EASTON, Mass. - The Saint Michael's College softball team returned from a 22-day layoff with a narrow 2-1 loss to Stonehill College on Saturday at Gartland Field during Northeast-10 Conference Northeast Division play. The Purple Knights remained winless through 11 games while appearing in their league opener, while Stonehill is 9-8 and 3-2.
Senior Sarah Murray (Wallingford, Conn./Sheehan) went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a double for Saint Michael's, while junior Danielle DelGreco (Lexington, Mass./Lexington) had a hit and scored. Sophomore Christina Brazeau (Warwick, R.I./Saint Mary Academy-Bay View) was 1-for-2 with a walk, and first-year Danielle Brown (Vergennes, Vt./Vergennes Union) yielded two runs on six hits while striking out two and not walking a batter in a complete-game effort.
Sophomore Michelle Carbone (Deer Park, N.Y./Saint Anthony's) was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a home run for Stonehill while also earning the victory, allowing five hits while walking two and not striking out a batter. Junior Megan Staudle (New Windsor, N.Y./Cornwall Central) was 1-for-2 with a run.
Stonehill did all of its scoring within the first three batters of the first inning, as Staudle was hit by a pitch with one out before Carbone followed with a two-run home run to left field. After the next batter singled, Brown allowed only one hit to the next 11 Skyhawks. Saint Michael's threatened in the top of the second inning, with Murray singling with one out before sophomore Danielle Barbato (Hillsdale, N.Y./Taconic Hills) walked with two down, but a popup ended the inning.
The visitors got one run back in the fourth. DelGreco led off with a single, moved up on junior Judi Barcavage's (Cold Spring, N.Y./Haldane) sacrifice bunt and scored when Murray roped a double to left center. Murray advanced to third base on an illegal pitch and looked to score the tying run on Barbato's fly ball to left field, but Stonehill sophomore left fielder Lianna Jordan (Staten Island, N.Y./Saint Joseph By the Sea) completed an inning-ending double play by throwing Murray out at the plate.
Brown yielded back-to-back singles with two down in the fourth before inducing an inning-ending line drive to Brazeau at second base, and sophomore Sarah Bagley (Concord, Mass./Concord-Carlisle) was stranded at second base in the fifth following her single and an ensuing sac bunt. In the seventh, Brazeau led off with a single, and first-year pinch runner Hannah St. Don (Lakeville, Mass./Sacred Heart) moved to second on a one-out groundout before Carbone left her there by getting the final Purple Knight to ground out.
The teams complete a three-game series on Sunday with an 11 a.m. doubleheader.