CLERMONT, Fla. - Sophomore Danielle Markowski (Ellington, Conn./Ellington) hit two home runs, including a grand slam, while classmate Katie Terban (Georgetown, Mass./Saint Mary's) hit a game-winning RBI single in the sixth inning to key the Saint Michael's College softball team's 8-6 victory over Queens (N.Y.) College to cap a two-game split on Sunday during The Spring Games at Hancock Park. The Purple Knights, now 2-2 on the season, lost to Slippery Rock (Pa.) University, 12-4 in six innings, earlier in the day.
Sophomore Torie Rathwell (Guilderland, N.Y./Guilderland) went 2-for-3 with a home run against Slippery Rock, as her five career dingers tie for 10th in program history. She was also the losing pitcher, allowing five earned runs in four innings while striking out two. Senior Hannah St. Don (Lakeville, Mass./Sacred Heart) was 1-for-2 with an RBI and a walk, while Markowski knocked a two-run double.
Senior Emily Nagle had two hits, including a triple, and four RBIs out of the leadoff spot for 9-4 Slippery Rock, while sophomore Alexa Guglielmino was also one of six players with two hits, adding three runs, two RBIs and two doubles from the No. 8 hole. Senior Paige Flore allowed one run on four hits in four innings for the win.
Thanks to singles from senior Chandler Wilder (Beverly, Mass./Bishop Fenwick) and Rathwell, and sophomore Aleksandra Apkarian (Butler, N.J./Butler) being hit by a pitch, the Purple Knights loaded the bases with two out in the top of the first inning but did not score. Senior Lauren Hawley's RBI single brought home the first run for The Rock in the home half. Saint Michael's put two on with one out the next frame, thanks in part to sophomore Julia Sevigny (Rocky Hill, Conn./Rocky Hill) picking up a hit, but a line-drive double play ended the threat, and Nagle's two-run triple keyed a three-run Slippery Rock home half.
Rathwell homered to left field in the third and, down 4-1 the next inning, the Purple Knights loaded the bases with one out but did not score. Three more Slippery Rock runs came home in the bottom half, but Saint Michael's matched that in the fifth, making it 7-4, as Markowski ripped her two-run double before St. Don came through with a two-out RBI knock. However, The Rock plated five more runs in the sixth to walk off with the win.
Markowski was 2-for-3 with two runs, five RBIs and her two homers against Queens, becoming the Purple Knights' first non-senior to go deep twice in a game since Ashley Harkins '09 on April 21, 2007. Rathwell was 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI, while Terban and junior Hayley Craddock (Campbell River, British Columbia/Carihi Secondary School/Highline) were both 2-for-4, with Terban picking up an RBI and Craddock doubling and scoring. Sevigny finished 1-for-2 with an RBI and a hit-by-pitch, while Wilder was 1-for-2 with two runs and a walk. Senior Danielle Brown (Vergennes, Vt./Vergennes Union) allowed all six runs during a complete-game effort that saw her strike out a career-high 12 batters. She took over sole possession of fifth in program history with her 13th career win, as Saint Michael's downed Queens for the first time in four meetings.
First-year Jessica Hickey led 2-5 Queens by going 1-for-2 with two runs and four RBIs, hitting a grand slam. Senior ToniMarie Valeriano drove in two runs, one night after defeating the Purple Knights in the circle, while junior Lauren Pascual allowed all eight runs - six earned - over six innings.
As the home team, Saint Michael's broke through first with five runs in the third inning, as Rathwell singled Craddock home before Markowski launched her grand slam, the first by a Purple Knight since Kate Condon '11 on March 13, 2011, one batter later. Valeriano's two-run double cut into the lead in the fourth, but Markowski slugged her second homer leading off the fifth to make it 6-2.
Hickey came up with a grand slam of her own with one down in the top half of the sixth, briefly tying the game, as Saint Michael's plated two unearned runs in the home portion. Wilder led off with a walk before Markowski reached on a two-out error. Terban then came through with her game-winning RBI single, and Sevigny followed suit with a run-scoring knock. The Knights put two on with one out in the seventh, but a grounder to shortstop allowed Craddock to catch the lead runner at third before Brown struck out the final batter.
The Purple Knights remain at Hancock Park tomorrow to take on Post University at 9 a.m. and Mercy (N.Y.) College at 11:30 a.m.