Purple Knights fall twice to West Virginia teams in Florida, once in eight innings

CLERMONT, Fla. - The Saint Michael's College softball team fell twice on Monday against West Virginia-based schools, dropping an 8-2 decision versus Alderson-Broaddus College before falling in eight innings to West Liberty University, 5-3, during the National Training Center Spring Games. Saint Michael's is now 0-4.

In game one, junior Greer Lemnah (Lyndon Center, Vt./Lyndon Institute) was 3-for-3, and classmate Bethany Falls (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex) went 3-for-4. Senior Carleen McLaughlin (Branford, Conn./Branford) turned in a 2-for-3 showing while scoring a run and doubling. Classmate Lauren Mercik (Suffield, Conn./Suffield) took the loss before junior Laura McCormack (Natick, Mass./Natick) tossed five innings of two-hit, shutout relief.

Junior Hannah Copenhaver (Mercersburg, Pa./James Buchanan) and first-year Chelsea Lore (South Charleston, W.Va./South Charleston) both went 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI for 4-3 Alderson-Broaddus, and junior Ali Neace (Logan, W.Va./Logan) yielded one earned run over six innings for the win.

Saint Michael's plated single runs in each of the first two innings, with junior Brittany Regis (Monroe, N.H./Saint Johnsbury Academy) scoring on a two-out error in the first and Lemnah singling home McLaughlin in the second. Alderson-Broaddus did all of its scoring in the home half of the second, as 12 batters produced eight runs on four hits. McCormack entered with the bases loaded and no one out in the frame before holding the Battlers to a 2-for-19 showing at the plate over the final five-plus innings.

During the second contest, Lemnah, junior Amanda Brigante (Colchester, Vt./Colchester) and first-year Danielle DelGreco (Lexington, Mass./Lexington) each had two hits. Classmate Judi Barcavage (Cold Spring N.Y./Haldane) added a two-run pinch-hit single, the first hit of her career, and Falls tripled. First-year Jessica Niles (Chaumont, N.Y./General Brown) took the loss, allowing three earned runs over eight innings and fanning five.

For 4-7 West Liberty, junior Maggie Starr (Cambridge, Ohio/Cambridge) was 2-for-4 with two runs, and first-year Paige Creamer (Steubenville, Ohio/Steubenville Catholic Central) picked up the win in relief after yielding two earned runs over five innings.

As the visiting team, West Liberty scored single runs in the first and fourth innings before Barcavage came off the bench to rip a two-out, two-run single in the fifth inning, knotting the contest at two. Falls tripled with two down in the seventh to put the potential winning run 60 feet away, but the next batter flew out. With the teams utilizing the international tie-breaker in the eighth, West Liberty used a pair of RBI singles and a sacrifice fly to nab a 5-2 lead. Brigante's groundout brought home DelGreco for the Purple Knights' lone run in the home half.

Saint Michael's takes on Saint Joseph's (Ind.) College tomorrow at 9 a.m. before facing Saint Thomas Aquinas College at 11 a.m. Saint Joseph's received votes toward last week's National Fastpitch Coaches Association's (NFCA) national poll.