CLERMONT, Fla. - The Saint Michael's College softball team opened its season with a pair of five-inning losses on Saturday to Pace University, 12-0, and Lock Haven (Pa.) University, 9-1, during the National Training Center Spring Games.
Senior Sarah Murray (Wallingford, Conn./Sheehan) ripped a double in the opener for Saint Michael's, sophomore Christina Brazeau (Warwick, R.I./Saint Mary Academy-Bay View) added a knock, and junior Danielle DelGreco (Lexington, Mass./Lexington) walked once while also striking out three batters during two innings of relief. First-year Danielle Brown (Vergennes, Vt./Vergennes Union) took the loss after allowing four earned runs.
Senior Jeane Drury (Flanders, N.J./Morris Catholic) doubled and tripled while driving in three runs for 4-0 Pace, a Northeast-10 Conference counterpart opposing the Purple Knights in a non-league game. Sophomore Shelby Yung (Upland, Calif./Upland) was 2-for-2 with three runs, and first-year Larissa Labs (Carlsbad, Calif./San Marcos) had three RBIs. Redshirt junior Caitlin McCann (San Mateo, Calif./Notre Dame) struck out five during a two-hit shutout.
Brazeau led off the game with a single to left field for her first college hit before being stranded, and Pace plated two runs on two hits in the home half of the inning, with Drury doubling home the first run before scoring on a single. Murray led off the Purple Knight second inning with a double down the left field line and was sacrificed to third base by Brown but left there. Labs' three-run triple keyed a six-run Pace second inning. First-year Surina Sandhu (Elk Grove, Calif./Elk Grove) added a two-run double, as three of the runs were unearned. Drury's two-run triple came amid a three-run third frame for the Setters, who scored once in the fourth on a wild pitch.
First-year Chandler Wilder (Beverly, Mass./Bishop Fenwick) reached in her only two plate appearances in game two, picking up her first college hit and being struck by a pitch, while junior Judi Barcavage (Cold Spring, N.Y./Haldane) provided an RBI double. Sophomore Jessica Barnett (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex) was also 1-for-2, and Brown took the loss in 2.2 innings of work, as she struck out a pair. First-year Leah Hanzas (Bradford, Vt./Oxbow) worked 1.1 scoreless innings of relief.
Senior Sarah Schwalm (Dauphin, Pa./Central Dauphin) was 3-for-3 with two runs, four RBIs and a home run for 4-10 Lock Haven, which captured the teams' first meeting ever. Sophomore Paige Stuppy (Jonestown, Pa./Northern Lebanon) was 2-for-2 with two runs and two RBIs, while classmate Rachel Mouillesseaux (Endicott, N.Y./Union Endicott) yielded one run on three hits and struck out three in the complete-game victory.
Wilder reached on a one-out bunt single in the top of the first inning before being left there, and Lock Haven scored twice in the home half. Schwalm's two-out RBI single made it 3-0 in the second before the Lady Eagles plated six runs on five hits the following frame, including as Stuppy knocked a two-run double and Schwalm followed with a two-out, three-run inside-the-park home run. The Purple Knights got a run back in the fourth, as Wilder was hit by a pitch before being erased on a fielder's choice, and Barcavage doubled home DelGreco. Barnett gunned down a runner at home plate from her spot in center field in the bottom half to prevent further damage.
The Purple Knights continue their Spring Break trip on Sunday against the University of Minnesota Duluth at 1 p.m. and New York Institute of Technology at 3 p.m.