RINDGE, N.H. - The Saint Michael's College softball team continued a stretch of 21 games in 15 days with a 6-0 loss to Franklin Pierce University at the Bisaccia Softball Complex on Tuesday during Northeast-10 Conference Northeast Division play. The Purple Knights are 0-14 overall and 0-4 in the league, while the Ravens improved to 4-10 and 4-9.
Sophomore Danielle Barbato (Hillsdale, N.Y./Taconic Hills) was 2-for-3 for the visitors, senior Sarah Murray (Wallingford, Conn./Sheehan) added a single, and sophomore Christina Brazeau (Warwick, R.I./Saint Mary Academy-Bay View) drew a walk. First-year Danielle Brown (Vergennes, Vt./Vergennes Union) struck out seven while yielding all six runs, four of which were earned, over six innings.
Eight different Ravens picked up hits, with graduate student Jamie Wiley (Cape Vincent, N.Y./Thousand Islands) going 2-for-3 with a run, an RBI and a triple. Junior Erin Wood (Dover, N.Y./Dover) doubled during her 1-for-2 performance, while included a run and an RBI, and classmate Mandi Adee (Kinderhook, N.Y./Ichabod Crane) worked the opening five innings for the win. Adee allowed one hit while striking out three and not walking a batter.
Wiley tripled with one down in the second inning to become the first base runner of the game before senior Alicia Dean's (Danvers, Mass./Danvers) two-out single brought her home for what proved to be the winning run. Barbato led off the next frame with a single and was moved 60 feet on junior Jenna Maksian's (Shrewsbury, Mass./Shrewsbury) sacrifice bunt, but Adee fanned the final two hitters while Saint Michael's had a runner in scoring position.
Franklin Pierce pulled away with a three-run home half of the third, as two runs were unearned. First-year Cassidy Sorenson (Billerica, Mass./Billerica Memorial) provided an RBI knock before Wood added a sac fly, while junior Courtney Caputo (Stony Brook, N.Y./Ward Melville) took home during a double steal. Caputo added a two-out RBI single in the fourth before Wiley drove home another two-out run with a fifth-inning single.
Brazeau walked with one out in the sixth and was stranded at second with two down, and the Purple Knights went scoreless after three runners reached in the seventh. Murray singled leading off before sophomore Jessica Barnett (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex) was hit by a pitch with one out. The Ravens picked a pinch runner off second base for the second out, and Barbato singled to push Barnett to second base. However, the final batter of the game grounded out.
The Purple Knights remain in New Hampshire to face nationally-ranked Southern New Hampshire University on Wednesday for a 3 p.m. doubleheader. The Penmen, who qualified for the 2014 NCAA Tournament, are ranked 18th in the latest National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) poll.