EASTON, Mass. – Sophomore Pattie Turner (Warwick, R.I.) went 3-for-3 with a home run and junior Kasey Moran (Medford, Mass.) was 2-for-3 with a double as the Saint Anselm College softball team picked up a 4-1 win over Stonehill College in game two of a Northeast-10 doubleheader. The first game went to the Skyhawks, who came from behind for the 5-4 victory.
With the split, Saint Anselm moves to 25-13 overall, 17-9 in the conference and 14-6 in the Northeast Division. The Skyhawks now stand at 20-24, 14-14 NE-10, 11-9 NE-10 NE. The Hawks are sitting in a first-place tie with Southern New Hampshire in the Northeast Division. With a Saint Anselm win tomorrow in game one (against Stonehill) and a Southern New Hampshire loss (against Assumption), the Hawks will clinch the Northeast Division regular season title. They cannot finish lower than the No. 2 seed.
After three scoreless innings in game two, the Hawks finally broke through in the fourth when Turner started a two-out rally with a single through the right side. Senior Gina Treglia (Fairfield, Conn.) followed up that performance with another single and then sophomore Emily Crannell (Wilmington, Mass.) doubled to left center to score Turner. In the next at bat, senior Nicole Boucher (Woonsocket, R.I.) was intentionally walked and Moran made the Skyhawks pay the price with a double to left center that scored both Treglia and Crannell. Stonehill finally recorded the third out, but not before Saint Anselm put up three runs on four hits.
The Skyhawks earned one back in the bottom of the inning when Megan Staudle scored on a Michelle Carbone double down the left-field line. Saint Anselm tacked on one more in the sixth when Turner led off the frame with a home run to left.
Junior pitcher Paige Cormier (Rochester, N.H.) threw the complete game for the Hawks, allowing seven hits, while striking out four and walking one. Megan Ruonavaara was tagged with the loss for Stonehill.
Saint Anselm took hold of a 4-0 lead by the second inning of game one, but surrendered the advantage, giving up five unearned runs in the final two innings to grant Stonehill the win.
The Hawks jumped on the board in the first when senior Olivia Story (Middleton, Mass.) scored Boucher on a sacrifice fly and junior Hannah Byrne (Lynn, Mass.) hit a two–run double down the right-field line to score senior Monique Gauthier (Canton, Conn.) and sophomore Julie LeClair (Taunton, Mass.). Saint Anselm pushed across their fourth run when Treglia scored on a LeClair single through the right side.
Stonehill took advantage of a pair of errors in the sixth to plate two runs and then used an RBI groundout from Ruonavaara and an RBI single from Lindsay McKillop to tie the game. In the top of the seventh, the Hawks put a pair of runners on base thanks to a Byrne double and a Treglia hit-by-pitch, but the Skyhawks escaped the threat.
Stonehill tallied the game-winning run when a Carbone single scored Alison Sumski, who reached on an error to lead off the stanza. Trask threw seven innings in the first game and was dished the loss, despite not allowing an earned run, while giving up six hits and striking out three.
Boucher was 3-for 4 with a stolen base, LeClair was 3-for-3 (double, RBI), Story was 2-for-3 (RBI) and Byrne was 2-for-4 (2 doubles, 2 RBI).
The Hawks return to action Saturday, April 26 at 12:30 p.m. when they travel to Stonehill and continue their four-game series with the Skyhawks to wrap up the regular season. 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.