Softball opens home schedule, falls twice to Le Moyne in NE-10 play

COLCHESTER, Vt. - After playing its first 18 games this season on the road, the Saint Michael's College softball team opened its home slate with a pair of losses to Le Moyne College, 6-2 and 2-0, on Saturday in Northeast-10 Conference play at Doc Jacobs Field. The Purple Knights are 0-20 overall and 0-10 in the league, while the Dolphins are 7-11 and 5-4.

Senior Stephanie Frank (Essex, Vt./Essex) was 2-for-2 with a run, an RBI, a triple, a hit-by-pitch and a sacrifice fly in the opener for the hosts, and she also suffered the complete-game loss after yielding three earned runs and striking out six versus one walk. Classmate Lindsay Houston (Concord, N.H./Concord) picked up an RBI single, while junior Amanda Brigante (Colchester, Vt./Colchester) singled and scored.

Senior Demetra Kermidas (Binghamton, N.Y./Chenango Valley) homered and tripled while scoring twice with an RBI for Le Moyne, and classmate Fran Kiernan (Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y./Hendrick Hudson) was 2-for-4. Junior Stephanie Ostrander (Gansevoort, N.Y./Schuylerville) drove in a pair, and classmate Sarah Harrison (Cobleskill, N.Y./Cobleskill-Richmondville) struck out nine over five innings of work for the win.

Kiernan scored the game's first run on a wild pitch in the second before Frank laced a leadoff triple to right in the home half and came home on Houston's two-out single. The Purple Knights had opportunities to grab leads but left two on in second and three more in the third following a go-ahead solo homer by Kermidas. Ostrander's two-out, two-run single keyed a four-run fifth, when three runs were unearned. Frank's seventh-inning sac fly produced the final score.

Junior Greer Lemnah (Lyndon Center, Vt./Lyndon Institute) and sophomore Sarah Murray (Wallingford, Conn./Sheehan) both singled for the Purple Knights in game two, while first-year Jessica Niles (Chaumont, N.Y./General Brown) provided 4.2 innings of one-hit, shutout ball, striking out seven and walking two. Junior Laura McCormack (Natick, Mass./Natick) took the loss after allowing two runs in 2.1 frames.

Harrison spun the two-hit shutout, striking out 11 and walking one. Kiernan finished 2-for-3 with a solo home run, while first-year Allison Reynolds (Penfield, N.Y./Penfield) doubled among her two hits.

Kiernan's leadoff homer in the second put her team on top for good, and an RBI knock by first-year Kirsten Trotta (Wilmington, Del./Alexis I. Dupont) the following inning made it 2-0. After a Kiernan hit loaded the bases with one down, Niles came on in relief and fanned the final two hitters. She allowed only three base runners during her stint, including setting down the final eight Dolphins. Lemnah's slap single leading off the fourth gave Saint Michael's its first base runner, but she was left at first base. The only other threat for the hosts came in the sixth, when Murray singled leading off, and first-year Danielle DelGreco (Lexington, Mass./Lexington) drew a pinch-hit walk with two out, but both were stranded.

Saint Michael's hosts The College of Saint Rose tomorrow for a 12 p.m. twinbill.