WALTHAM, Mass. - The Saint Michael's College softball team concluded its 2018 season with a trio of losses at Bentley University, 1-0, 4-1 and 8-0 in five innings, on Saturday at the Bentley Softball Field. The Purple Knights, who resumed a game suspended after two and a half innings on Friday before playing a regularly-scheduled doubleheader, ended up 10-25 overall and 7-18 in the Northeast-10 Conference. The Falcons are 15-27 and 12-17.
Saint Michael's played three games on one day for the fifth time in six years, with Bentley involved for the third time. The Purple Knights hosted a true tripleheader with Merrimack College in 2013, played all but the first pitch of a triple bill with the Falcons in 2014, hosted Merrimack for a single game and Bentley for two in 2015, and took on three different opponents in Florida early in the 2017 campaign.
Senior Danielle Brown (Vergennes, Vt./Vergennes Union) was the tough-luck loser in the resumed game, allowing seven hits - all singles - while yielding an unearned run, striking out 10 and walking three. It was her sixth 10-strikeout game of the year. Sophomore Aleksandra Apkarian (Butler, N.J./Butler) finished 2-for-3 with a double, and juniors Hayley Craddock (Campbell River, British Columbia/Carihi Secondary School/Highline) and Fallon Tierney (Reading, Mass./Reading Memorial) both had a hit, a walk and a stolen base.
Sophomore Stacey Korotsky went 2-for-3 with an RBI for the Falcons, classmate Kaileigh Serafini was 2-for-3, and first-year Lauren Calabrese tossed a four-hit shutout with eight strikeouts and six walks.
A double play ended the Purple Knights' second-inning threat with runners at the corners, and Bentley scored its lone run in the home half, with a dropped foul pop allowing Korotsky to single home senior Catie Noons with two out. Four runners reached in a scoreless Saint Michael's third, and Craddock and Tierney pulled off a double steal with two down in the fifth before Calabrese fanned the final batter. Apkarian doubled with one out in the sixth but moved no further, and Craddock singled with one out in the seventh and, as the tying run, moved up on senior Chandler Wilder's (Beverly, Mass./Bishop Fenwick) sacrifice but was stranded at second.
Sophomore Torie Rathwell (Guilderland, N.Y./Guilderland) was 2-for-3 with an RBI and a double in game two, Apkarian finished 1-for-2 with a hit-by-pitch, and Craddock singled and scored. Rathwell took the loss, allowing all four runs over six innings with one strikeout and one walk.
Korotsky was 2-for-3 with a run and a double, sophomore Julie Slavin went 2-for-2, and classmate Jillian Parinello drove in two runs. Sophomore Kayleigh Fitzpatrick allowed one run on five hits in the complete game, fanning three and walking none.
Bentley scored three runs in the second inning to take the lead for good, with one run scoring on a passed ball and another two coming home on Parinello's groundout. Rathwell's RBI single cut the deficit to 3-1 in the fourth, and the Purple Knights had two in scoring position with one down but pushed no further runs across. First-year Lea Thompson's sac fly reestablished the three-run lead in the fifth, and Fitzpatrick escaped a two-on, one-out jam in the sixth by inducing consecutive fielder's choice grounders. The visitors were retired in order in the seventh.
Rathwell, Tierney and Wilder were all 1-for-2 in game three, with Rathwell tripling and Tierney doubling. Brown closed out her career by yielding three earned runs in 4.2 innings, striking out eight and walking one.
Sophomore Juliana Romeo was 2-for-3 with two runs, four RBIs and a grand slam, and Slavin went 2-for-3 with two runs. First-year Ashley Keegan spun the three-hit shutout, fanning one and walking none.
Tierney doubled with two out in the first but was stranded, and first-year Courtney Woronka's RBI single plated Slavin in the second before Noons stole home as part of a double steal. Bentley pulled away with five unearned runs the following frame, highlighted by Romeo's two-out grand slam. First-year Lindsey Allen's walk-off single clinched the win with two out in the fifth.
Brown finished among the program's top 10 in numerous statistical categories, taking second for a career in strikeouts (492), innings pitched (522.1) and shutouts (7), tying for second in appearances (102), and placing third in complete games (54), fourth in wins (19) and fifth in earned run average. Her 20 complete games this spring are good for third all time, and she stands fourth in strikeouts (167) and seventh in ERA (2.75).
Senior catcher Hannah St. Don (Lakeville, Mass./Sacred Heart) will graduate eighth in career fielding percentage (.974), and Tierney enters her senior year 17th in hits (88). Rathwell is ninth in home runs (7) and 11th in doubles (19), just one shy of the top 10. Wilder finishes with program marks for career (36) and season (20) sacrifice hits. Apkarian broke a school record with six times being hit by a pitch this spring, while Craddock had 39 hits, tying for 10th in program history with the most in nine years.