Softball tops Ursuline as part of day-two split in Florida

CLERMONT, Fla. – The Saint Anselm College softball team split its two games on its second day at THE Spring Games, defeating Ursuline College by an 8-1 score before falling 10-2 to the University of the Sciences in five innings on Saturday at Hancock Park.

Saint Anselm 8, Ursuline 1 | Box

Megan Murrell hit her first home run of the season for Saint Anselm (5-3), slugging a two-run shot in the third and the Hawks ran away from Ursuline (1-2) with a five-run sixth in the opener. Murrell was one of three Hawks with two RBI in the game, joining Amanda Bickford and Shannon Colson.

Rookie Courtney Fisher went the distance in the circle for Saint Anselm, limiting the Arrows to one run on four hits with one walk and four strikeouts to even her record at 2-2.

The Hawks took advantage of three walks to put a run on the board in the top of the first. Maddison Leite drew a bases-loaded walk to bring in Bickford with one out, before Gina Rosshirt got two strikeouts to limit the damage to one. Rosshirt allowed eight runs on seven hits and five walks in 5.1 innings for Ursuline with four strikeouts.

Saint Anselm extended its lead to 3-0 in the third on Murrell's 11th-career home run, tying her for eighth in program history with Liz LeBrun '10. The home run was a towering shot to right that followed a walk to Jordan O'Connor.

Ursuline scored its lone run of the game in the home half of the fourth on a two-out RBI single by Karlie Wilbur after a double by Leah Leshnack. Leading 3-1, Saint Anselm put the game out of reach in the sixth by scoring five runs on six hits.

After the first batter was retired, eight-straight hitters reached base for the Hawks. Three consecutive singles loaded the bases for Colson, who dropped a two-run single down the left-field line to score a pair. Two batters later with the bases still full, Bickford doubled to the left-center field gap to plate two more. Freshman Kat Stackrow capped the big inning with a RBI bunt single and Fisher took care of the rest to see out the victory.

USciences 10, Saint Anselm 2 (5 inn.) | Box

USciences broke a 1-1 tie open with a seven-run third inning and went on to close out Saint Anselm, 10-2, in five innings. Emily Torres delivered a grand slam in the big third inning for the Devils, while Emily Harris was 2-for-3 with three runs scored and a walk.

Bickford and Murrell each went 2-for-3 for the Hawks, with Bickford scoring a run and Murrell driving in her team-high 10th run of the season. Stackrow knocked in the other run for Saint Anselm.

The Devils went ahead 1-0 early on a two-out RBI single by Lauren Davis in the top of the first, but the Hawks came right back to tie it at 1-1 in the bottom of the inning. Murrell blooped a run-scoring single over the second baseman to score Bickford for a two-out RBI of her own.

USciences scored seven runs on just four hits in the third. With two runs already in in the inning, Madison LaPlante singled to left with the bases loaded to make it 4-1 and Torres followed with a grand slam to center to finish the seven-run inning for the Devils.

In the fourth, USciences added two more runs to go ahead 10-1. Saint Anselm finished the scoring with a run in the bottom of the fifth on a Stackrow sacrifice fly down the left-field line after a Bickford double left runners at second and third with one out.

Kaitlyn Gaynor earned the victory for the Devils, allowing two runs (one earned) on seven hits in a five-inning complete game while striking out four. Abbie Murrell fanned four in 2.1 innings for the Hawks, while Brianna Burley worked the final 2.2 innings in relief.

Saint Anselm plays its third of four-straight doubleheaders in Clermont, Fla. on Sunday, March 4. The Hawks start the day against Concordia (N.Y.) at 5:30 p.m. before playing Northern St. at 7:30 p.m.