CLERMONT, Fla. – Sophomore Emily Crannell (Wilmington, Mass.) had a team-high two hits and senior Nicole Boucher (Woonsocket, R.I.) hit a homerun in the second game as the Saint Anselm College softball team took down Ashland, 3-0, before falling to Saginaw Valley, 4-3, in extra innings, Friday afternoon for spring training games in Clermont, Fla.
The Hawks will move to 5-3 with the split, while the Eagles drop to 8-3 and the Cardinals improve to 6-3.
Saint Anselm put up three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, to take a 3-0 lead, which they would hold onto for the win.
Senior Olivia Story (Middleton, Mass.) led off the inning with a walk and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from sophomore Pattie Turner (Warwick, R.I.). Senior Monique Gauthier (Canton, Conn.) singled through the left side to get on base and push Story to third. Sophomore Julie LeClair (Taunton, Mass.) hit a high-fly ball that was dropped by the right fielder, allowing both Story and Gauthier to score, putting the Hawks on the board, 2-0. Crannell hit an RBI double to left center to score LeClair for the final run of the game.
Junior pitcher Tayla Trask (Lincoln, Maine) pitched the complete-game shutout, striking out five batters, including four thorough the final three innings.
Boucher wasted no time putting Saint Anselm on the board as she homered to center field in the first at bat of the game. Saint Anselm made it a 2-0 game when junior Kasey Moran (Medford, Mass.) scored on a passed ball.
The Hawks pushed a third run across the plate in the top of the fifth when Boucher hit a sacrifice fly to right field, scoring Crannell, who reached on a single to left.
The Cardinals earned one back in the sixth when Emily Hayward scored on a Chelsea Adcock double to left-center field. Saginaw Valley eventually tied the game at 3-3 in the seventh when Mackenzie Rousse led off the inning with a double to center, before Shelby Weeks hit another double for the RBI. Weeks moved to third on an Abby Stoner single and scored when Hayward hit her in.
Saint Anselm retired the last batter for the third out in the inning and forced the game into extra innings.
Boucher got on base via a walk in the eighth, to put runners on both first and second, but they were both left on base heading into the bottom half of the inning. Defensively, the Hawks allowed two runners on base, but junior pitcher Paige Cormier (Rochester, N.H.) worked a ground out and a fly out to get leave both runners out there.
To start the ninth, Turner placed a bunt single down the first base line, putting runners on both first and third with no outs. Story started the inning on second, due to the tie-breaker rule. The Cardinals retired three-straight batters to end the inning, leaving both Story and Turner stranded on base.
The Cardinals picked up the walk-off win when Jordan Randall singled up the middle to score Rousse, who began the inning on second.
Cormier struck out six over eight innings.
The Hawks will return to action Saturday, March 8 at 8 a.m. when they play against West Liberty at the National Training Center. Stay up-to-date with the latest news, including game previews and recaps, directly from the Saint Anselm College athletic department by liking us on Facebook and following us on Twitter @STAHawks.