Two shutouts result in softball split on Monday

LEESBURG, Fla. – The Saint Anselm College softball team split a pair of shutouts on Monday, bouncing back from a 3-0 loss to the University of Mary with a 5-0 victory over the University of the Sciences at Sleepy Hollow Recreation Complex in THE Spring Games.

Brieann Backes scattered eight hits in the opener for the University of Mary (5-3) to keep Saint Anselm (8-5) scoreless. Morgan Perry threw her second shutout of the season in the win over USciences (2-8), allowing just four hits and one walk with 11 strikeouts.

University of Mary 3, Saint Anselm 0 | Box

The top-three hitters in the Marauders' lineup combined to go 6-for-11 with two runs and two RBI and Backes tossed an eight-hit shutout to lead the University of Mary past Saint Anselm in the first game of the day. Rebekkah Keller was 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored, while Paige Matsuki had a pair of doubles and two RBI as part of a 2-for-4 performance.

Named the Northeast-10 Conference Rookie of the Week earlier in the day, Courtney Fisher made the start for the Hawks, allowing three runs (two earned) on eight hits in four innings of work. Classmate Abbie Murrell limited the Marauders to one hit and one walk with three strikeouts over the final three frames.

Amanda Bickford had three of Saint Anselm's eight hits for her fifth-straight multi-hit performance. Madison Borrelli was 2-for-3 at the plate.

Keller gave the University of Mary the only run it would need in the top of the first, drawing a one-out walk, stealing second, moving to third on a grounder and scoring on a fielder's choice. Kylie Alto and Matsuki doubled in runs in the third and fourth, respectively.

Saint Anselm had multiple runners on base in each of the first four innings, but left 13 runners on base in the game, including eight in scoring position.

Saint Anselm 5, USciences 0 | Box

Perry's second shutout of the season featured 11 strikeouts, one shy of her career-high 12 in a two-hitter against West Virginia St. on Feb. 17 as the sophomore improved to 5-1 on the season. After four scoreless innings, the Hawks scored in each of the final three to back Perry, who got five of the first six outs via strikeout.

With the game scoreless in the top of the fifth, Shannon Colson's speed created the game's first run. The sophomore singled up the middle, stole second with one out and scored all the way from second on a wild pitch to break the deadlock. In the next inning, Colson lifted a sacrifice fly to deep center field with the bases loaded and one out to score pinch-runner Michaela Kane and make it a 2-0 game.

The Hawks added three insurance runs in the seventh, using three hits and two errors along the way. The first run of the inning came on a throwing error after an infield single by Maggie Murphy with nobody out. Jordan O'Connor, the next batter, plated a run with a RBI groundout and Megan Murrell followed with a RBI single to right to account for the final two runs.

Following four-straight doubleheaders, Saint Anselm has Tuesday off before playing Mercyhurst (4:30 p.m.) and Minnesota Duluth (7 p.m.) on Wednesday, March 7 at Legends Way Ballfields.