PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. - Senior Danielle Brown (Vergennes, Vt./Vergennes Union) tossed her second straight one-hitter to help the Saint Michael's College softball team down Pace University, 2-1, during a doubleheader split of their Northeast-10 Conference openers on Saturday at Pace Field. The Purple Knights, now 4-8 overall, lost a 5-1 decision in the nightcap to the 2-8 Setters, who qualified for two of the past three NCAA Tournaments.
Brown allowed only a triple to the leadoff batter during her complete-game effort, striking out eight and walking four with the one run earned. With her last game also a one-hitter during which she allowed a double, Brown has not surrendered a single in 14.2 innings, and her streak of not yielding an earned run ended at 18.2 innings on Saturday. Brown's earned run average over her last four-plus games is now a miniscule 0.31, and she took over sole possession of fourth place in program history with her 15th career victory.
Sophomore Torie Rathwell (Guilderland, N.Y./Guilderland) was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a double, while junior Hayley Craddock (Campbell River, British Columbia/Carihi Secondary School/Highline) finished 2-for-4 with two runs. Senior Chandler Wilder (Beverly, Mass./Bishop Fenwick) doubled in her only at bat while laying down two sacrifice hits, moving into a three-way tie for third in school annals with 23 for her career. After losing their first 16 contests at Pace, the Purple Knights have now split consecutive doubleheaders there.
Senior Larissa Labs had Pace's only hit, and sophomore Emma Bernet took the loss after allowing two runs - one earned - on six hits over seven innings with five strikeouts and no walks.
Craddock led off the game with a single, moved up on Wilder's sac bunt and scored on Rathwell's two-out RBI double, staking Brown to a lead before she threw a pitch. After yielding a leadoff triple to Labs in the home half, Brown tossed seven hitless innings, allowing five base runners. She kept Labs from scoring by inducing two fly ball outs and garnering a strikeout, and Rathwell's two-out RBI single scored Craddock to make it 2-0 in the third.
Pace cut the deficit in half during the fourth inning, loading the bases on two walks and a hit batsman before first-year Briana Ryan walked to force in a run with one out, but Brown fanned the next batter and got the final Setter to tap out to senior catcher Hannah St. Don (Lakeville, Mass./Sacred Heart). Brown retired the final 11 hitters.
Craddock was 2-for-4 with a run and a double in the nightcap, sophomore Julia Sevigny (Rocky Hill, Conn./Rocky Hill) ended up 2-for-3, and classmate Aleksandra Apkarian (Butler, N.J./Butler) had a hit and a walk in three plate appearances. Rathwell took the loss after allowing four runs - three earned - in five innings. She struck out three and walked none.
Junior Annie Carberry was 3-for-3 with an RBI for Pace, and Labs batted 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI. Senior Jaclyn Flores took the complete-game win, yielding only an unearned run on six hits. She struck out five and walked one.
Craddock led off the game with a single during a scoreless opening frame, and sophomore Stephanie Wang scored Labs with an RBI single in the home half, the first of four straight one-run innings for the hosts. Apkarian was thrown out trying to score on Sevigny's single in the second, and a wild pitch plated another Setter in the bottom half before Craddock doubled and scored on an error in the third, making it 2-1.
Junior Aby Brambila's two-out RBI single added to the lead in the third, and sophomore Katie Terban's (Georgetown, Mass./Saint Mary's) two-out double in the fourth was followed by a Sevigny single that put runners at the corners, but the final Purple Knight struck out. Labs doubled home a run in the bottom half and Carberry's single plated Labs in the sixth before right fielder Sevigny cut down a second runner trying to score on the play.
The Purple Knights take on Adelphi University tomorrow for a 3 p.m. doubleheader that will be played at the University of New Haven. The Panthers won the 2017 NE10 Championship and NCAA East Regional before falling in the East Super Regional to cap their sixth straight trip to the NCAA Tournament.