CLERMONT, Fla. - The Saint Michael's College softball team lost a pair of decisions on Wednesday during The Spring Games at Legends Way, yielding every run in the first inning of a 4-0 setback against Saint Thomas Aquinas (N.Y.) College before dropping a 1-0 contest to Edinboro (Pa.) University under the lights. The Purple Knights are now 2-6 on the season, with each contest coming on their Spring Break trip.
Junior Hayley Craddock (Campbell River, British Columbia/Carihi Secondary School/Highline) was 2-for-3 in the opener, while classmate Fallon Tierney (Reading, Mass./Reading Memorial) socked a double. Sophomore Torie Rathwell (Guilderland, N.Y./Guilderland) suffered the loss after allowing all four runs, with three earned, on seven hits in 5.1 innings. She struck out three and walked two. Senior Danielle Brown (Vergennes, Vt./Vergennes Union) retired all five batters she faced in relief, including three on strikes.
Sophomore Ashley Landolina finished 2-for-4 with a run for the 2-10 Spartans, while junior Briana Keaveney worked the five-hit shutout, striking out two and walking none. Senior Danielle DiModugno was 1-for-2 with a run, an RBI and a walk.
As the visiting team, Saint Thomas Aquinas scored all four of the game's runs in the top of the first inning. DiModugno's bases-loaded RBI single made it 1-0, and junior Alyssa Chelak followed with an RBI knock while another run scored on an error on the play. A fielder's choice brought DiModugno around to make it 4-0.
After the first seven Spartans reached base, only four of the final 24 followed suit, including just one of the last 16. The Purple Knights never had multiple runners on base at the same time, with sophomore Aleksandra Apkarian (Butler, N.J./Butler) and Craddock singling in the second and third innings, respectively, but being stranded. Tierney led off the fourth with a double but was cut down at third trying to advance on a fly ball.
Brown was the hard-luck loser in the nightcap, allowing an unearned run on five hits while striking out a career-high 12 batters for the second time in three days. She walked only two. Craddock had a hit and stolen base.
Junior Danna Heh was 2-for-3 with the run and a steal for the 2-7 Fighting Scots, and classmate Amanda Metz tossed a three-hit shutout with five strikeouts and no walks. Junior Cheyenne Bothun had the RBI.
As the visiting team, Saint Michael's threatened in the top of the first, with Craddock singling leading off, moving 60 feet on senior Chandler Wilder's (Beverly, Mass./Bishop Fenwick) 20th career sacrifice hit - tying Katelyn Billings '10 for seventh in program history - and taking third on Tierney's fly ball, but being left there.
Craddock reached on a two-out error in the third and stole second, advancing no further. In the fourth, Rathwell was safe on a miscue before Apkarian came through with a two-out single, but the duo was stranded. In the home half, Heh beat out an infield single and stole second before moving to third on a passed ball. With two down, Bothun hit a ground ball in the hole that shortstop Craddock dove to keep on the infield, but Heh came home.
Rathwell knocked a one-out single in the sixth, and sophomore Danielle Markowski (Ellington, Conn./Ellington) lined a shot to left field that just dropped in front of the fielder, and Edinboro was able to get the lead runner at second. The next batter grounded out, the first of the final four Purple Knights to go down in order.
The Purple Knights complete their 10-game Spring Break trip tomorrow by facing Northwood (Mich.) University at 1 p.m. and Jefferson (Pa.) University at 3 p.m. at Hancock Field.