COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College softball team was swept by Southern New Hampshire University, 3-1 in eight innings and 5-0, during a Northeast-10 Conference doubleheader on Thursday at Doc Jacobs Field. In a twinbill already postponed twice due to inclement weather and played with intermittent snowfall, which included a four-minute weather delay in the second contest, the Purple Knights slipped to 6-21 overall and 3-14 in the league, as 11 of their losses have come by three runs or less. The Penmen, who were first in this week's first NCAA East Region poll, improved to 31-9 and 14-6.
Sophomore Danielle Markowski (Ellington, Conn./Ellington) drilled her fourth home run of the season in the opener, and junior Hayley Craddock (Campbell River, British Columbia/Carihi Secondary School/Highline) and sophomores Torie Rathwell (Guilderland, N.Y./Guilderland) and Julia Sevigny (Rocky Hill, Conn./Rocky Hill) also added hits. Senior Chandler Wilder (Beverly, Mass./Bishop Fenwick) dropped her school-record 15th sacrifice bunt of the season, and classmate Danielle Brown (Vergennes, Vt./Vergennes Union) took the loss after allowing two earned runs in a complete-game effort, striking out two and walking one.
Sophomore Jordan Wade was 2-for-2 with a walk, a hit-by-pitch, double and an RBI for the Penmen, while senior Brittany Perdigao and first-year Coralie Mathieu also had two knocks. Sophomore Maddy Barone went the route, yielding one run on four hits while fanning nine and walking none.
Brown pitched around one base runner in each of the first three innings before inducing an inning-ending grounder to Rathwell at third base to escape a two-on jam in the fourth. Senior Katie Horiuchi led off the fifth with a double but was left at third after a popup and two grounders to Rathwell. Barone retired the first 14 Purple Knight batters until Markowski broke the perfect game, no-hitter and shutout by drilling a 1-2 pitch down the left field line for a home run with two down in the fifth. Wade's two-out RBI double plated an unearned tying run in the sixth.
Sevigny and Craddock knocked consecutive pitches into center field with one out in the home half before Wilder's sac bunt moved them into scoring position, but the final batter popped out. Rathwell led off the seventh with a single before sophomore Aleksandra Apkarian's (Butler, N.J./Butler) sac bunt moved sophomore pinch runner Sarah Wight (Hingham, Mass./Hingham) into scoring position, but Barone fanned the final two batters. With two out and a runner at third in the Penmen eighth, sophomore Erin Tyrrell's dribbler a little up the first base line allowed the winning run to score, and she later came around on Barone's single. The hosts went down 1-2-3 in the bottom half.
Craddock, Markowski, Sevigny and junior Fallon Tierney (Reading, Mass./Reading Memorial) all had hits in the nightcap, while Rathwell took the loss after allowing four earned runs during a complete game.
Junior Erin Garczynski was 2-for-4 with two runs, an RBI and a double, and senior Sarah Lavallee homered among two hits while spinning a four-hit shutout. Wade was 2-for-3 with a walk, and Mathieu drove in two runs.
The visitors scored twice on two hits and two errors in the first inning before leaving the bases loaded, and added a third run on Garczynski's RBI groundout in the second. Wilder walked with one down in the fourth as the Purple Knights' first base runner before Lavallee made it 4-0 with a leadoff homer in the fifth. Sevigny, Craddock and Tierney strung together singles in the bottom of the sixth, bringing the tying run to the plate, but Lavallee got her to ground out to shortstop, and Mathieu's RBI single provided insurance in the seventh.
The Purple Knights host Stonehill College for a doubleheader on Saturday at 12 p.m., beginning a three-game weekend series.