Softball season concludes, Saint Michael's swept in NE-10 twinbill by Saint Rose

COLCHESTER, Vt. - Senior Olivia Leclerc (Colchester, Vt./Colchester) had a hit in each end of her final career doubleheader on Sunday, as the Saint Michael's College softball team lost twice in five innings to The College of Saint Rose, 10-2 and 9-1, on Doc Jacobs Field during Northeast-10 Conference play. Both teams concluded their 2012 seasons, with the Purple Knights 6-32 overall and 4-26 in the league, and the Golden Knights 16-27 and 12-18.

Junior Lindsay Houston (Concord, N.H./Concord) went 1-for-1 with a run and a walk for the hosts in game one, classmate Brittany Cantore (Saint Johnsbury, Vt./Saint Johnsbury Academy) ripped her third home run of the season, a two-run shot, and Leclerc added a hit. Junior Stephanie Frank (Essex, Vt./Essex) took the loss.

Senior Jessica Butterbrodt (Conesus, N.Y./Livonia) was one of four Golden Knights with two hits, finishing with two RBIs and a home run. Freshman Kari Bird (New Rochelle, N.Y./The Ursuline School) was 2-for-2 with three RBIs, and senior Courtney Galuski (Cohoes, N.Y./Cohoes) allowed two runs on three hits while striking out five.

Bird had an RBI single and scored on a passed ball during a three-run second inning that put Saint Rose on top for good, and her two-run single and Butterbrodt's leadoff dinger keyed a four-run third. Leclerc singled with one down in the third to break up Galuski's no-hit bid before the visitors scored three in the fifth to lead 10-0. In the bottom half, Houston led off with a single before Cantore drove her longball to left field, but the Purple Knights came no closer.

Houston went 1-for-1 with a hit-by-pitch in game two, sophomore Amanda Brigante (Colchester, Vt./Colchester) singled and scored, and Leclerc added a hit. Sophomore Grace Bonaiuto (Beverly, Mass./Austin Preparatory School) picked up an RBI, and Frank suffered the loss, allowing two earned runs in 1.2 innings.

Butterbrodt was 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs, as she and sophomore Olivia Reeves (Poughkeepsie, N.Y./Arlington) each homered. Senior Kayla Kuilema (Colonie, N.Y./Colonie) was 3-for-4 with two RBIs, and senior Sarah Arbogast (Newark, N.Y./Newark) allowed one unearned run on three hits in the five-inning triumph.

Reeves took the first pitch of the game over the right field wall before the Golden Knights plated a two-out run in the opening frame, but Brigante singled to begin the home portion, advanced two bases on consecutive passed balls, and scored on Bonaiuto's tapper back to the circle. The Purple Knights trailed just 2-1 after one inning.

Saint Rose pulled away with five runs on five hits and three errors the next inning, as the final four scored with two down, including on Butterbrodt's second home run of the day, a two-run shot. The visitors added single runs in the third and fifth frames. Saint Michael's put three runners on in the fourth but was able to score no further.