Softball begins campaign with pair of losses in Florida

Softball begins campaign with pair of losses in Florida

CLERMONT, Fla. - The Saint Michael's College softball team lost a pair of games on Saturday to open its season, dropping five-inning affairs with Alderson Broaddus (W.Va.) University, 9-0, and West Chester University of Pennsylvania, 19-1, during the National Training Center Spring Games.

In the opener, first-year Jessica Carroll (Concord, N.H./Concord) was 1-for-1 with a walk, and sophomores Judi Barcavage (Cold Spring, N.Y./Haldane) and Danielle DelGreco (Lexington, Mass./Lexington) and first-year Jessica Barnett (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex) all were 1-for-2. Classmate Rachel Tshonas (Ellington, Conn./Ellington) yielded seven runs, but just two earned, while striking out four in 2.2 innings. Senior Laura McCormack (Natick, Mass./Natick) did not allow any earned runs during 1.1 frames of relief, and classmate Lea Gipson (Bridport, Vt./Middlebury Union) tossed a scoreless fifth.

For 8-16 Alderson Broaddus, first-year Carson Hagin (Dalton, Ga./Dalton) spun the four-hit shutout, while first-year Victoria Patteson (Fergus, Ontario/Wellington District) was 4-for-4 with two RBIs.

Alderson Broaddus got on the board with a pair of two-out runs in the second inning. Patteson singled to right field to drive in the first run before getting hung up on the bases, which allowed a second run to score. After DelGreco singled and Carroll walked with one down in the home half but were stranded, the Battlers scored seven runs - all unearned - on five hits in the third. Hagin had one of her team's two two-out, two-RBI hits in the frame.

Senior Greer Lemnah (Lyndon Center, Vt./Lyndon Institute) was 2-for-3 against 10-4 West Chester, which was the 2013 NCAA Atlantic Super Region runner-up as one of the final 16 teams remaining in the NCAA Tournament. With 80 career hits, Lemnah now needs one hit to tie Lindsay Bernard '10 for 15th in program history. Senior Bethany Falls (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex) picked up her 74th career knock, tying Katelyn Billings '10 for 20th all time, while Barnett walked, stole a base and scored. First-year Christina Brazeau (Warwick, R.I./Saint Mary Academy-Bay View) drew a pinch-hit base on balls, and McCormack took the loss after allowing six earned runs in 0.2 innings. First-year Jane Erlandson (Georgetown, Mass./Georgetown) yielded one earned run in 1.2 innings of relief in her college debut.

Seniors Kelly Anderson (Middletown, Del./Caravel Academy) and Jessica Schuck (Richboro, Pa./Council Rock South) both drove in four runs for the Golden Rams, with Schuck a double shy of the cycle. Classmate Megan Kelly (Hatboro, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham) was 3-for-3 with three RBIs, and junior Erin Quense (Langhorne, Pa./Neshaminy) was 3-for-3 with three runs. Sophomore Sara O'Dell (Williamsport, Pa./Loyalsock) tossed three innings without yielding an earned run to nab the victory.

Barnett walked with one down in the top of the first inning before stealing second, moving to third on Falls' infield single and scoring on an error to give the Purple Knights a 1-0 edge. West Chester countered with 10 runs on eight hits in the home half, with Schuck driving in four runs between a triple and a home run, and Anderson doubled in a pair. Kelly drove in two more on doubles in the second and fourth innings, as the Golden Rams plated seven runs in the fourth.

The Purple Knights oppose Minot (N.D.) State University at 1 p.m. tomorrow before facing Minnesota State University Moorhead at 3 p.m. Minot State was a 2013 NCAA Central Region 1 Tournament semifinalist.