CLERMONT, Fla. - The Saint Michael's College softball team lost a pair of two-run decisions on Monday during The Spring Games at Hancock Park, falling against Post University, 2-0, and Mercy (N.Y.) College, 6-4. The Purple Knights are now 2-4 on their 10-game Spring Break trip.
Senior Danielle Brown (Vergennes, Vt./Vergennes Union) was the hard-luck loser against Post, allowing only two unearned runs in the first inning before not allowing a hit to the final 19 batters. She settled for the two-hitter, striking out nine and walking two. Junior Fallon Tierney (Reading, Mass./Reading Memorial) was 2-for-3, and senior Hannah St. Don (Lakeville, Mass./Sacred Heart) doubled and walked in three plate appearances.
First-year Demi Rivera had a hit, run and RBI for 1-2 Post, while senior Sara Selimovski went 1-for-2 with an RBI, a walk and a double. Sophomore southpaw Brianna Koref spun the six-hit shutout, striking out one.
Junior Hayley Craddock (Campbell River, British Columbia/Carihi Secondary School/Highline) and Tierney both singled in the top of the first inning before moving up 60 feet on a groundout but being stranded. Post scored all of the runs it would need in the home half, as Brown fanned two of the first three batters, but the middle hitter reached on an error. Demi Rivera followed with an infield single, which brought sophomore Leyri Rivera home, and Selimovski drove an RBI double that made it 2-0.
The Purple Knights continued to threaten but hit into three double plays in the ensuing five innings. St. Don doubled with one down in the fifth but was erased after Craddock's line drive was caught by Leyri Rivera at shortstop, and senior Chandler Wilder (Beverly, Mass./Bishop Fenwick) and Tierney hit consecutive singles to begin the sixth, but a ground ball twin killing and another groundout thwarted the rally. Brown worked around two walks for a scoreless sixth frame, and sophomore Julia Sevigny (Rocky Hill, Conn./Rocky Hill) walked with two out in the seventh to bring the tying run to the plate, but the final hitter popped up.
Tierney finished 2-for-4 with two runs in the nightcap, Craddock was 2-for-4 with a run and two doubles, while sophomore Danielle Markowski (Ellington, Conn./Ellington) went 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Classmate Torie Rathwell (Guilderland, N.Y./Guilderland) was also 2-for-4 with an RBI and a double, while sophomore Katie Terban (Georgetown, Mass./Saint Mary's) had a hit and walked. Brown worked another complete game, yielding four earned runs while striking out eight and walking two.
Senior Cassidy Wootten batted 3-for-4 with two runs, two RBIs and two home runs for 7-3 Mercy, and sophomore Destini Bullock hit a solo homer, scored twice and walked. Junior Yazzy Jameson went five innings to nab the win, allowing one run while striking out four, while junior Kaylee Stevens worked the final two innings to pick up the save. Stevens gave up the final three runs, two of which were earned.
Bullock hit a solo homer in the top of the second inning to put Mercy on top, and Terban and sophomore Aleksandra Apkarian (Butler, N.J./Butler) both singled with one out in the home half to place runners at the corners in a scoreless frame. Rathwell's two-out RBI single plated Craddock, who had doubled, with the tying run in the third, but Wootten's solo shot made it 2-1 in the fourth, and junior Mackenzie Dunlop's two-run single pushed the lead to three in the sixth.
Saint Michael's got two runs back in the home half, with Markowski hitting an RBI single before junior pinch runner Anna Meusel (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxboro Regional) scored on an error. Wootten drilled her second home run to key a two-run seventh, but Markowski again came through with an RBI knock in the bottom half, making it 6-4. The Purple Knights twice brought the winning run to the plate, but the first batter popped up and the final hitter struck out.
The Purple Knights break for a day before returning to action on Wednesday at Legends Way against Saint Thomas Aquinas (N.Y.) College at 4:30 p.m. and Edinboro (Pa.) University at 7 p.m.