MANCHESTER, N.H. - The Saint Michael's College softball team lost to first-place Saint Anselm College twice by 4-1 counts on Wednesday during Northeast-10 Conference action at the South Athletic Field. The Purple Knights are now 1-30 overall, 1-22 in the league and 0-17 in the Northeast Division, while the Hawks are 23-12, 15-8 and 12-5.
In the opener, senior Greer Lemnah (Lyndon Center, Vt./Lyndon Institute) was 2-for-3 with an RBI for the Purple and Gold, which continued a run of 14 games in 11 days. Three players had one hit, and senior Laura McCormack (Natick, Mass./Natick) yielded two earned runs on seven hits in six innings.
Senior Nicole Boucher (Woonsocket, R.I./Woonsocket) was 2-for-4 with a run for the hosts, and classmate Olivia Story (Middleton, Mass./Masconomet Regional) went 2-for-3. Junior Tayla Trask (Lincoln, Maine/Mattanawcook Academy) allowed one run on five hits with 12 strikeouts during the complete game.
Saint Michael's threatened right away in the top of the first inning against Trask, the NE-10 leader in earned run average and shutouts, as senior Amanda Brigante (Colchester, Vt./Colchester) and sophomore Danielle DelGreco (Lexington, Mass./Lexington) singled with one down, but both were stranded. Boucher countered by leading off the home half with a single, stealing second and scoring on a single to spark a three-run frame.
After Saint Anselm scored its fourth run on a wild pitch in the second, McCormack held the hosts to a 3-for-18 showing at the plate over the final 4.1 innings. Saint Michael's put two on with one out in the third before the Hawks turned an inning-ending double play, and the visitors got on the board thanks to Lemnah's two-out RBI single in the fifth. Trask allowed only one more base runner during the final 2.1 innings of the contest.
In game two, junior Sarah Murray (Wallingford, Conn./Sheehan) swatted her second home run of the year, and Lemnah added a knock to move into a tie for ninth in program history in career hits (107). Senior Lea Gipson (Bridport, Vt./Middlebury) allowed two earned runs in 1.2 innings to take the loss before first-year Rachel Tshonas (Ellington, Conn./Ellington) fired 4.1 frames of three-hit, shutout relief.
Boucher finished 3-for-4 for the Hawks, adding a double, while junior Paige Cormier (Rochester, N.H./Spaulding) allowed one run on four hits during a complete-game outing.
Murray's solo blast to right field staked the Purple Knights to a 1-0 lead in the first inning before Saint Anselm responded with all four of its runs in the home half, sending 10 batters to the plate. Story's RBI double tied the game before the visitors turned a double play with the bases loaded to nearly escape the threat, but sophomore Pattie Turner (Warwick, R.I./Toll Gate) hit a two-ahead RBI double. An outfield error brought two more runs around. Saint Michael's put exactly one runner on base in all seven innings and never brought the potential tying run to the plate after the Hawks' big inning.
The Purple Knights complete their home slate tomorrow with a game versus Franklin Pierce University at 3 p.m.