COLCHESTER, Vt. - During its final home contests of the season, the Saint Michael's College softball team was swept by Franklin Pierce University, 6-0 and 18-5 in six innings, in a Northeast-10 Conference Northeast Division doubleheader on Thursday at Doc Jacobs Field. The Purple Knights are 2-26 overall and 2-16 in the NE-10, while the Ravens improved to 7-17 and 7-14.
Sophomore Jessica Barnett (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex) tripled in the opener for Saint Michael's, while junior Judi Barcavage (Cold Spring, N.Y./Haldane) and sophomores Danielle Barbato (Hillsdale, N.Y./Taconic Hills) and Christina Brazeau (Warwick, R.I./Saint Mary Academy-Bay View) added one hit apiece. First-year Danielle Brown (Vergennes, Vt./Vergennes Union) allowed all six runs over the final two innings of her complete-game effort while matching a career high with 11 strikeouts in two fewer innings than the first time she reached the mark.
Graduate student Jamie Wiley (Cape Vincent, N.Y./Thousand Island) was 3-for-4 with two runs and a double for the Ravens, and junior Erin Wood (Dover Plains, N.Y./Dover) went 2-for-4 with two runs, two RBIs and a home run. Two others had two hits apiece, and junior Morgan Cahill (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Saratoga Springs) drove in two runs. Junior Patricia Hansen (Mansfield, Mass./Mansfield) spun a four-hit shutout, striking out four.
Franklin Pierce put runners at second and third with one down in the first inning before a fielder's choice allowed Saint Michael's to cut down a runner at the plate, and the same situation followed with two outs, but Brown fanned the final batter. Brazeau led off the home half with a single but was left at second with two down, and Barnett drilled a triple to right leading off the fourth but moved no further than third base.
After Brown allowed no runs on four hits over the opening five innings, the Ravens scored three runs in each the sixth and seventh innings on a combined six knocks. Cahill's two-run bunt single through the right side of a drawn-in infield in the sixth gave the visitors the only runs they would need, and Wood's two-run homer capped the seventh inning.
The Purple Knights led game two, 4-3, before the Ravens scored 15 of the final 16 runs in the final three frames. Barcavage was 2-for-3 with three RBIs and a home run, junior Danielle DelGreco (Lexington, Mass./Lexington) was 2-for-3 with two runs, and sophomore Sarah Bagley (Concord, Mass./Concord-Carlisle) finished 2-for-3. Brazeau scored twice and walked, senior Sarah Murray (Wallingford, Conn./Sheehan) doubled and drove in two runs, while Barnett dropped a pair of sac bunts. Brown suffered the setback, allowing nine earned runs over the opening 4.1 innings.
First-year Cassidy Sorenson (Billerica, Mass./Billerica Memorial) led the Ravens by going 4-for-6 with four runs, four RBIs, two home runs and a double, ad junior Courtney Caputo (Stony Brook, N.Y./Ward Melville) was 3-for-4 with three runs, three RBIs and a walk. Wiley had three hits and two runs, senior Alicia Dean (Danvers, Mass./Danvers) posted three hits and two RBIs, sophomore Mikaela Ballmer (Birdsboro, Pa./Daniel Boone) drove in four thanks to two doubles, and first-year Jillian Ostrander (Glens Falls, N.Y./South Glens Falls) added a home run. Junior Mandi Adee (Kinderhook, N.Y./Ichabod Crane) allowed four earned runs during a complete-game effort while striking out three.
Sorenson's home run leading off the game was countered by Barcavage's two-out, three-run shot in the home half, and Sorenson and Dean laced consecutive RBI doubles with two down in the following frame to tie the game before Murray's RBI fielder's choice gave the hosts a 4-3 edge in the third. Sorenson led off the fourth with a tying home run before Franklin Pierce batted around in both the fifth and sixth innings. The visitors plated eight runs on seven hits and two errors in the fifth, with Ballmer knocking a two-run double and Caputo adding a two-run single.
Murray's RBI double in the bottom half cut the deficit to seven before Purple Knights reached the corners with one down but were left there. Six more Ravens scored on five hits in the sixth, with Ballmer adding another two-run double and Ostrander hitting a two-run home run.
Saint Michael's closes the 2015 season with a three-game series at Assumption College this weekend, beginning with a single game on Friday at 4 p.m.