Softball swept by division co-leader Southern New Hampshire

COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College softball team dropped both ends of a doubleheader with Southern New Hampshire University, 4-0 and 6-0, on Tuesday at Doc Jacobs Field. The Purple Knights are now 2-35 overall and 2-15 in the Northeast-10 Conference Northeast Division, as only the opener counted toward league standings, while the Penmen are 26-12 and 13-3 as one of two teams tied for first in the division.

Junior Greer Lemnah (Lyndon Center, Vt./Lyndon Institute) was 1-for-2 with a walk for the hosts in the opener, while classmate Bethany Falls (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex) added a knock. First-year Jessica Niles (Chaumont, N.Y./General Brown) took the loss, yielding three earned runs during seven innings. She struck out two and walked one.

Sophomore Ali Maloof (Norwood, Mass./Norwood) finished 2-for-3 with two runs and an RBI for the Penmen while also picking up the win, firing a two-hit shutout with six strikeouts and one walk. Senior Kate Stanley (Kingston, Mass./Silver Lake Regional) went 2-for-3 with an RBI.

Stanley's leadoff single in the second inning accounted for the game's lone base runner during the opening three frames before she came through with a one-out RBI single in the fourth to break a scoreless tie. Lemnah and Falls singled in the home half, as runners stood at second and third with one down before Maloof induced a pop-up and a groundout. Southern New Hampshire pulled away with three runs during the final two innings, with a pair scoring on sacrifice flies.

Lemnah and first-year Danielle DelGreco (Lexington, Mass./Lexington) each had two hits in the nightcap, with a double among DelGreco's knocks, and senior Stephanie Frank (Essex, Vt./Essex) was the losing pitcher after allowing three earned runs in four innings. Classmate Lauren Mercik (Suffield, Conn./Suffield) allowed no earned runs in three frames.

Maloof was 2-for-4 with three RBIs and a double for Southern New Hampshire, while sophomore Holly Eicher (Stoneham, Mass./Stoneham) finished 3-for-3 with a double. Junior Dolores Mattice (Schenectady, N.Y./Mohonasen) spun a six-hit shutout, striking out four with no walks.

After the visitors plated two unearned runs in the opening inning, Maloof doubled home a pair with two down in the second to make it 4-0. Her single up the middle plated another run in the fourth, and an RBI groundout completed the scoring the following inning. With Purple Knights at the corners and two out in the fifth, a batter from the home team popped out, and DelGreco's two-bagger put two in scoring position with two down in the sixth before the final hitter struck out.

Saint Michael's is back in action on its season-ending eight-game homestand when it takes on Franklin Pierce University tomorrow for a doubleheader that begins at 3 p.m.