O'Connor, softball close Myrtle Beach trip with third-straight win

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – Junior Jordan O'Connor went 3-for-3 with two doubles and two RBI as the Saint Anselm College softball team closed out its trip to Myrtle Beach with an 8-3 victory over Georgian Court on Sunday morning at Market Commons Complex.

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O'Connor's three-hit game was the second of her career at Saint Anselm (4-1) and sent the Hawks to their third-straight victory. Georgian Court (2-3) grabbed an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first, but Saint Anselm scored the next eight runs to grab the victory.

Maggie Murphy went 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored and a stolen base, Amanda Bickford scored three runs and Kat Stackrow knocked a two-run triple for the first runs batted in of her young career.

Morgan Perry picked up her third win in as many starts this season, allowing one run on three hits with a walk and five strikeouts in four innings. She has an ERA of 0.82 through three starts. Courtney Fisher struck out three over three innings of relief, surrendering two unearned runs.

Georgian Court got on the board first, starting the top of the first with a single by Malia Black and a double by Caitlin Hughes, leaving two in scoring position. Malaya Black drove in her twin sister with a grounder, but Saint Anselm turned a 1-3-2 double play to end the frame.

In the bottom of the inning, Lauren Washburn tied it up with her first-career RBI, plating Erin Thompson with a two-out single to center. After Perry struck out the side in the second, the Hawks put three on the board in the second to take the lead for good.

A walk to Maggie Farrell and singles by Murphy and Shannon McLaughlin loaded the bases with nobody out. After a force play at home, Thompson singled to second, scoring one, and another run came around on a throwing error. O'Connor followed with a RBI double to right center, chasing Jennifer Tellefsen, but Jessica O'Neil got the final two outs to keep the damage to three.

In the fourth, Megan Murrell doubled in Bickford, who had singled to start the inning and moved to third on an O'Connor double with one out. The Hawks loaded the bases with one out, but O'Neil wriggled out of the jam.

With runners on second and third and one out in the fifth, Stackrow tripled down the right-field line to score Bickford and Murphy. O'Connor followed with a sacrifice fly to make it 8-1. The Lions scored unearned runs in the sixth and seventh.

Saint Anselm returns to the Northeast for the remainder of February before traveling to Clermont, Fla., where the Hawks will play 14 games from March 2-10.