Softball drops pair at NE-10 Northeast Division leader Saint Anselm

MANCHESTER, N.H. - The Saint Michael's College softball team lost both ends of a Northeast-10 Conference Northeast Division doubleheader at Saint Anselm College on Thursday, 8-0 in six innings and 7-0, on South Athletic Field. The Purple Knights slipped to 0-18 overall and 0-4 in the division, while the Hawks are 8-11 and 5-0, and are the only squad among the 16 NE-10 program with a perfect divisional mark.

Junior Amanda Brigante (Colchester, Vt./Colchester) went 2-for-3 for Saint Michael's in game one, while classmate Greer Lemnah (Lyndon Center, Vt./Lyndon Institute) doubled. Junior Stephanie Frank (Essex, Vt./Essex) was 1-for-2 and held Saint Anselm scoreless until the sixth inning, when the hosts plated all of their runs. Frank fanned three without a walk.

First-year Julie LeClair (Taunton, Mass./Coyle and Cassidy) hit a grand slam for the Hawks, while junior Nicole Boucher (Woonsocket, R.I./Woonsocket) was 2-for-4 with two RBIs, a run and a triple. Sophomore Tayla Trask (Lincoln, Maine/Mattanawcook Academy) earned the four-hit shutout, striking out seven and walking one.

The visitors stranded runners at the corners with two down in the opening inning, and Frank did not allow a base runner until there were two down in the third. She struck out the final batter to strand two runners in scoring position that inning before working out of a fourth-inning situation where a runner reached second with one down. Lemnah doubled leading off the sixth in a scoreless game before being left at third, and Saint Anselm plated all of its runs in the home half. LeClair hit her grand slam in the inning, while Boucher added a two-run triple. Four of the runs were unearned.

In the nightcap, Frank picked up a hit and a stolen base, while Lemnah and first-year Danielle DelGreco (Lexington, Mass./Lexington) both singled. Junior Laura McCormack (Natick, Mass./Natick) suffered the loss, allowing three unearned runs in the opening two innings as the first of three pitchers.

First-year Pattie Turner (Warwick, R.I./Toll Gate) was 2-for-3 with three RBIs and a double for Saint Anselm, while junior Olivia Story (Middleton, Mass./Masconomet Regional) went 2-for-3 with three runs. Sophomore Paige Cormier (Rochester, N.H./Spaulding) notched the win, allowing three hits while striking out seven over six innings.

The Hawks took advantage of two errors in the second inning to plate three runs, with Turner providing a two-out, two-run double. Frank singled and stole second in the fourth during a 3-0 game before being left on base, and two more runs scored for the hosts in the fourth. Two additional unearned runs came around in the sixth.

After playing its first 18 games on the road, Saint Michael's begins its home slate with a pair of doubleheaders this weekend, beginning when it hosts Le Moyne College on Saturday for a 12 p.m. twinbill.