COLCHESTER, Vt. – The Saint Anselm College softball team recorded its 10th-straight victory and tied the school record with its 33rd win of the season by blanking Saint Michael's College, 6-0, on Tuesday afternoon at Doc Jacobs Field.
Freshman Kat Stackrow drove in a career-high three runs with a pair of hits and junior Jordan O'Connor reached base all four times, going 3-for-3 with a walk, two runs, one RBI and a stolen base for Saint Anselm (33-9-1, 20-3-1 NE10). The victory over Saint Michael's (9-22, 6-15 NE10) sealed a regular-season sweep of the series for the Hawks, whose 33 victories tied the 1997 team for the most in a season in program history.
Saint Anselm's 10-game winning streak is the program's longest since the same 1997 team closed the season with 10 consecutive victories from Apr. 27 – May 11. That team also won 10 games in a row from Apr. 8 – 13, 1997. The Hawks, who were ranked No. 2 in the East Region in last week's first set of NCAA Regional Rankings and received a pair of votes in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division II Top 25, have outscored their opponents, 54-16, over the 10-game winning streak.
O'Connor's three-hit performance was her second of the season and was her fourth multi-hit game in the last five, while Stackrow's three RBI gave her five in the last two days after entering the week with four for the season. Reigning NE10 Pitcher of the Week Courtney Fisher shut out the Purple Knights for the second time in less than a week, allowing just four hits and a walk to win her fifth-straight decision.
Saint Anselm had at least one runner on base in each of the first three innings before getting to Danielle Brown in the fourth. With one out, Lauren Washburn was hit by a pitch before O'Connor walked and stole second, leaving runners at second and third. With Washburn and O'Connor still in scoring position with two outs, Stackrow drove them both in with a single to center to open the scoring.
The Hawks added two more in the fifth on a pair of extra-base hits. Erin Thompson hit a one-out double to left center and remained at second with two outs, when Shannon Colson tripled to center and scored on a throwing error on the play. Colson's triple was her sixth of the season - her six triples this spring are the most by a Hawk since Moira McCabe '10 had six in her senior season of 2010.
A Stackrow RBI double followed a pair of walks to start the inning, creating Saint Anselm's fifth run in the sixth and O'Connor plated Maddison Leite with a two-out double in the seventh to cap the scoring.
Fisher, who allowed just one runner to reach second base, retired the final seven batters of the game to finish off her third shutout of the season. The freshman has allowed just one earned run in her last 26.1 innings (0.27 ERA) spanning her last five appearances.
Brown went the distance in the circle for Saint Michael's but fell to 7-12 this season with the loss. Four Purple Knights had one hit apiece off Fisher, but all four hits were just singles.
Saint Anselm concludes the regular season with a three-game set at Stonehill, beginning with a single game on Friday, Apr. 27 at 3 p.m.