COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College softball team split a Senior Day doubleheader with Bentley University on Friday, taking game two, 3-1, after losing the opener, 11-1, during Northeast-10 Conference play at Doc Jacobs Field. Seniors Aleksandra Apkarian (Butler, N.J./Butler), Molly Feeney (Valhalla, N.Y./John F. Kennedy Catholic) and Fallon Tierney (Reading, Mass./Reading Memorial) were honored prior to their final college home games.
- Saint Michael's (3-27, 2-17 NE10), Bentley (16-21, 12-10 NE10)
SAINT MICHAEL'S LEADERS
- First-year Courtney Norton (Georgetown, Mass./Bishop Fenwick), 2-for-3, R
- Senior Molly Feeney (Valhalla, N.Y./John F. Kennedy Catholic), 1-for-3, RBI; 7 IP, 19 H, 11 R, 9 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
- Junior Julie Slavin, 4-for-5, 2 R, 3 RBIs, HR, SB
- Junior Stacey Korotsky, 4-for-5, 2 R, 2 RBIs
- Junior Juliana Romeo, 3-for-5, 2 R, 3 RBIs, HR, SB
- Sophomore Ashley Keegan, 7 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K
- First-year Ella Hillier's sacrifice fly plated a first-inning run for the Falcons before Korotsky's two-out RBI single made it 2-0 in the second.
- Feeney's two-out RBI knock was the third consecutive hit for the Purple Knights in the home half of the second, as Norton and junior Julia Sevigny (Rocky Hill, Conn./Rocky Hill) preceded her with singles. Keegan fanned the final two hitters to preserve the 2-1 lead.
- Bentley pulled away thanks to Romeo's three-run homer in the third and Slavin's two-run home run in the fourth.
- Four more Falcons came home in the seventh, with two of the runs unearned.
SAINT MICHAEL'S LEADERS
- Sevigny, 2 BB
- First-year Leigh Brandenburg (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury), 2-for-3, R, BB, outfield assist
- Junior Torie Rathwell (Guilderland, N.Y./Guilderland), 1-for-3, R; 7 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 K (career high), Win
- Junior Danielle Markowski (Ellington, Conn./Ellington), 1-for-3, R
- Korotsky, 2-for-4
- Romeo, 1-for-3, R
- Sophomore Lauren Calabrese, 2.1 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, Loss
- Junior Kayleigh Fitzpatrick, 3.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K
- The Falcons outhit the Purple Knights, 8-4.
- Rathwell tied Stephanie Frank '13 for 12th in program history in career hits (104).
- Including Friday's opener, six of the eight contests between the teams in the past three years have been decided by four runs or fewer.
- Brandenburg led off the home half of the first with a bunt single before Apkarian walked, but two line-drive outs and a groundout helped Calabrese escape the jam.
- In the second, Romeo led off with an infield single and stole second before coming home on junior Kaileigh Serafini's two-out RBI single. After Serafini moved up 60 feet on a wild pitch, she tried scoring on Korotsky's single to right, but right fielder Brandenburg cut her down at the plate to keep it 1-0.
- Saint Michael's went ahead with three runs on one hit and two errors in the third, as only one of eight batters hit the ball out of the infield. Brandenburg led off with a walk before moving to second on senior Aleksandra Apkarian's (Butler, N.J./Butler) sacrifice bunt and scoring when Rathwell's ground ball was thrown away. Rathwell came home on senior Fallon Tierney's (Reading, Mass./Reading Memorial) safety squeeze, and Norton's fielder's choice scored Markowski.
- Serafini and sophomore Lindsey Allen both reached scoring position with one out in the fifth, but consecutive popups to sophomore second baseman Sydney Longley (East Granby, Conn./The Ethel Walker School) ended the frame.
- In the sixth, junior Gabby Casalino led off with a single, but catcher Tierney caught the pinch runner trying to steal second. Two more Falcons ended up reaching in the inning, with both standing in scoring position with two down, but the final hitter flew out to Brandenburg in right.
- Slavin drew a two-out walk in the seventh to bring the tying run to the plate, but that batter lined out to Brandenburg to end the game.
NEXT SAINT MICHAEL'S GAME
- Monday at No. 13 Southern New Hampshire University, 3 p.m.
- Monday vs. Bentley at Southern New Hampshire, 5 p.m.
- The Penmen's national ranking is according to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA).