Brown's walk-off single helps softball split pair of games on final day in Florida

Brown's walk-off single helps softball split pair of games on final day in Florida

CLERMONT, Fla. - Sophomore Danielle Brown's (Vergennes, Vt./Vergennes Union) walk-off single with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning of game one gave the Saint Michael's College softball team a 7-6 victory over the University of Wisconsin-Platteville during a two-game split on Tuesday during The Spring Games at Legends Way. The Purple Knights, who lost the nightcap to Hendrix (Ark.) College, 4-1, concluded their 10-game Spring Break trip at 1-9.

Brown also struck out a career-high-tying 11 during her complete-game effort in game one, when she allowed only one earned run on seven hits while walking three. Senior Jenna Maksian (Shrewsbury, Mass./Shrewsbury) went 4-for-4 with three RBIs and her first career home run, as the four hits were a career best. Classmate Danielle DelGreco (Lexington, Mass./Lexington) was 2-for-4 with two runs and a double, junior Christina Brazeau (Warwick, R.I./Saint Mary Academy-Bay View) was 2-for-3 with two runs and a walk, and first-year Payton Witalec (Ballston Spa, N.Y./Ballston Spa) came off the bench to hit a pinch-hit RBI double.

First-year Courtney Stephens was 4-for-4 with three RBIs, two runs and a double for 0-8 Wisconsin-Platteville, while junior Courtney Schimke took the loss in relief, yielding two runs on two hits in 0.1 innings. First-year Dakota Stout allowed five runs - four earned - over the first six frames.

Stephens' two-run single keyed a three-run top of the first for the Pioneers, whose runs in the frame all were unearned and came with two down. Maksian's two-run drive to left center with two down in the home half of the third made it 3-2, but Wisconsin-Platteville tacked on one run in the fourth and two in the fifth, with only one of the runs earned. Brazeau came home on a passed ball to cut the deficit to 6-3 in the fifth, and Brown worked out of a bases-loaded, one-out situation in the sixth and around a leadoff double in the seventh without being scored upon.

Witalec tomahawked a pinch-hit RBI double with two down in the sixth to plate DelGreco, who led off with a double, and Maksian's single down the line in left made it a 6-5 game. In the seventh, junior Caroline Staples (Stoughton, Mass./Fontbonne Academy) led off with a double, and sophomore pinch runner Hannah St. Don (Lakeville, Mass./Sacred Heart) moved to third on senior Judi Barcavage's (Cold Spring, N.Y./Haldane) sacrifice bunt before scoring the tying run on DelGreco's single to left. First-year Fallon Tierney (Reading, Mass./Reading Memorial) walked to push DelGreco to second and, after Stout reentered the game, Brown ripped the 1-2 pitch into left field to plate the winning run, as DelGreco easily beat the throw from the left fielder.

In game two, first-year southpaw Molly Feeney (Valhalla, N.Y./John F. Kennedy Catholic) allowed only two earned runs over six innings to take the loss, fanning two and walking one. Tierney went 2-for-3, and Barcavage drove in the run.

For 12-12 Hendrix, junior Sydney Ozersky was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a double, and first-year Karli Sewell was 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI. Classmate Emily Stockalper added a 2-for-3 effort while allowing one run in 6.1 innings, striking out six, and first-year Savannah Draud tossed 0.2 frames for the save.

Ozersky's two-run double in the bottom of the second began the scoring, but Tierney helped her team avert further damage with a diving catch in left field to end the frame. A pair of unearned runs came home in the third, with Sewell adding an RBI single, but Feeney held the Warriors to a 3-for-14 showing over the final 3.1 innings, with only two runners reaching second base.

Feeney was aided by a few nice defensive plays, including as Maksian made a diving catch going toward the circle from her position at third base for the first out of the fourth inning with a runner on second base. Brazeau, the Purple Knights' second baseman, slid to her knees to make a backhanded grab of a soft line drive for the second out of the fifth before collecting a tough ground ball to get the final out. She also singled to lead off the sixth and scored on Barcavage's fielder's choice, and the Purple Knights brought the tying run to the plate in the seventh. Tierney and sophomore Kaleigh Fallon (Mashpee, Mass./Sturgis Public Charter School) singled to put runners at first and second with one down, but Draud came on to induce consecutive popups to shortstop to end the game.

The Purple Knights head to Bentley University this weekend for a three-game Northeast-10 Conference set, beginning with a 3 p.m. doubleheader on Friday.