WORCESTER, Mass. - The Saint Michael's College softball team concluded a three-game weekend series with a loss to Assumption College, 5-0, on Saturday at Marois Field during Northeast-10 Conference play. The Purple Knights are 3-16 overall and 3-7 in the league, while the Greyhounds improved to 12-11 and 6-3 after the three-game sweep. Saint Michael's is amid a run of 12 games in 11 days.
Sophomore Fallon Tierney (Reading, Mass./Reading Memorial) led the visitors by going 2-for-4, while six others had one hit, including as senior Caroline Staples (Stoughton, Mass./Fontbonne Academy) and first-year Torie Rathwell (Guilderland, N.Y./Guilderland) both doubled. Junior Danielle Brown (Vergennes, Vt./Vergennes Union) took the loss after allowing two runs in one-plus inning. Rathwell allowed the final three runs, two of which were earned, in four innings, striking out three and walking two. Sophomore Anna Meusel (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxboro Regional) spun a shutout sixth, retiring three of her four batters, including one on strikes.
Junior Stephanie Menard was 2-for-3 with a solo home run for the Greyhounds, and sophomore Victoria Petrie was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a double. Two others had two hits, and junior Kendal Roy scattered eight hits for the complete-game shutout. She struck out three and walked none.
Tierney led off the game with a single before moving up on senior Christina Brazeau's (Warwick, R.I./Saint Mary Academy-Bay View) sacrifice bunt, but Roy fanned the next two hitters. In the home half, senior Ashley Clark tripled to begin the frame and came home on junior Nicole Duplease's sacrifice fly for the winning run. Menard led off the second with a homer, and a second run scored on an error later in the inning.
Down 3-0, the Purple Knights put two on to begin the third when juniors Hannah St. Don (Lakeville, Mass./Sacred Heart) and Chandler Wilder (Beverly, Mass./Bishop Fenwick) reached on back-to-back singles. However, a fielder's choice and consecutive fly balls ended the threat. Rathwell led off the fourth with a double before being erased on a double play, and Petrie came through with a two-out, two-run double in the fifth.
Saint Michael's continued to threaten, with Staples doubling with two down in the sixth before moving 60 feet on first-year Danielle Markowski's (Ellington, Conn./Ellington) single, but Roy induced a popup to end the inning. In the seventh, Tierney and Brazeau both singled with two down before the last batter popped to shortstop.
The Purple Knights visit Franklin Pierce University on Monday for a 4 p.m. doubleheader.