CLERMONT, Fla. – Junior pitcher Tayla Trask (Lincoln, Maine) pitched a complete-game shutout for the second straight day as the Saint Anselm College softball team took down West Liberty State University, 6-0, Saturday morning at the National Training Center. In the second game of the day's action, the Hawks fell to the University of Mary, 12-1.
With the split, Saint Anselm wraps up its spring training trip to Clermont, Fla. and begins the season at 6-4, while the Hilltoppers drop to 0-3 and Mary improves to 14-7.
Senior Nicole Boucher (Woonsocket, R.I.) put Saint Anselm on the board in the bottom of the third when she scored from third on an errant thrown by the West Liberty catcher.
The Hawks tacked on five more runs in the bottom of the sixth to bring the game to its final score of 6-0. Sophomore Pattie Turner (Warwick, R.I.) started the five-run rally with a single through the left side. After stealing second base, she advanced to third on a single from senior Monique Gauthier (Canton, Conn.). Gauthier also advanced to second on the play.
Sophomore Emily Crannell (Wilmington, Mass.) laid down a bunt single in the following at bat to knock in Turner for a 2-0 lead. After senior Gina Treglia (Fairfield, Conn.) reached on a fielder's choice and sophomore Julie LeClair (Taunton, Mass.) worked a walk, the bases were loaded for freshman Stephanie Storro (Leominster, Mass.), who put the ball in play, causing a West Liberty error, scoring all runners on base.
Saint Anselm scored the final run of the game when freshman Sam Hennequin (Auburn, N.H.) singled to center field to score Storro.
Trask improves to 5-0 on the season as she struck out nine across seven innings for the win.
LeClair singled to left field and scored on a Crannell sacrifice fly for the Hawks' lone run of the game. Junior pitcher Paige Cormier (Rochester, N.H.) struck out two batters over four innings for Saint Anselm. Crannell had the only other hit for the Hawks in the game – a single up the middle in the first inning.
The Hawks will return to action Wednesday, March 22 at 12 p.m. when they travel to Pace University for a double header. 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.