Softball swept by 24th-ranked Southern New Hampshire

Softball swept by 24th-ranked Southern New Hampshire

MANCHESTER, N.H. - The Saint Michael's College softball team was swept in a Northeast-10 Conference Northeast Division doubleheader on Wednesday by 24th-ranked Southern New Hampshire University, 15-1 and 11-0 during a pair of five-inning games, at Penmen Field. The Purple Knights are 0-16 overall and 0-6 in the league, while the Penmen are 21-5 and 10-2. Southern New Hampshire, which qualified for the 2014 NCAA Tournament, is ranked nationally by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA).

Junior Danielle DelGreco (Lexington, Mass./Lexington) and sophomores Jessica Barnett (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex) and Christina Brazeau (Warwick, R.I./Saint Mary Academy-Bay View) all had one hit in the opener for Saint Michael's, which was continuing a run of 21 games in 15 days. Junior Judi Barcavage (Cold Spring, N.Y./Haldane) drove in a run, while first-year Chandler Wilder (Beverly, Mass./Bishop Fenwick) walked and scored. Classmate Danielle Brown (Vergennes, Vt./Vergennes Union) allowed nine runs in 2.1 innings while striking out two to take the loss.

Juniors Lindsey Bolduc (Londonderry, N.H./Londonderry) and Katie Caruso (Newton, Mass./Newton North) both homered, had two hits and drove in four runs for Southern New Hampshire. Three others had a pair of hits, while junior Mo Hannan (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough) was 1-for-2 with two runs and two walks. Sophomore Nicole Gubellini (Salem, N.H./Salem/Quinnipiac) yielded one hit and struck out four during the opening three innings to pick up the win.

DelGreco singled with two down in the first inning before being stranded as the lone Purple Knight base runner in the first three innings, and Brown pitched out of a two-on, none-out jam in the second to keep the Penmen scoreless. In the third inning, the hosts broke out for 10 runs on nine hits, with Bolduc and Caruso both hitting three-run home runs in the inning, and Caruso recording all four of her RBIs during the frame.

The first two Purple and Gold batters reached to begin the ensuing inning, and Barcavage's RBI groundout plated Wilder to get the visitors on the board. Keyed by senior Holly Eicher's (Stoneham, Mass./Stoneham) two-run double, five Penmen scored in the home half. Barnett and Brazeau singled in the fifth, but the Purple Knights left them at the corners.

Barcavage was hit by a pitch to become the only Saint Michael's runner in the nightcap, and Brown took the loss after allowing three runs in one inning of work. First-year Hannah St. Don (Lakeville, Mass./Sacred Heart) was the most effective of two relievers, yielding one run over 2.1 innings of work with one strikeout.

Senior Ali Maloof (Norwood, Mass./Norwood) fired a no-hitter for the Penmen, striking out nine and facing just one batter over the minimum. She also batted 1-for-2, scored twice, drew a walk and doubled. Caruso hit another home run in her only official at bat while scoring twice and driving in three. Hannan and first-year Sarah Lavallee (Candia, N.H./Central) added home runs, and classmate Brittany Perdigao (Stoughton, Mass./Coyle and Cassidy) went 2-for-3 as the lone Southern New Hampshire player with multiple hits.

Hannan led off the first inning with a home run before Caruso followed two batters later with a two-run homer to make it 3-0. Seven more Penmen crossed the plate in the second, as Lavallee knocked a solo shot and Bolduc added a two-run double. The hosts added their final run in the fourth before Barcavage was hit by a pitch with one down in the fifth to spoil Maloof's perfect game and give Saint Michael's its first base runner.

The Purple Knights open an eight-game, five-day homestand by taking on Saint Anselm College tomorrow for a 3 p.m. doubleheader. The Hawks were NE-10 Northeast Division regular-season co-champions in 2014.