MANCHESTER, N.H. - The Saint Michael's College softball team was swept by 2015 NCAA Tournament qualifier Saint Anselm College, 9-1 and 8-0, during a pair of six-inning contests on Wednesday during Northeast-10 Conference play at South Athletic Fields. The Purple Knights are 1-13 overall and 0-4 in the league, while the Hawks are 7-12 and 3-4.
In game one, senior Jenna Maksian (Shrewsbury, Mass./Shrewsbury) doubled and scored for the visitors, and first-year Fallon Tierney (Reading, Mass./Reading Memorial) drove in a run as one of three Purple Knights with a single. Sophomore Danielle Brown (Vergennes, Vt./Vergennes Union) allowed seven runs - five earned - during four innings while striking out four and walking two before first-year Anna Meusel (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxboro Regional) yielded two unearned runs in 1.2 frames.
Senior Pattie Turner homered, drove in three and scored twice for Saint Anselm, while classmate Emily Crannell was 2-for-2 with two RBIs, a double and two sacrifice hits. Junior Sam Hennequin allowed one run on four hits during a six-inning complete game, striking out six and walking none.
Senior Julie LeClair's two-out single plated an unearned run in the third to break a scoreless deadlock, but Tierney followed suit with a two-out single in the fourth to score Maksian, who had led off with a double. The Hawks countered with six runs on five hits in the home half, with Crannell hitting a two-run double and Turner following with a three-run homer. A run-scoring error and sophomore Megan Murrell's RBI single gave Saint Anselm the walk-off win in the sixth inning.
Junior Christina Brazeau (Warwick, R.I./Saint Mary Academy-Bay View) was 1-for-2 with a hit by pitch in the nightcap for the visitors, and Maksian was among three other players with a hit. First-year Molly Feeney (Valhalla, N.Y./John F. Kennedy Catholic) yielded six runs on seven hits in the first two innings, but only one run was earned. Meusel allowed two runs during 3.2 frames of relief.
Turner, sophomore Shannon McLaughlin and first-year Karoline Leavitt all homered for Saint Anselm, with Leavitt and Turner both going 2-for-4. Turner scored three times, Leavitt drove in three, and Murrell was 3-for-3. First-year Arika Brochu spun a four-hit shutout, striking out seven and walking none during the six-inning contest.
Brazeau was hit by the third pitch of the game but never moved past first base, and the Hawks scored five two-out, unearned runs on four hits and two errors in the bottom of the first inning. LeClair's RBI triple opened the scoring, and Leavitt and McLaughlin both hit two-run home runs. LeClair doubled home another run in the second. Brazeau and Maksian hit consecutive singles with two down in the third to provide Saint Michael's a sustained scoring opportunity, but the next batter grounded out, as Brochu set down 10 of the final 11 batters. Turner homered in the fourth before scoring the winning run on Leavitt's game-ending double with two out in the sixth.
The Purple Knights head to American International College tomorrow for a 3 p.m. twinbill.