit in four innings of relief.

Three Dolphins had two hits, including Kiernan, who was 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Harrison drove in two while tossing a three-hit shutout, striking out one and walking none on 64 pitches.

Le Moyne used three hits and two errors to plate a pair of first-inning runs before six straight third-inning hits led to three runs. Harrison had a two-out, two-run single in the third before another two-out run came home in the fourth. Murray broke up Harrison's perfect game with a single leading off the fifth, and Frank doubled to put two in scoring position with no one out, but a line-drive double play and a popup ended the threat.

The Purple Knights complete their season on Sunday by hosting The College of Saint Rose for a 12 p.m. doubleheader. The contests were originally scheduled for tomorrow but were moved back due to expected inclement weather.