CLERMONT, Fla. - The Saint Michael's College softball team completed one game and had another halted due to lightning and rain during what was scheduled to be its final day of competition on its Spring Break trip at the National Training Center Spring Games on Thursday. The Purple Knights lost to Philadelphia University, 10-2, before their evening contest with the University of Bridgeport was stopped with Bridgeport leading 1-0 in the top of the fourth inning. The teams will determine tomorrow morning whether the game will be completed.
Sophomore Caroline Staples (Stoughton, Mass./Fontbonne Academy) went 2-for-3 with an RBI for the 0-9 Purple Knights against Philadelphia, first-year Chandler Wilder (Beverly, Mass./Bishop Fenwick) was 2-for-4, and senior Sarah Murray (Wallingford, Conn./Sheehan) drilled her fifth career home run, a solo shot. First-year Danielle Brown (Vergennes, Vt./Vergennes Union) took the loss after allowing six runs, but just one earned, on three hits in 3.1 innings. Classmate Leah Hanzas (Bradford, Vt./Oxbow) followed by yielding no earned runs in the final 3.2 frames.
Junior Kasia Smith (Waddell, Ariz./Estrella Foothills) finished 2-for-2 with two RBIs for 2-7 Philadelphia while also picking up the win, allowing both runs over five innings. Sophomore Gianna Bliss (Phoenixville, Pa./Phoenixville Area) was 2-for-3, first-year Mariah Hans (Barrington, N.J./Haddon Heights) scored twice and drove in two while homering, and senior Stephanie Martin (Hanover, Md./Seton Keough) scored four times and swiped a pair of bases.
The Rams utilized two errors, two walks and a sacrifice fly to score two runs in the first inning, but Murray led off the bottom of the second inning with her home run to cut the Purple Knights' deficit to 2-1. Hans homered leading off the third for Philadelphia's lone earned run in the game, as her team added four runs on four hits and three miscues in the fourth.
Staples singled sophomore Christina Brazeau (Warwick R.I./Saint Mary Academy-Bay View) home with two down in the home half before Martin scored two of the Rams' three total runs during the fifth and seventh innings.
Should their contest with Bridgeport not reach at least the fifth inning, no result will be recorded, and the Purple Knights will return to action with the northern segment of their schedule. With their Sunday doubleheader at Le Moyne College now canceled and their ensuing northern opener slated for Tuesday at Franklin Pierce University postponed, the Purple Knights will plan to host Franklin Pierce next Thursday for a Northeast-10 Conference twinbill at 3 p.m.