COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College softball team put together a pair of sixth-inning rallies on Sunday, ultimately splitting a doubleheader with Bentley University during Senior Day at Doc Jacobs Field. In the opener, which counted toward the Northeast-10 Conference Northeast Division standings, the Purple Knights plated all of their runs in the sixth inning of a 3-1 win. The nightcap went to the visitors, 3-1 in eight innings. Saint Michael's finished the year 4-39 overall and 4-25 in the division, while the Falcons moved to 16-27-1 and 9-19-1.
Senior Stephanie Frank (Essex, Vt./Essex) was 2-for-3 with a run and the go-ahead RBI for the hosts in the opener, as well as allowing no earned runs and striking out four during a complete-game victory. Junior Amanda Brigante (Colchester, Vt./Colchester) and first-year Danielle DelGreco (Lexington, Mass./Lexington) also had one hit and RBI apiece. With the victory, Saint Michael's won the three-game divisional series, having also split two Saturday contests.
Junior Kelly Sanborn (Hopkinton, Mass./Hopkinton) was 2-for-3 for Bentley, and senior Carly Taitz (Blue Point, N.Y./Bayport-Blue Point) allowed three earned runs on five hits while striking out three.
First-year Alex Borrelli (Salem, N.H./Central Catholic) led off the second inning with a single before scoring on a two-out error to put Bentley up 1-0, but Purple Knight senior right fielder Brittany Cantore (Saint Johnsbury, Vt./Saint Johnsbury Academy) limited a fourth-inning scoring chance by cutting down a potential run at the plate. With the bases loaded and one out in the fifth, a Falcon tapped the ball back to the circle, where Frank started a 1-2-3 double play.
After the hosts picked up only one hit in the first 5.1 innings - a Frank single in the fourth - first-year pinch-hitter Judi Barcavage (Cold Spring, N.Y./Haldane) singled with one down in the sixth before Brigante, Frank and DelGreco all followed with two-out RBI knocks. Frank worked around a one-out single in the seventh to seal the win.
In game two, Brigante finished 2-for-4, Frank singled home a run, and Cantore doubled. Junior Greer Lemnah (Lyndon Center, Vt./Lyndon Institute) singled and scored, and senior Lauren Mercik (Suffield, Conn./Suffield) turned in one of the finest performances of her career, allowing three runs during eight innings while striking out two and not walking a batter. The start was just the ninth of her career, as she posted her third complete game.
Senior Erica Thibodeau (Cohoes, N.Y./Shaker) hit a two-run home run for Bentley in the top of the eighth inning, and sophomore Shannon Connor (West Haven, Conn./West Haven) finished 3-for-4 with a run. First-year Halley McDevitt (San Ramon, Calif./San Ramon Valley) went 2-for-3 with an RBI while also earning the win, tossing 2.2 innings of two-hit, shutout relief.
McDevitt's two-out RBI single gave the visitors a 1-0 edge in the second inning, and the Purple Knights picked up only one hit and had just two base runners prior to a sixth-inning comeback. With one out, Lemnah, Brigante and Frank rapped consecutive singles, with Frank's plating Lemnah to tie the game. Cantore led off the seventh with a double to the fence in center, and the potential winning run reached third base with one out before a line-drive double play ended the threat.
In the eighth, Thibodeau knocked a one-out, two-run home run to left field. Brigante singled with one out in the home portion of the inning, but McDevitt retired the next batter.