Softball Drops A Pair To Le Moyne, 10-6 and 4-2

April 27, 2006
Contact: Daniel O'Reilly
Phone: (802) 654-2929 

COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College dropped a pair of games to Le Moyne College in Northeast-10 Conference softball action on Thursday afternoon at Doc Jacobs Field. In the opener, the Purple Knights fell to the Dolphins, 10-6, and in game two, Saint Michael's (14-20, 8-12 NE-10) lost to Le Moyne (22-14, 14-6 NE-10), 4-2.

In game one, sophomore Sarah Reed (DeWitt, N.Y./Jamesville) junior Meggan Roberge (Sheldon Springs, Vt./Missisquoi Valley Union) each turned in complete game efforts, as both pitchers struck out nine batters and walked a pair. At the plate, Reed helped her cause by going 2-for-4, scoring two runs and batting in three, while classmate Emma Murphy (East Syracuse, N.Y./East Syracuse) went 1-for-3, scoring twice and earning two RBIs. Freshman Caitlin O'Neill (Pittsford, N.Y./Our Lady of Mercy), meanwhile, collected three hits for the Dolphins in four at bats, driving in three runners and scoring once.

For the Purple Knights, Roberge and freshman Ashley Harkins (Colchester, Vt./Colchester) each went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Freshman Megan O'Connor (Georgetown, Mass./Georgetown) scored and drove in two runners, going 2-for-3 at the plate.

Le Moyne jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning when junior Lindsay Spaziani (Horseheads, N.Y./Horseheads) drew a two out walk that was followed by Reed's third home run of the season. Saint Michael's got one of those runs back in the bottom of the second thanks to Roberge's RBI double that drove in Harkins, who had reached base on a single. The Dolphins rallied for four more runs in the top of the third inning, and tacked on four over the following two innings to put the game out of reach for the home team.

In game two, junior Martha Senko (Pine City, N.Y./Elmira Free Academy) paced the visitors by allowing just one earned run in seven innings of work, striking out five batters and giving up six hits and no walks. On the other side, O'Connor went the distance, giving up six hits and three earned runs, striking out eight and walking one. Freshman Jennifer Farrelly (Latham, N.Y./Shaker) knocked a pair of hits in three at-bats for Le Moyne, while Murphy drove in two. O'Connor helped the Purple Knights, going 2-for-3 with a run batted in.

In the bottom of the first inning, junior Casey Brooks (Colchester, Vt./Colchester) singled to left field, tallying her 120th career base hit, tying the program record set by 2005 Saint Michael's graduate Noelle Gill. Standing on third base with two outs, Brooks came across to score when classmate Meg Currier (Greenfield, Mass./Stoneleigh-Burnham) reached on a throwing error on O'Neill. Saint Michael's doubled their lead in the third, and entered the seventh inning with a 2-0 advantage.

Following a fielding error by Brooks, the Dolphins rallied for three runs before the Purple Knights could record an out, and added one more before the inning was over, and Saint Michael's was unable to respond in the bottom half of the inning despite bringing the tying run to the plate.

Saint Michael's will return to action on Saturday when they travel to Stonehill College for a 2 p.m. contest with the Skyhawks. Le Moyne, meanwhile, will travel to Merrimack College on Saturday for a 12 p.m. match up.