Saint Michael's swept by Franklin Pierce, teams combine for 12 home runs

Saint Michael's swept by Franklin Pierce, teams combine for 12 home runs

COLCHESTER, Vt. - On a day when 12 home runs left Doc Jacobs Field, the Saint Michael's College softball team was swept in a doubleheader by Franklin Pierce University, 15-1 in five innings and 14-9, on Tuesday. The Purple Knights moved to 3-28 overall and 2-18 in the Northeast-10 Conference, with only the first match-up a league game, as the hosts' five homers in game two are believed to be a school record. The Ravens are 14-18 and 9-9. The Purple and Gold wrapped up its home slate with the two contests.

In the opener, junior Christina Brazeau (Warwick, R.I./Saint Mary Academy-Bay View) was 2-for-2 with a run and a walk for the hosts and sophomore Chandler Wilder (Beverly, Mass./Bishop Fenwick) finished 2-for-2. Seniors Judi Barcavage (Cold Spring, N.Y./Haldane) and Danielle DelGreco (Lexington, Mass./Lexington) were both 2-for-3, as DelGreco added an RBI and a double. She moved into a tie for eighth in program history with 20 career doubles, tying Meagan Newland '05 and Bethany Falls '14. Sophomore Danielle Brown (Vergennes, Vt./Vergennes Union) took the loss after allowing seven runs, six of them earned, in two-plus innings.

Senior Erin Wood led Franklin Pierce by going 3-for-3 with three runs, four RBIs and two home runs, and classmate Courtney Caputo was 2-for-3 with four runs, two RBIs, a walk, a double and a stolen base. Sophomores Samantha Bonvino and Jaclyn Cortese added home runs, and senior Amanda Adee allowed one run on eight hits in four innings to nab the win.

The Ravens led 5-0 after the opening frame thanks to Bonvino's two-run homer and Cortese's three-run drive. Saint Michael's loaded the bases with one out in the second, but a pair of fielder's choice ground balls ended the threat. Wood hit a two-run shot during a three-run third before DelGreco doubled home Brazeau with two down in the home half, but Wood added another two-run homer in the fourth. Five more Ravens came home in the fifth, including two on Caputo's single.

Eight more home runs were hit in game two, with five by Purple Knights, matching their season total entering the game and exceeding their season figure for each of the past three seasons. First-year Fallon Tierney (Reading, Mass./Reading Memorial) was 3-for-3 with two runs and her first collegiate homer, Barcavage went 3-for-4 with two runs, two RBIs, a double and a homer, and junior Caroline Staples (Stoughton, Mass./Fontbonne Academy) ended up 2-for-4 with two runs, two RBIs and a home run. Brazeau and junior Danielle Barbato (Hillsdale, N.Y./Taconic Hills) also went deep, with Brazeau 2-for-4 with two runs and a double, and first-year Payton Witalec (Ballston Spa, N.Y./Ballston Spa) added a 2-for-4 performance with two RBIs. First-year Molly Feeney (Valhalla, N.Y./John F. Kennedy Catholic) yielded the first nine runs in 3.1 innings to absorb the loss.

Sophomore Abbigael Cook went 4-for-5 with three runs, two RBIs and a double for the visitors, classmate Aubrey Bianco was 3-for-4 with three runs and two RBIs while finishing a single shy of the cycle, and first-year Madison Ryan batted 3-for-5 with two runs, two RBIs and a homer. Wood left the yard again, and sophomore Cassidy Sorenson drove in three runs. As the first of two relievers, first-year Abby Paquette allowed two earned runs in 3.2 frames to pick up the victory.

Purple Knights homered in each of the first three innings, with Brazeau and Barcavage going down the left-field line in the first and second, respectively, before Barbato and Staples found left center in the third, with Staples homering after Brazeau doubled. The first three home runs were solo shots, and the hosts led 5-1 entering the fourth. Staples added a nice sliding catch in right field for the first out of the second frame.

Franklin Pierce sent 12 batters to the plate in the fourth inning, when eight runs scored on nine hits. Bianco, Ryan and Wood each swatted a longball during the frame. Three more Ravens had run-scoring hits in the fifth, all with two down, and the visitors led 12-5. Tierney drilled a solo home run to center field in the bottom half, and the hosts loaded the bases with two out in the sixth but couldn't push across a run. Sorenson's two-out, two-run single gave Franklin Pierce insurance runs in the seventh, when Barcavage's RBI double into the left-field corner and Witalec's two-run single off the center field fence created a 14-9 margin with two down. However, the final batter grounded out.

The Purple Knights hit the road tomorrow to face Bentley University at 3 p.m. and Southern New Hampshire University at 7 p.m.