Softball tops Franklin Pierce behind big days from Parravano and Thompson

RINDGE, N.H. – All nine position players had at least one hit, led by three each from Ellie Parravano and Erin Thompson, as the Saint Anselm College softball team completed a sweep of the regular-season series with Franklin Pierce by a 7-1 scoreline in a Northeast-10 Conference game on Wednesday afternoon at Bisaccia Sotball Complex.

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In her first-career game for Saint Anselm (6-9, 4-3 NE10, 3-0 NE10 NE), Parravano went 3-for-3 with a double, a walk, two RBI and three runs, while Thompson was 3-for-3 with her first-collegiate home run and three RBI. For the second day in a row, Sam Hennequin shut down Franklin Pierce (0-19, 0-9 NE10, 0-5 NE10 NE), holding the Ravens to one run on five hits with eight strikeouts to improve to 5-2 this season.

In addition to Parravano and Thompson's three-hit days, Michaela Kane and Maggie Murphy were each 2-for-5 at the dish and Shannon McLaughlin reached base three times, going 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored. The Hawks' 16 hits were a season-high and team's most since tallying 17 in a 14-0 win over Saint Michael's on April 17, 2016. Saint Anselm also stole six bases in the win, marking the third time since 2001 the Hawks have swiped six bases in a game.

After a scoreless first inning, the Hawks put up a four-spot in the top of the second. With runners on second and third and nobody out, Parravno doubled to left center in her first-career at-bat to score McLaughlin and Leiandra Wilson. Thompson, the next batter, followed with a two-run home run to center to force an early pitching change for Franklin Pierce.

Aubrey Bianco's solo home run with one out in the bottom of the second was the lone run the Ravens managed off Hennequin. The score remained 4-1 until Jordan O'Connor singled in Parravano with two outs in the top of the fifth after Parravano singled to lead off the inning and moved up to third on a pair of ground outs.

The Hawks tacked on two more runs in the top of the sixth. With runners on the corners and two outs, Thompson plated McLaughlin with a single to left and Amanda Bickford delivered a RBI single down the left-field line to score Parravano. Bickford's hit gave her at least one base knock in 12 of the last 13 games for the Hawks.

Franklin Pierce mounted a late threat in the bottom of the sixth, loading the bases with one out on three-straight singles. Hennequin, however, escaped the jam when O'Connor snagged a line drive off the bat of Ashley Deyo and doubled the runner off third to end the threat.

The Ravens used three pitchers in the game. Amelia Mamone threw the first inning before being chased early in the second and took the loss to fall to 0-2. Bianco completed five innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on 10 hits. Abbie Paquette tossed a scoreless seventh for the hosts.

Saint Anselm continues its busy week with a doubleheader against crosstown-rival Southern New Hampshire University on Thursday, April 13 beginning at 3 p.m. at South Athletic Fields.

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