Softball swept in tripleheader during Florida Spring Break trip

Softball swept in tripleheader during Florida Spring Break trip

CLERMONT, Fla. - The Saint Michael's College softball team lost three times on Tuesday during The Spring Games at Legends Way, falling 11-0 in five innings to Bemidji State (Minn.) University, 13-9 against the University of Bridgeport, and 5-3 versus Concordia University-Saint Paul (Minn.). It was the Purple Knights' second tripleheader in three seasons, and its third time playing three complete games in one day over the past five springs.

First-year Torie Rathwell (Guilderland, N.Y./Guilderland) went 1-for-2 to pick up her first collegiate hit in the opener, while sophomore Fallon Tierney (Reading, Mass./Reading Memorial) walked. Rathwell took the loss in the circle, allowing eight runs, four of which were earned, in 1.2 innings. She struck out two and walked two.

Sophomore Kelsey McAllister was 2-for-2 with two runs, two RBIs, a walk and a double for 4-3 Bemidji State, senior Alayna Krejci went 2-for-3 with two RBIs, and first-year Olivia Tucker drove in three. Junior Alexandra Ripka scored three runs, senior Angie Roberts hit a solo home run, scored twice and walked, while classmate Jessica Yost spun the five-inning, one-hit shutout with 12 strikeouts and one walk.

The Beavers loaded the bases with one down in the bottom half of the first before Rathwell fanned the next batter to nearly wriggle out of the jam, but sophomore Makayla Pagel walked to force in a run, and Tucker's three-run double made it 4-0. Rathwell knocked a two-out single in the top of the second before being left on, and Bemidji State scored unearned four runs in the home half, keyed by McAllister's two-run double. The Beavers plated two in the third, one being Roberts, before Roberts hit her solo homer with two down in the fourth.

Senior Christina Brazeau (Warwick, R.I./Saint Mary Academy-Bay View) went 2-for-3 with two runs, an RBI, a double, a hit-by-pitch, a stolen base and a sacrifice bunt versus Bridgeport, and Rathwell was 2-for-4 with one run, five RBIs, a double and a home run. Senior Danielle Barbato (Hillsdale, N.Y./Taconic Hills) was 2-for-4 with two runs, an RBI and a double, junior Hannah St. Don (Lakeville, Mass./Sacred Heart) batted 2-for-3 with a run, a walk and a triple, while senior Caroline Staples (Stoughton, Mass./Fontbonne Academy) turned in a 2-for-3 effort with a run, a walk and a double. Junior Chandler Wilder (Beverly, Mass./Bishop Fenwick) picked up a pair of hits, and classmate Danielle Brown (Vergennes, Vt./Vergennes Union) took the loss after allowing nine runs in three-plus innings.

Sophomore Jenna DiLorenzo belted two home runs for 8-2 Bridgeport while going 3-for-4 with three runs, four RBIs and a walk, and junior Gabryelle Dubois was 4-for-5 with three runs, two RBIs, a home run and a double. Sophomore Kamryn Beach also homered. First-year Ashley Eisnor earned the win after allowing six earned runs in 4.2 innings before senior Kaitlyn Lajoie tossed 1.1 frames of relief for the save.

DiLorenzo's two-run homer keyed a four-run top of the first, and Dubois hit a two-run home run of her own during a five-run fourth, with first-year Samantha Sabor's two-run double pushing the lead to 10-1. Saint Michael's responded with six runs in the fifth, as Brazeau doubled home St. Don, Rathwell blasted a two-out, three-run dinger, and first-year Katie Terban (Georgetown, Mass./Saint Mary's) knocked an RBI single for her first collegiate hit.

Beach led off the sixth with a solo shot, but Rathwell's two-out, two-run double in the home half drew Saint Michael's within 11-9. DiLorenzo's second two-run shot pushed the lead back to four runs in the seventh, and St. Don and Brazeau were stranded in the bottom half, as the tying run never came to the plate.

Rathwell was 3-for-3 with an RBI against Concordia-Saint Paul, Wilder finished 1-for-2 with two runs and two walks, while Barbato doubled, scored and drove in a run. Rathwell also spun two shutout innings in relief of Brown, who yielded all five runs, with four earned, in four innings. She struck out three and walked one.

For the 4-11 Golden Bears, junior Nicole Thompson was 3-for-4 with two of her team's six stolen bases, while sophomore Justine Schattner finished 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI. First-year Samantha Sullivan tossed a complete game, allowing three runs, with two earned, in addition to striking out eight and walking three.

Saint Michael's scored first, with Wilder coming home on a two-out error in the top of the first inning before the Golden Bears scored three runs on four hits in the second, with two runs scoring on stolen-base plays. Junior Haley Schanks' sacrifice fly in the third and a Schattner two-out RBI single in fourth pushed the Concordia-Saint Paul lead to 5-1, but Saint Michael's struck for two two-out runs in the fifth, on Barbato's RBI double and a Rathwell RBI single. The Purple Knights brought the tying run to the plate later in the fifth while also doing so in the sixth, thanks to St. Don's leadoff walk, but were prevented from scoring further.

After a day off, the Purple Knights take on Edinboro (Pa.) University on Thursday at 8 a.m. and Saint Thomas Aquinas (N.Y.) College at 10:30 a.m.

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