Softball suffers pair of one-run losses, 4-3 (9) and 3-2, to Assumption

Softball suffers pair of one-run losses, 4-3 (9) and 3-2, to Assumption

WORCESTER, Mass. - The Saint Michael's College softball team dropped a pair of one-run decisions to Assumption College, 4-3 in nine innings and 3-2, on Friday at Worcester Polytechnic Institute's Rooftop Field. The Purple Knights are 3-15 overall and 3-6 in the Northeast-10 Conference, while the Greyhounds improved to 11-11 and 5-3. Eight of the Purple and Gold's losses this year have been by two runs or less, with the last three by one run.

First-year Danielle Markowski (Ellington, Conn./Ellington) had the first three-hit game of her career in the opener for Saint Michael's, going 3-for-4 with an RBI, while sophomore Fallon Tierney (Reading, Mass./Reading Memorial) was 2-for-5 with a run. First-year Torie Rathwell (Guilderland, N.Y./Guilderland) was 1-for-3 with an RBI and a walk, and took a no-decision after allowing three unearned runs in 3.2 innings. Junior Danielle Brown (Vergennes, Vt./Vergennes Union) yielded one run in 4.2 frames of relief. She struck out eight.

Sophomore Julia Mazzeo led Assumption by going 2-for-4 with a run, an RBI and a double, and junior Kendal Roy tossed a complete game, allowing three runs on seven hits. She struck out seven and walked three.

Tierney led off the game with a single before coming home on Rathwell's two-out RBI single, and Rathwell left two runners in scoring position in the home half thanks to a strikeout and a groundout. The Purple Knights padded their lead to 3-0 with two runs in the third, as Markowski's single to left plated senior Christina Brazeau (Warwick, R.I./Saint Mary Academy-Bay View) before first-year Julia Sevigny's (Rocky Hill, Conn./Rocky Hill) sacrifice fly brought home senior Danielle Barbato (Hillsdale, N.Y./Taconic Hills).

Assumption drew even in the fourth with three unearned runs, as a sacrifice fly, groundout and sophomore Victoria Petrie's RBI single knotted the game. After Tierney's one-out single in the visitor half of the fourth, Roy set down 17 of the final 18 Purple Knight hitters, and each of the last 13. Mazzeo led off the bottom of the ninth with a single before senior Cassidy Colby singled her to third base with one down. With the Saint Michael's infield huddling in the circle following the play, Mazzeo raced to an unoccupied home plate for the winning run.

Rathwell was 2-for-2 with two runs, an RBI, a walk and her fourth home run of the season in the nightcap, and Markowski finished 1-for-3 with an RBI. Brown allowed all three runs, only one of which was earned, on five hits in three-plus innings before Rathwell spun three frames of one-hit, shutout softball. With four dingers this season, Rathwell tied a first-year program record held by Kathy O'Neil '81 and Dawn Stanger '81, set in 1978.

Petrie was 2-for-2 for the hosts, and Colby went 1-for-2 with an RBI and a walk. Senior Jurnee Serating-Ware allowed two runs on four hits in a complete game, striking out four and walking one.

Senior Ashley Clark led off the first inning with a single before taking second and scoring on an error, but the Purple Knights knotted the game in the fourth when, with runners at the corners, Markowski grounded to third base and Rathwell beat the fielder's throw home. Two Greyhounds scored in the home half, with the first coming home on an infield error and the second being plated on Colby's single. Rathwell homered to right center in the sixth to cut the deficit to 3-2 and, after junior Chandler Wilder (Beverly, Mass./Bishop Fenwick) reached on a two-out error in the seventh, the batter representing the go-ahead run popped up to shortstop to end the game.

The teams conclude their three-game weekend series with a single contest tomorrow at 10 a.m.