COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College softball team was swept by Assumption College, 10-8 and 8-4, during a Northeast-10 Conference doubleheader on Saturday at Doc Jacobs Field. The Purple Knights fell to 3-24 overall and 2-15 in the league, while the Greyhounds moved to 13-20 and 10-10.
During the opener for Saint Michael's, which opened a six-game homestand over a four-day stretch, first-year Fallon Tierney (Reading, Mass./Reading Memorial) was 3-for-4 with two RBIs, a run and a double, while junior Christina Brazeau (Warwick, R.I./Saint Mary Academy-Bay View) was 2-for-3 with two runs, an RBI, a walk, a home run, a double and a hit by pitch. Senior Judi Barcavage (Cold Spring, N.Y./Haldane) and junior Danielle Barbato (Hillsdale, N.Y./Taconic Hills) were both 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI, with Barbato doubling. Senior Jenna Maksian (Shrewsbury, Mass./Shrewsbury) doubled and drove in two runs, while sophomore Danielle Brown (Vergennes, Vt./Vergennes Union) allowed seven runs, with two earned, on seven hits in four innings.
Junior Ashley Clark was a home run shy of the cycle for Assumption, going 3-for-4 with three runs, and classmate Ashley Abad went 2-for-4 with two RBIs. First-year Julia Mazzeo homered and drove in two, while classmate Caitlin Mirabell doubled, scored twice and drove in a pair. Both of sophomore Stephanie Menard's hits were doubles. Classmate Kendal Roy allowed six runs, but just two earned, on eight hits in four-plus innings to pick up the win before senior Jess Underwood, the third Greyhound hurler, earned the four-batter save.
The Purple Knights scored four runs, all unearned and with two down, during the second inning, with Maksian doubling home a pair before Tierney singled two more across. Mirabell's sacrifice fly put Assumption on the board in the third before six runs came home in the fourth, with only one earned. Mazzeo's two-run homer was the big blow. Junior Caroline Staples (Stoughton, Mass./Fontbonne Academy) and Barbato came through with consecutive RBI singles to make it 7-6 in the fifth, and the hosts put the tying run at second with one down but moved her no further.
Abad's RBI single started a three-run sixth that gave the Greyhounds a 10-6 lead, but Brazeau homered with one down in the sixth and Barcavage's RBI single scored Barbato in the seventh. With two on and no one out, Underwood entered the 10-8 game and induced her first two batters to tap into fielder's choices. Brazeau drew a walk to load the bases with two down, but the final batter struck out with the tying run on second base.
In the nightcap, Maksian and Staples both batted 2-for-4 with a run, and Barbato and senior Danielle DelGreco (Lexington, Mass./Lexington) picked up doubles. First-year Molly Feeney (Valhalla, N.Y./John F. Kennedy Catholic) allowed all eight runs during 6.2 innings.
Clark again went 3-for-4, doubling and scoring once. Menard finished 3-for-3 with two runs, two RBIs and a home run, and senior Kayla Moniz was 2-for-4 with two runs, three RBIs and a homer. Senior Christina Caira also went deep among her two hits and two RBIs. Underwood picked up the win, allowing two runs on seven hits in 5.1 innings.
Menard homered with one out in the second before Moniz and Menard came through with consecutive RBI singles with two down in the third to make it 3-0. The Purple Knights plated single runs in the fourth and sixth to draw within 3-2, as Barcavage ripped a two-out RBI single and DelGreco scored Staples with an RBI groundout. Assumption broke out for five runs on five hits in the seventh, with Caira and Moniz both hitting two-run home runs. Saint Michael's pushed a pair of unearned runs across in the home half, as Tierney singled home junior pinch runner Sarah Bagley (Concord, Mass./Concord-Carlisle) before Maksian scored on a wild pitch. With Tierney at third, the final batter popped out.
Saint Michael's completes its three-game weekend series with Assumption tomorrow at 12 p.m. before hosting Saint Anselm College at 2 p.m. The Purple Knights' four seniors will be honored prior to the opening contest.