COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College softball team lost a pair of Northeast-10 Conference contests to the University of New Haven, 4-1 and 2-1, on Sunday at Doc Jacobs Field.
- Saint Michael's (2-18, 1-9 NE10), New Haven (17-10, 12-3 NE10)
SAINT MICHAEL'S LEADERS
- Senior Aleksandra Apkarian (Butler, N.J./Butler), 2-for-3, R, BB, 2B
- Junior Torie Rathwell (Guilderland, N.Y./Guilderland), 2-for-3, RBI, BB, 2B
- First-year Leigh Brandenburg (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury), 1-for-2, 2 SAC
- Sophomore Sydney Longley (East Granby, Conn./The Ethel Walker School), 7 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
- First-year Mya Case, 2-for-3, R, 3 RBIs, 2B, SB
- Senior Sierra Whitlock, 2-for-4, 2 R, 2B, SB
- First-year Ava Fitzmaurice, 7 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K
- The Purple Knights hosted the Chargers for the first time since April 25, 2011.
- Both teams registered six hits, with the visitors holding a 3-2 edge in extra-base knocks, all doubles.
- The top two hitters in the New Haven order - Whitlock and Case - combined to go 4-for-7, while Longley held the remainder of the Chargers to 2-for-20 hitting.
- Rathwell moved out of a tie for second in program history in career doubles (26) while moving alone into 10th in RBIs (45).
- Whitlock hit the first pitch of the game into the right field corner for a double before scoring on the next pitch, a Case single up the middle.
- Apkarian led off the home half with a single, and an error put two on with no one out, but three straight balls hit to infielders ended the threat.
- Sophomore Katrina Aponte doubled to lead off the second before moving to third on a groundout, but junior first baseman Danielle Markowski (Ellington, Conn./Ellington) made a diving catch toward the line on the next hitter to rob the visitors of another run.
- Whitlock led off the third with a single before stealing second and scoring on Case's double. Case later scored on a wild pitch to make it 3-0.
- Apkarian led off the third with a walk and came around for the first Purple Knight run when Rathwell singled with two out.
- Brandenburg made a diving catch in right field to end the third inning before junior center fielder Julia Sevigny (Rocky Hill, Conn./Rocky Hill) slid in for a catch to start the fourth.
- Case's RBI groundout in the fifth added to the New Haven lead.
- In a 4-1 game, Apkarian doubled with one down in the seventh before moving up on Brandenburg's single. Rathwell walked with two down to load the bases, bringing the winning run to the plate. However, the final batter bounced into a fielder's choice on the first pitch.
SAINT MICHAEL'S LEADERS
- Markowski, 2-for-3, R
- Apkarian, 1-for-3, BB
- Rathwell, BB; 7 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K
- Sophomore Maggie Welling (Baltimore, Md./Maryvale Preparatory School), 0-for-0, RBI, BB, 2 HP
- First-year Courtney Norton (Georgetown, Mass./Bishop Fenwick), 1-for-2
- Case, 0-for-1, BB, HP, SB
- Senior Madison Derosia, 1-for-3, R, RBI, 2B
- Junior Megan Butts, 1.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
- First-year Mia Iodice, 5.2, 1 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 8 K, Win
- Saint Michael's outhit New Haven, 4-2.
- The Chargers scored both of their runs and put three of their six base runners on during one four-hitter span in the fourth inning.
- Rathwell worked around two walks in a scoreless opening frame.
- The Purple Knights loaded the bases with one down in the second when Markowski and Norton sandwiched singles around a Sevigny walk. Welling was hit by a pitch as Iodice's first batter out of the bullpen to drive in a run before the final two Purple and Gold hitters struck out.
- Case was hit by a pitch and stole second with two down in the third as the tying run but was stranded.
- Apkarian and Rathwell walked consecutively to begin a scoreless third.
- Sophomore Melissa Bike walked with one out in the fourth inning, and Derosia broke up the no-hit bid with a two-out RBI double to right, tying the contest. Senior Vanessa Strohm followed up with an RBI single to left as the final Charger to reach base in the game.
- Welling and Brandenburg both drew free passes in the home half but were left on.
- Saint Michael's left one runner on in each the fifth and sixth innings before bringing the tying run to the plate three times in the seventh, when Iodice put the Purple Knights down in order.
NEXT SAINT MICHAEL'S GAME
- Tuesday vs. No. 16 Southern New Hampshire University, 3 p.m.
- The Purple Knights will hold a Hope Happens Here (HHH) Mental Health Awareness Game.