WORCESTER, Mass. – The Saint Anselm College softball team matched its longest winning streak in 17 years and locked up the top seed in the Northeast Division of the Northeast-10 Conference by recording its ninth-straight victory, 6-2, at Assumption College on Monday.
With the victory, Saint Anselm (32-9-1, 19-3-1 NE10) improved to 15-2 in divisional play this season with the team's nine-game winning streak equaling the program's longest since another nine-game run from Apr. 15 – 22, 2001. Assumption (17-12, 12-7 NE10) suffered its sixth divisional loss, leaving the Greyhounds, Southern New Hampshire and Merrimack all four games behind the Hawks in the loss column with four games remaining for Saint Anselm. The Hawks hold the tiebreaker with each of those other three opponents by virtue of winning the season series against all three teams.
Saint Anselm's 32 victories this season tie the 1999 team for the second-highest single-season total in program history and leave the Hawks one win away from equaling the all-time record of 33 set by the 1997 team that finished 33-9.
Sophomore Erin Thompson and junior Jordan O'Connor each had a pair of hits for Saint Anselm with Thompson driving in a run and O'Connor scoring once. Seven of the Hawks' nine starters recorded a hit in the victory to help Saint Anselm complete the three-game sweep of the Greyhounds.
The Hawks started the game with a run in the first, putting runners on the corners with one out following a Maggie Murphy double and a Thompson single. In the next at bat, Thompson was thrown out stealing second but Murphy scampered home to score on the play.
Saint Anselm added five more runs in the second to bust the game open. After the Hawks loaded the bases with one out, freshman Kat Stackrow provided a two-run single down the left-field line and Amanda Bickford followed with a two-run single of her own up the middle. Two batters later, Thompson doubled to left to score Bickford and cap the five-run second.
Assumption got its first run on a RBI double by Haley Drakoulakos in the third off Saint Anselm starter Morgan Perry. Perry improved to 17-3 by working the first four innings, allowing the one run on four hits with a walk and three strikeouts. Newly-minted NE10 Pitcher of the Week Courtney Fisher earned her second save by working the final three innings, allowing a run on a Julia Mazzeo RBI double in the seventh, while striking out three.
The Hawks, who have won 19 of their last 21 games, head to Saint Michael's on Tuesday, Apr. 24 for a 4 p.m. game with the Purple Knights to wrap up their series. Saint Anselm won both games of a home doubleheader back on Apr. 18.