CLERMONT, Fla. - The Saint Michael's College softball team continued a 10-game Spring Break trip in Florida against 22nd-ranked Wayne State (Mich.) University on Saturday, falling twice in five innings, 8-0 and 9-1, during The Spring Games at Legends Way. The Purple Knights are 0-6, while the Warriors, whose national ranking is according to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA), are 21-4. Wayne State qualified for nine of the last 10 NCAA Tournaments, advancing to the 2014 World Series.
In the opener, junior Christina Brazeau (Warwick, R.I./Saint Mary Academy-Bay View) and sophomore Kaleigh Fallon (Mashpee, Mass./Sturgis Charter Public School) picked up hits for Saint Michael's, while first-year Anna Meusel (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxboro Regional) took the loss after allowing six earned runs over two innings. Classmate Molly Feeney (Valhalla, N.Y./John F. Kennedy Catholic) came on to yield no earned runs during two frames of relief.
Senior Jade McGarr went 3-for-3 with two runs and an RBI for the Warriors, while junior Emily Cava was 2-for-2 with two RBIs, a run and a double. Redshirt junior Lyndsey Butler tossed four innings of two-hit, shutout ball, striking out six and walking none.
Homestanding Wayne State scored six runs on four hits in the first inning and one run apiece in the following two frames. With two down in the third inning, Fallon and Brazeau picked up back-to-back singles, but Butler induced a groundout to end the threat, beginning a game-ending run of setting down seven straight batters.
In game two, sophomore Hannah St. Don (Lakeville, Mass./Sacred Heart) singled and scored, and senior Judi Barcavage (Cold Spring, N.Y./Haldane) and junior Sarah Bagley (Concord, Mass./Concord-Carlisle) added singles. Feeney allowed nine earned runs during a complete-game effort.
Redshirt senior Shelby Spano and first-year Hannah McClounie both went 3-for-3 for Wayne State, with Spano hitting two doubles, while Butler finished 3-for-4. Sophomore Haley Hurd went 3.1 innings to earn the win, yielding one run on two hits.
Sophomore Kylee Barrett hit a sacrifice fly in the second inning while Feeney limited the Warriors to just that run heading into the fourth inning, when eight runs came home on eight hits. Spano's two-run single and first-year Megan Guitar's two-run triple were the big blows. St. Don singled to lead off the home half of the fourth, moved to second on senior Danielle DelGreco's (Lexington, Mass./Lexington) sacrifice bunt and took third on Barcavage's knock. She came around to score on a wild pitch, and senior Jenna Maksian (Shrewsbury, Mass./Shrewsbury) followed with a walk to put two on, but Butler picked up a strikeout and fly ball out in relief to end the Purple Knights' scoring opportunity.
The Purple Knights break tomorrow before continuing their Florida trip against Northeast-10 Conference foe Southern Connecticut State University for a 9 a.m. non-league doubleheader on Monday.