Twenty-seven hits lead softball to wins over Concordia (N.Y.) and Northern St.

Twenty-seven hits lead softball to wins over Concordia (N.Y.) and Northern St.

CLERMONT, Fla. – On its third day of play at THE Spring Games, the Saint Anselm College softball team pounded 27 hits on its way to victories over Concordia (N.Y) and Northern State, topping the Clippers 7-0 and the Wolves 13-3 in five innings on Sunday at Legends Way Ballfields.

Senior Amanda Bickford and sophomore Shannon Colson led the way offensively, with Bickford going 5-for-8 with two runs and three RBI, while Colson was 6-for-7 with two runs, three RBI and three stolen bases. The Hawks scored runs in nine out of their 11 innings at the plate on the day.

Saint Anselm 7, Concordia (N.Y.) 0 | Box

In the opener, Colson was 3-for-4 with a RBI and a stolen base and Bickford went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI as Saint Anselm (7-4) blanked Concordia (0-1), 7-0. After a scoreless first inning, Saint Anselm scored either one or two runs in each of the next five innings.

Sophomore Morgan Perry improved to 4-1 on the season with six shutout innings, allowing just three hits and a walk with four strikeouts. Freshman Courtney Fisher struck out one in a perfect seventh inning. Sarah Ross went the distance and had two of Concordia's three hits, but the Clippers could not overcome five errors.

After the first 10 batters of the game were retired, four-straight batters reached for Saint Anselm in the bottom of the second, with the Hawks scoring on a bases-loaded walk to Shannon McLaughlin. The Hawks added two more in the third, capitalizing on two errors in the frame.

The first four batters of the fourth reached base safely for Saint Anselm, leading to two more runs. With runners on first and second with nobody out, Bickford plated McLaughlin with a single up the middle and Erin Thompson followed with a single to right to score Madison Borrelli.

Another Bickford single scored a run in the bottom of the fifth and Colson closed out the scoring with a two-out RBI single to center in the sixth.

The Clippers got one-out doubles in the third and fourth and a walk and a single in the sixth off Perry, but the sophomore pitched her way out of each threat.

Saint Anselm 13, Northern St. 3 (5 inn.) | Box

Saint Anselm posted its highest hit and run totals since April 17, 2016 (48 games) in the second game of the day, easing past Northern St. (5-5) by a 13-3 margin in five innings. Eight of nine starters for the Hawks had at least one hit and six had multi-hit performances in the win.

Bickford went 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI atop the lineup, while Colson was 3-for-3 with two runs, two RBI and two stolen bases. Megan Murrell and Borrelli each drove in three runs on a pair of hits. Fisher threw a five-inning complete game, surrendering three runs (two earned) on five hits.

The Hawks raced out to a 4-0 lead by tallying five hits in the top of the first. Murrell started the scoring with a RBI single through the right side to score Thompson with one away. Jordan O'Connor followed with a two-run double to the gap in left center and Colson added a sacrifice fly two batters later.

After the Wolves got a run back in the bottom of the inning, Saint Anselm scored twice in the top of the second, with Thompson and Bickford coming around to score on a dropped ball in the outfield. Northern State again got one run in the home half of the second, but Borrelli canceled the run out with a RBI double down the right-field line in the top of the third to make it a 7-2 game.

Saint Anselm blew open a 7-3 game in the fourth with six runs on five hits and two Northern State errors. In the inning, Colson, Bickford and Maggie Murphy each provided run-scoring singles and Borrelli doubled in a pair of runners to help the Hawks close out the game in five innings.

The Hawks start their fourth day of action at THE Spring Games against the University of Mary at 2 p.m. on Monday, March 5, before facing the University of the Sciences for the second time in three days at 4:30 p.m.