COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College softball team closed out its home slate with a 6-0 loss to regional power Saint Anselm College on Tuesday at Doc Jacobs Field. The Purple Knights are 9-22 overall and 6-15 in the Northeast-10 Conference, while the Hawks improved to 33-9-1 and 20-3-1. Saint Anselm, which has already clinched the NE10 Northeast Division title, is second in the latest NCAA East Region poll and was receiving votes toward last week's National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) national poll.
Juniors Hayley Craddock (Campbell River, British Columbia/Carihi Secondary School/Highline) and Fallon Tierney (Reading, Mass./Reading Memorial) and sophomores Danielle Markowski (Ellington, Conn./Ellington) and Katie Terban (Georgetown, Mass./Saint Mary's) all picked up hits for the hosts, while senior Danielle Brown (Vergennes, Vt./Vergennes Union) allowed five earned runs, striking out two and walking two. Classmate Hannah St. Don (Lakeville, Mass./Sacred Heart) drew a walk in two plate appearances.
Junior Jordan O'Connor was 3-for-3 with two runs, an RBI, a double and a stolen base for the Hawks, while first-year Kat Stackrow was 2-for-3 with three RBIs and a double. Classmate Courtney Fisher tossed a four-hit shutout while striking out two and walking one.
Brown pitched around a one-out double in the first inning before left fielder Tierney made a sliding catch to end the second with two Saint Anselm runners on base. Senior center fielder Chandler Wilder (Beverly, Mass./Bishop Fenwick) made a diving catch of her own for the second out in the following frame, and the teams were scoreless heading into the fourth. With two down, Stackrow sent a flare into center, where Wilder was unable to make what would have been a difficult catch, to score teammates from second and third and make it 2-0.
Tierney singled leading off the home half, but a line drive was snared in left field before the Hawks turned a 4-6-3 double play to end the threat. Sophomore Shannon Colson ripped an RBI triple before scoring on the play in the fifth. The Purple Knights rallied in the bottom portion of the inning, as Terban singled through the left side with two down before St. Don walked on a full-count pitch, but a fielder's choice ended the frame.
Stackrow's RBI double pushed the lead to 5-0 in the sixth, which ended on sophomore right fielder Julia Sevigny (Rocky Hill, Conn./Rocky Hill) catching the second out before cutting down a runner trying to score. O'Connor's RBI double with two out in the seventh accounted for the final run, but Brown, whose 465 career strikeouts are good for second in program history, fittingly fanned the final batter she ever faced on Doc Jacobs Field. She became the third Purple Knight to pass the 500-innings-pitched plateau during the game, with 504.2.
The Purple Knights visit Franklin Pierce University on Thursday for a 4 p.m. contest. The game was originally scheduled for tomorrow but has been pushed back due to expected inclement weather.