MANCHESTER, N.H. – Senior Olivia Story (Middleton, Mass.) went 5-for-8, homered and drove in six runs as the Saint Anselm College softball team split a doubleheader with Southern New Hampshire University on Tuesday afternoon at South Athletic Field. The Hawks suffered a 6-3 10-inning loss in the first game before posting a 7-0 win in game two.
The Hawks are now 21-12 on the season, including 13-8 in Northeast-10 play and 10-5 in the Northeast Division, while the Penmen move to 24-13, 13-9 NE-10, 12-6 NE-10 NE. The teams are now tied atop the Northeast Division standings in percentage points, but SNHU has played three more games than Saint Anselm.
The teams were locked in a pitcher's duel through the first seven innings of game one as junior Tayla Trask (Lincoln, Maine) and Ali Maloof kept matching zeroes. In the eighth, however, Katie Caruso hit a two-out, two-run homer to center off Trask to give Southern New Hampshire a 2-0 lead.
Saint Anselm battled back in the bottom of the inning, however, with senior Gina Treglia (Fairfield, Conn.) leading off the frame with base hit up the middle. Freshman Sam Hennequin (Auburn, N.H.) pinch ran for Treglia and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by junior Kasey Moran (Medford, Mass.). Story then followed with a clutch two-run blast to center that knotted the game back up at 2-2.
The Penmen went back on top, 3-2, in the ninth on Erin Morrissey's RBI single to right, but the Hawks again had the answer in the bottom of the inning as senior Monique Gauthier (Canton, Conn.) drove a one-out homer to left to even the game at 3-3.
In the 10th, however, SNHU broke through with three runs as an RBI single to right by Caruso, an error that brought in a run and a run-scoring groundout to first from Cara Daly made it 6-3.
Saint Anselm would not go quietly as they loaded the bases with one out, but Maloof induced a fly out to center and a pop up back to her to finally end the game.
Trask (12-5) allowed six runs – three earned – on 10 hits, while striking out three and walking two over 10.0 innings. Maloof (14-7), meanwhile, gave up three runs on five hits, with seven strikeouts and three walks in 10.0 innings.
Story went 2-for-4 with the home run, two RBI and run scored, while Gauthier (home run, RBI, run) and Treglia were both 1-for-4. Junior Hannah Byrne (Lynn, Mass.) had the other hit for the Hawks as she was 1-for-3 with a walk.
Saint Anselm, which served as the visiting team in game two after an April 16 contest at SNHU was postponed, jumped out to an early lead in the first as an RBI single up the middle from sophomore Emily Crannell (Wilmington, Mass.), a run-scoring double down the left field line by Gauthier and another RBI single to left from Story staked the Hawks to a 3-0 advantage.
They broke it open in the second as sophomore Pattie Turner (Warwick, R.I.) drew a bases-loaded walk before Story drilled a bases-clearing double to center that made it 7-0.
Junior Paige Cormier (Rochester, N.H.) made it all stand up as she tossed a complete-game shutout, allowing just three hits, while striking out one and walking one.
Story (four RBI) and Crannell (RBI, two runs) both went 3-for-4, while Gauthier was 2-for-4 with an RBI and run scored.
The Hawks return to action Wednesday, April 23 when they play host to Saint Michael's College in doubleheader action beginning at 3 p.m. 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.