CLERMONT, Fla. - The Saint Michael's College softball team lost a pair of contests on Friday at The Spring Games in Hancock Park, falling against New York Institute of Technology, 12-1 in five innings, and versus Bemidji State (Minn.) University, 5-1. The Purple Knights, now 0-4, continue their 10-game Spring Break trip with a twinbill against Wayne State (Mich.) University, which is 22nd in the latest National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) national poll, tomorrow beginning at 9 a.m.
Junior Danielle Barbato (Hillsdale, N.Y./Taconic Hills) went 2-for-2 with a double and a run in game one for the Purple and Gold, first-year Fallon Tierney (Reading, Mass./Reading Memorial) doubled home a run for her first college hit, and sophomore Kaleigh Fallon (Mashpee, Mass./Sturgis Charter Public School) added a knock. Classmate Danielle Brown (Vergennes, Vt./Vergennes Union) allowed six earned runs in three innings to take the loss before first-year Anna Meusel (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxboro Regional) allowed three earned over two relief frames in her college debut.
Junior Madison Smith went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs for 5-5 NYIT as one of three players to hit home runs, joining seniors Christina Pantages and Kat Zabielski. Pantages finished 3-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs, and sophomore Sofia Evangelista allowed one run on four hits during the complete-game victory, striking out seven and walking only one.
Pantages and Smith led off the second inning with back-to-back home runs to kick off a three-run frame, and five more runs came home on five hits and two errors in the third. Smith's two-run double keyed the outburst. Tierney's two-out RBI double plated Barbato in the home half of the fourth to plate the Purple Knights' run, but senior Tori Duquette knocked a two-run double in the fifth before Zabielski drove her home with a two-run homer.
Junior Caroline Staples (Stoughton, Mass./Fontbonne Academy) roped a double and scored in game two for Saint Michael's, and senior Jenna Maksian (Shrewsbury, Mass./Shrewsbury) singled and drove in a run. Tierney and junior Christina Brazeau (Warwick, R.I./Saint Mary Academy-Bay View) added singles, with Tierney stealing a base, and Meusel allowed four runs over two-plus innings to take the loss in her first start. Brown retired 12 of the 16 batters she faced while yielding one run in four innings.
Senior Lyndsey Peterson, junior Jessica Yost and first-year Kelsey McAllister all homered for 17-5 Bemidji State, as Peterson went 2-for-2 with two runs and a walk. Classmate Rochelle Koshalek earned the win before redshirt senior Jenna Massingill picked up the three-inning save.
As the visiting team, Saint Michael's got on the board first, with Staples leading off the second with a double, moving to third on senior Judi Barcavage's (Cold Spring, N.Y./Haldane) sac bunt and scoring on Maksian's groundout. However, the Beavers plated three runs in the home half, taking the lead for good on McAllister's home run. Solo shots by Peterson and Yost in the third and fifth innings, respectively, accounted for the only other runs. Barcavage reached on a one-out error in the seventh before Maksian singled to create a threat, but a line-drive double play ended the contest.