Softball continues Spring Break trip with pair of setbacks in Florida

Softball continues Spring Break trip with pair of setbacks in Florida

CLERMONT, Fla. - The Saint Michael's College softball team lost a pair of five-inning contests on Sunday during the National Training Center Spring Games, 12-1 against the University of Minnesota Duluth and 12-0 versus New York Institute of Technology (NYIT). The Purple Knights are 0-4 this spring.

Sophomore Christina Brazeau (Warwick, R.I./Saint Mary Academy-Bay View) had an RBI single for the Purple Knights in game one, and classmate Sarah Bagley (Concord, Mass./Concord-Carlisle) was 1-for-2 with a run, picking up her first college hit. Junior Judi Barcavage (Cold Spring, N.Y./Haldane) added a knock, and classmate Danielle DelGreco (Lexington, Mass./Lexington) took the loss after allowing four earned runs in four innings over two stints in the circle.

First-year Hannah Schmoll (Grand Rapids, Minn./Grand Rapids) was 3-for-5 with three runs, three RBIs and three stolen bases for 10-5 Minnesota Duluth, and sophomore Mel Jarvi (Duluth, Minn./Duluth Denfeld) finished 3-for-3 with two runs. First-year Becky Smith (Long Lake, Minn./Orono) was 2-for-2 while reaching base four times, and junior Ashley Lewis (Minnetrista, Minn./Delano) ended up 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Sophomore Sam Hartmann (Orono, Minn./Orono) fanned 10 while allowing one unearned run and three hits over four innings.

The Bulldogs scored two runs on three hits in the top of the first inning, with Smith singling Schmoll home for the eventual winning run, and Schmoll added an RBI single during a two-run second. Barcavage led off the home half with a single before advancing no further, but the Purple Knights threatened with three base runners in the third. Bagley beat out an infield single with one out before racing to third on an error, and Brazeau's bunt single scored the run to make it 4-1. Sophomore Jessica Barnett (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex) reached on a one-out error to bring the tying run to the plate twice, but twice Hartmann registered strikeouts. Schmoll reached on an error and scored on an illegal pitch in the fourth before Minnesota Duluth pulled away with seven runs on five hits in the fifth, as Lewis and Schmoll both had two RBIs.

Bagley and first-year Chandler Wilder (Beverly, Mass./Bishop Fenwick) both went 1-for-2 in the nightcap, while Brazeau drew a walk. First-year Danielle Brown (Vergennes, Vt./Vergennes Union) took the complete-game loss.

Junior Kat Zabielski (Farmingdale, N.Y./Stony Brook) was 3-for-4 with three runs, four RBIs, a double and a home run for 6-4 NYIT. First-year Christine Rizzacasa (North Bellmore, N.Y./Mepham) was 2-for-2 with two runs and a walk, junior Tori Duquette (Irvine, Calif./Santiago Canyon) drove in three runs and stole two bases, and classmate Lia Matz (Port Jervis, N.Y./Delaware Valley) spun the two-hit shutout.

Brazeau led off the game with a walk and advanced to second on a Barnett sacrifice and third on DelGreco's groundout before being left there, and the Bears scored seven runs in the opening two innings. Zabielski's RBI double kicked off a three-run first inning, and her three-run homer came amid a four-run second. Duquette added a sac fly in the second. Bagley began the visitors' third frame with a single before Brazeau and Barnett came through with a sac and a groundout, respectively, to move the runner to third, where she was stranded. Duquette's two-run double keyed a five-run fourth.

Saint Michael's is back in action tomorrow against the University of Sioux Falls (S.D.) at 9 a.m. and against the University of Bridgeport in an all-Purple Knights match-up at 1 p.m.