CLERMONT, Fla. – Seniors Nicole Boucher (Woonsocket, R.I.) and Olivia Story (Middleton, Mass.) each had three hits on the day as the Saint Anselm College softball team doubled up on both Dowling College, 6-3, and Chestnut Hill College, 2-1, in extra innings Tuesday in spring training games at the National Training Center in Clermont, Fla.
Saint Anselm bumps to 3-1 on the young season, while Dowling drops to 2-3 and Chestnut Hill falls to 0-5.
Dowling opened the game by scoring three runs on four hits in the top of the first inning. The Hawks left two on base in the bottom half of the inning and eventually came back to take a 5-2 lead in the following inning. Senior Gina Treglia (Fairfield, Conn.) started the rally with a walk, heading to first base with one out. Boucher then got the offense moving with an RBI double to left field, scoring Treglia, before both Boucher and sophomore Michaela Criscione (Franklin, Mass.) scored on the following play to bring the game to a score of 3-3.
Sophomore Pattie Turner (Warwick, R.I.) and senior Monique Gauthier (Canton, Conn.) were hit by the pitch in back-to-back plays, loading the bases for sophomore Julie LeClair (Taunton, Mass.), who walked to force in Moran. Story wrapped up the inning with an RBI single to the shortstop, scoring Turner and putting the Hawks ahead, 5-4.
Treglia scored again on a Boucher triple to center field, bringing the game to its final score of 6-3 in the third. Junior pitcher Tayla Trask (Lincoln, Maine) struck out six through seven innings, giving up three earned runs.
Saint Anselm went into extra innings with the Griffins, scoring a pair of runs in the top of the eighth. With freshman Stephanie Storro (Leominster, Mass.) placed on second due to the tie-breaker rule, Boucher laid down a bunt single, allowing Storro to round the bases to home.
Moran successfully put down a sacrifice bunt on the following play, pushing Boucher to second, before she advanced to third on the throw. Turner then grounded out to the pitcher, but knocked Boucher home in the meantime. With the 2-0 lead, the Hawks looked to preserve the win in the bottom of the inning.
Chestnut Hill laced a double to left field to score its runner, who was placed on second to start the inning. Saint Anselm junior pitcher Paige Cormier (Rochester, N.H.) worked a pop-up for the first out, before a deep fly ball was chased down by Gauthier and she gunned down the runner on second for the double play.
Cormier pitched all eight innings, striking out nine for the win.
The Hawks will return to action Wednesday, March 5 at 1 p.m. when they play against Concordia (N.Y.) College 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.