EASTON, Mass. - The Saint Michael's College softball team opened a three-game weekend series at Stonehill College with a 3-1 loss on Saturday at Fr. Gartland Field. The Purple Knights slipped to 6-18 overall and 6-9 in the Northeast-10 Conference, while the Skyhawks are 11-22 and 9-7. Within the Northeast Division, Saint Michael's is now 2.5 games short of Stonehill for fourth place, as each of the top four qualify for the postseason.
Originally scheduled to be a doubleheader on Saturday, the second contest was moved to Sunday after the beginning of the twinbill was pushed back more than five hours due to inclement weather. The teams square off tomorrow for a pair of contests beginning at 12 p.m.
Saint Michael's is 5-7 since April 9, with five losses coming by two runs or fewer. Senior Christina Brazeau (Warwick, R.I./Saint Mary Academy-Bay View) went 2-for-3, while first-year Danielle Markowski (Ellington, Conn./Ellington) slugged her first collegiate home run. Junior Danielle Brown (Vergennes, Vt./Vergennes Union) allowed only four hits and two earned runs during a complete-game loss, striking out seven and walking none.
Junior Erin Brayden hit a two-run home run for Stonehill, while classmate Michelle Carbone joined her in going 1-for-2 while scoring once and driving in one. Senior Cassandra Squeri also tossed a complete-game four-hitter, fanning six and walking no one.
Brazeau singled with one down in the first before moving 60 feet when senior Danielle Barbato (Hillsdale, N.Y./Taconic Hills) was hit by a pitch with two out, but the final batter grounded out. After Squeri was stranded at second to end the second, sophomore Fallon Tierney (Reading, Mass./Reading Memorial) singled and reached second on a passed ball in the third before being left in scoring position.
With two down in the fourth, Brayden launched her two-run homer, breaking the scoreless deadlock. Brazeau led off the sixth with a single to bring the tying run to the plate, but the next two Purple Knights hit into fielder's choices, and the final hitter lined out to shortstop. Carbone made it 3-0 with a sac fly in the home half. Markowski led off the seventh with a home run to left, but the next three batters went down in order.