RINDGE, N.H. – Karoline Leavitt knocked in a pair of runs and Julie LeClair homered as the Saint Anselm College softball team was edged 6-5 by Franklin Pierce on Tuesday afternoon at Bisaccia Complex.
Leavitt was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI and LeClair reached base all three times for Saint Anselm (4-11, 0-3 NE-10). Franklin Pierce (5-8, 1-0 NE-10) broke a 5-5 tie in the bottom of the fifth and got a complete-game performance from Patricia Hansen, who improved to 5-1 this season.
The two teams combined for seven runs in the first inning, beginning with a three-run top of the inning for the Hawks. With two outs, Pattie Turner doubled home Emily Crannell to open the scoring. After a walk to LeClair left runners on first and second, Leavitt hit a two-bagger to right to score two but was thrown out on the bases to end the inning.
In the bottom of the inning, the Ravens scored four runs on just two hits. Franklin Pierce loaded the bases with two outs and plated runs on a bases-loaded walk, a wild pitch, a passed ball and a single by Morgan Cahill, who was 3-for-3 with two RBI in the game.
Down by a run, Saint Anselm evened the score at 4-4 in the top of the second when Shannon McLaughlin scored from third while Jordan O'Connor was caught stealing. The pair had hit back-to-back singles with one out in the frame.
Franklin Pierce reclaimed a one-run lead in the bottom of the third on a RBI double off the bat of Jaclyn Cortese. Cortese was 1-for-1 with two walks, two runs scored and two RBI for the Ravens.
LeClair hit a solo shot for her second home run of the season to lead off the fourth inning to tie the game again. The score remained 5-5 until Cahill drove in Cortese with a two-out double in the home half of the fifth.
Saint Anselm had a chance to at least tie the game in the top of the seventh. With one out, O'Connor reached on an error and Amanda Bickford singled up the middle to put two runners on. However, Hansen completed the win by retiring the final two batters.
Sam Hennequin pitched well for the Hawks in relief but took the loss, allowing one run on one hit and one walk in 3.2 innings while fanning a season-high six.
Saint Anselm continues a stretch of six-straight road games to begin NE-10 play with a doubleheader at Stonehill on Saturday, March 26. First pitch for game one is at noon.