Softball loses pair of close contests with defending NE-10 tournament champion Adelphi

Softball loses pair of close contests with defending NE-10 tournament champion Adelphi

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. - The Saint Michael's College softball team opened its Northeast-10 Conference slate with a pair of narrow losses to defending postseason tournament champion Adelphi University, 7-3 and 5-0, on Saturday at Ficke Field. The Purple Knights are now 0-10 overall and 0-2 in the league, while the Panthers, who were also a 2013 NCAA East Super Region finalist as one of the final 16 teams remaining in the NCAA Tournament, are 8-7 and 2-0.

Senior Amanda Brigante (Colchester, Vt./Colchester) finished 1-for-1 with a run, an RBI and two walks in the opener for the Purple and Gold, while classmate Greer Lemnah (Lyndon Center, Vt./Lyndon Institute) went 2-for-4 with two runs and two triples. First-year Jessica Carroll (Concord, N.H./Concord) was 2-for-3, and sophomore Danielle DelGreco (Lexington, Mass./Lexington) rapped one hit and posted an RBI. Senior Laura McCormack (Natick, Mass./Natick) took the loss after allowing five runs on six hits in 3.1 innings.

Junior Victoria Wink (Seaford, N.Y./Seaford) was 2-for-4 with two RBIs for Adelphi, and classmate Jaclyn Binstock (Centereach, N.Y./Centereach) finished 3-for-4 with two runs. First-year Danielle Cutuli (East Meadow, N.Y./East Meadow) added two RBIs. Classmate Lindsay Mapes (Mount Vernon, Ohio/Centerburg) notched the win by surrendering two runs on six hits in five innings.

Saint Michael's grabbed a quick edge, with Lemnah leading off the game with a triple and scoring on a wild pitch while the next batter, Brigante, was up. Brigante followed with a base on balls before being left at third base, and Wink knotted the game in the home half with a two-out solo home run.

Carroll led off the second with a single and Brigante walked with one out in the third, but both were stranded at second base, and Wink's RBI double sparked a two-run third for Adelphi to make it 3-1. The Purple Knights received one-out singles from Carroll and sophomore Jenna Maksian (Shrewsbury, Mass./Shrewsbury) in the fourth while looking to rally, but they were left on base, and the Panthers scored three two-out runs in the home half. Cutuli hit a two-run single.

Brigante singled with one down in the fifth, and DelGreco knocked her in with a two-out base hit of her own. The teams traded runs late, as Lemnah again tripled in the seventh before Brigante plated her on a sacrifice fly.

In game two, Lemnah finished 1-for-2 with a walk, while DelGreco and first-year Danielle Barbato (Hillsdale, N.Y./Taconic Hills) also picked up hits. With her knock, Lemnah increased her career total to 88 hits, passing Katie Sargent '02 (87) for 14th in school history. First-year Rachel Tshonas (Ellington, Conn./Ellington) took the loss after yielding four runs on eight hits in 4.1 innings.

Senior Katie Andrews (Dothan, Ala./Dothan) was 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI for Adelphi while spinning the three-hit shutout. She walked three and struck out no one. Two other Panthers had two hits.

Lemnah led off the game with a single before being doubled off second base to end the inning, and senior Courtney Sullivan (Selkirk, N.Y./Bethlehem Central) put Adelphi ahead for good with a two-out, two-run single in the second inning. DelGreco singled to bring the tying run to the plate with one out in the fourth, but the Panthers spun an inning-ending double play. The hosts then added two runs on four hits in the fifth. To begin the visiting half of the sixth, Barbato beat out an infield single before Lemnah reached on an error, but the pair was later stranded at second and third. Andrews' two-out RBI knock made it 5-0 in the bottom half.

The Purple Knights head to Pace University tomorrow for a 12 p.m. doubleheader.